First International Day
“Shake Your Earth”
8 June 2012

The first International Day “Shake Your Earth” took place on June 8, 2012 in 7 countries (Benin, Burkina Faso, Cameroon, France, Madagascar, Niger, Democratic Republic of Congo and Togo). It brought together 8 non-governmental organizations on the theme:

“Sustainable development, Why? How? My job and I in 20 years “.

The partners were: AJ TOGO – Youth Association in Togo; AJVC CAMEROUN – Association Jeunesse Verte du Cameroun; ANCE-TOGO – Association of National Alliance of Consumers and Environment in Togo; DEMIE-E Niger – NGO Development for a Better Being in Niger; Gaïa France; JVE BENIN – Young Volunteers for the Environment Benin; SAM – FFMM Madagascar and WEP Burkina Faso – Women Environmental Program Burkina Faso.

This international exchange day took place a few days before the start of the World Conference on Sustainable Development (Rio + 20), organized from 20 to 22 June 2012 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. The Conference was of the utmost importance. It was a matter of taking stock of the situation since the United Nations Conference on Environment and Development (called the Earth Summit) which had been held in the same city 20 years earlier.

It is in this context that we have inscribed the first edition of “Shake Your Earth”. It was a question of inviting each participant to project himself in the next 20 years in his personal and professional development while taking into account the stakes and the challenges facing our societies and our planet.

The project

Resolutely registered in the local, each one was invited to take into account the opportunities for action in the new trades, the efficient management of natural resources or the implementation of a sustainable, just and solidarity that is conducive to prosperity for all.

Each partner, whether in Madagascar, Benin or France, organized the day exactly the same.

A series of 3 presentations opened the debate.
– Sustainable development: why? for who ? how?
– Climate change: challenges and opportunities for my country
– Youth and green jobs: myth or reality?

Three roundtables allowed stakeholders to engage with the participants so that everyone could incorporate the challenges of implementation into their daily lives.
– Train youth on what is at stake – Challenges of new jobs and new skills
– Produce differently to consume differently – From information to action: needs for new skills and new trades
– Access to energy and renewable energies – Skill needs, challenges and challenges

Useful Documents

To download the press release on the launch of the international “Shake Your Earth” initiative:

click here

To download the report of the 2012 International “Shake Your Earth” initiative:

click here

All those who have participated are now partners of the next edition. The various partner associations were able to benefit from the visibility brought by the international dynamic to invite each participant to go beyond his simple concerns. There have been exchanges between people who would probably never have spoken without “Shake Your Earth”.

Partnerships were initiated during this day and this allowed everyone to take action while awaiting the second edition.

In Madagascar, as elsewhere, several associations have asked to become partners of “Shake Your Earth” of the next editions.

A big thank you to our partners, their members and all those who made possible the first stone of this collective adventure.

Whether you are a student, a citizen or a member of an NGO, do not hesitate to contact us if you are interested in this initiative and join the “Shake Your Earth” College of Friends to prepare the next edition with us.

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