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Jan 20, 2014 - Environmental Youth for a Sustainable Future onboard the Peace Boat
Peace Boat's 81st Global Voyage left Yokohama on November 22, 2013 with more than 950 participants onboard. The voyage is stopping in various countries in the southern hemisphere, passing the Cape of Good Hope, crossing the Atlantic, and passing Tierra del Fuego. The ship will visit countries such as Argentina, Brazil, Chile, Uruguay, and Peru before returning to Japan on March 6, 2014.

During the voyage, Peace Boat and international environmental network Friends of the Earth will join together to bring a group of youth from Argentina and Chile on board as participants in the international student programme. These students will embark in Ushuaia and will remain onboard the ship until Valaparaiso, as a continuation of Peace Boat's activities related to the United Nations Conference Rio+20 on Sustainable Development. The participants will discuss the current situation of environmental issues in their respective countries and sustainable solutions for the region.

Peace Boat works to offer educational opportunities for all participants onboard during the global voyages. A number of lectures and workshops on various current global issues are held every day on the ship. During the 81st Global Voyage, Jenia Jofre of the environmental non-profit organization CODEFF (Committee for the Defense of the Flora and Fauna of Chile) will be on board to speak about their activities and the campaign to make Patagonia a World Heritage site. CODEFF is the Chilean member organization of Friends of the Earth International (FOEI) and has been heavily involved in the protection of wildlife and the preservation of ecosystems since 1968 as the oldest environmental organization in Latin America. Natalia Salvatico of Friends of the Earth International in Buenos Aires, Argentina will also be onboard, together with a group of young environmentalists from the region.

In the ports of call, various study and exchange programs will be held, with a focus on promoting peace and sustainability at both the local and global level. In Ushuaia (January 17) and Valparaiso (January 24), youth will participate in a programme with "Ushuaia Recycles" and will join a team of environmentalists in the coastal town to support the construction of an ecological building called the "Earth Ship".

The Peace Boat will also travel through Patagonia, raising awareness about the importance of developing innovative forms of renewable energy in the region. Participants in the programme will learn about the environmental impact and risks presented by the possible construction of hydroelectric dams in Chilean Patagonia, as well as the need to declare Patagonia a World Heritage Site under UNESCO.

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Peace Boat:
Founded in 1983, Peace Boat is an international non-governmental and non-profit organization with Special Consultative Status with the Economic and Social Council of the United Nations that works to promote peace, human rights, and fair and sustainable environmental development, through global educational programs, international cooperation and campaigns during its global voyages. The boat creates a neutral and mobile space that allows its participants to overcome borders and initiate relationships of cooperation and dialogue in the open sea and in the ports we visit, using the trip itself as a tool for positive social and political change. Peace Boat seeks to contribute to projects for sustainable development and minimization of environmental impact by connecting local issues in a global context and learning first-hand how we can positively impact these issues.

Friends of the Earth:
Friends of the Earth International is the largest environmental network in the world, bringing together more than 76 Member national groups and some 5,000 local activist groups on every continent. With more than 2 million members and followers around the world, they are the largest organization campaigning on today?fs environmental and social issues. Friends of the Earth defies the current model of economic and corporate globalization and promotes solutions that will help to create environmentally sustainable and socially just societies. This program will connect to the CJE (Energy and Climate Justice) program, whose goal is to build a global, diverse and effective movement for climate justice. Climate justice is an approach to the climate crisis, and seeks structural changes to challenge the neo-liberal model and radically reduce consumption.

Contact: Emilie McGlone, Peace Boat US, emilie(a)peaceboat-us.org
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