In October I had the wonderful opportunity to visit Poland, as I was invited to take part in an environmental protection and ecological building sector study visit.
The Ministry of Economy of the Republic of Poland provided this free of charge visit and study tour to representatives of Canadian media and companies, journalists, organizations, entrepreneurs, bloggers with focus on sustainability. The aim of the study visit was to promote Polish environmental protection and green building sector and to encourage business contacts between Polish and Canadian companies.
In the 80 s, as a teenager, I have toured Poland once, and I was excited to re-visit the country again.
Having a direct flight by the Polish Airline between Toronto and Warsaw, made the eight hours travel time quite smooth.
(all pictures by me)
The participation in the POLEKO 2014 was the main event of the visit. POLEKO is the most important international environmental protection trade fair in Poland/Poznan.
The trade sow was packed with conferences and meetings with leading Polish entrepreneurs from the environmental protection industry. The show provided great potential for exhibitors and visitors to learn, advance, and to conclude long-term contracts. POLEKO Trade Fair was carefully designed to go parallel with the development of economy and environmental protection in Poland, and is the only event that provides for hundreds of companies to present their achievements in the field of ecology continuously for over two decades. Seventeen countries were participating this year, and was a great opportunity to get to know economic and ecological potentials of Poland.
Waste Management was especially focused topic at the show. There were numerous forums on recycling and conferences devoted to energy and renewable energy sources, seeking practical forms of implementing the principles of sustainable energy development.
Below pictures were taken at the Uprising Museum in Warsaw.
The museum is dedicated to the Warsaw Uprising of 1944. It was established in 1983, but opened only in 2004.
It is a rich collection of hundreds of artifacts, ranging from weapons to love letters, a historical information on the uprising and recordings of the stories and memories. In the century-old brick power station setting, the museum allowed me to travel back in history, sounds of nearby bombs destroying buildings, big screen movie settings allowed soldiers to walk by...an extraordinary experience of the grim stories of how polish people fought and were crushed by the Nazis in 1944. I got goosebumps by the opportunity to get an actual insight of the role played by Soviet troops. It is a must see!