© 2019 text and photos: Bogdan Kladnik & friends 


Čižmanova 6, 1211 Ljubljana, Slovenia 


We eat cookies while in Europe - and pancakes in the rest of the World. Keep them in dry place if possible.


Young Guardians of Universe (from 2010)

The movement Young Guardians of Universe was established in April 2010

when Bogdan, Pan and Žan Kladnik, together with Gašper Pinter, organised

the first presentation of the movement in Skopje (Macedonia), and recorded extensive water pollution in Serbia and Macedonia on the way.

In October 2010, Žan’s classmates from the Gymnasium Bežigrad in Ljubljana joined the three founders. In December 2010 the Young Guardians made their first film, Plastic fantastic, in Slovenian and then in March 2011 also in Serbian language. Watch the film Plastic Fantastic (Serbian version) and have a laugh.

The groups’ various talents were also put into their beautiful song

Will you join us, the anthem of our movement (Music and vocal: Ajda Centa, Lyrics: Bogdan Kladnik, Arranged by: Enos Kugler). This song is unique as it is sung in English, Slovenian and Serbian simultaneously.

The Young Guardians epic journey through 9 countries 

On 22 April 2011 the group started with its first BALKAN mission. In only six months, from April to October 2011, we presented our fight for clean water in a total of 9 countries (Slovenia, Italy, Austria, Croatia, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Montenegro, Albania, Macedonia and Serbia) ... 

Young Guardians as Slovene national winners of the 2012 European Charlemagne Youth Prize 

Žiga Potrebuješ represented the Young Guardians project on the Award Ceremony (14-17 May 2012) in Aachen University organized by the European Parliament and the Foundation of the International Charlemagne prize of Aachen.

Young Guardians in China in 2012/2013

Pan Kladnik photographed and filmed the Shaolin orphanage and the Shaolin temple in Dengfeng in August & November 2012 and May 2013. We finished 3 books about the Shaolin temple which will support environmental and social projects in China.

Watch his interview about the Shaolin orphanage with Flora Weil from France: 

Ajda Centa on the Youth in Action Forum in Beijing, China in 2013

Ajda Centa, the heart and soul of the Young Guardians team won the second place in the competition "Little Green Film Award" with her video Last Gasp

and participated as a photographer on the Beijing Youth Forum & English Debate Academy. The event took place in the mystical Republic of China from 29 th August - 7th September and brought together young people from China, Thailand, Lithuania and Slovenia.

Young Guardians Slovenia & China in Slovenia, 

02th December 2013

It's time to write history. We are so happy that Ajda's friends, whom she met on Youth in Action 2013 in Beijing, came to Slovenia as debaters to the International Debate Academy Slovenia. We used their free time to organize the first-ever meeting of the Young Guardians from Slovenia and China. It was hosted by Brdo Protocol Services of the Republic of Slovenia in the modern convention centre on the beautiful estate Brdo pri Kranju.

Building bridges between Slovenia and China

The friendly co-operation between the youth from Slovenia and China (one of

the smallest - and the biggest nation in the world) in the nicest possible way demonstrates the philosophy and commitment of Guardians of the Earth:


There are no great words - or great philosophy. It's just a simple and honest idea. And the philosophy (if you really need it) is pure and simple. Each man contributes only one brick ... but together we - build bridges.

Trashbonding - cleaning nature & having fun in 2017

Cleaning the banks of the river Sava near Ljubljana, Slovenia


To Jerry, Ajda, Rinesh, Pan, Žan, Raphael, Jana, Vesna, Gapi,

Polona, Eva, Nika, YanXuan, Teja, Rok, Niki, Flora ...​

While working on the Guardians of Universe project,

I meet and speak to hundreds of people from all over the world.

Good and bad, wise and not so wise, educated and not ...

people of all shapes and sizes, races, colours and religions.

But every now and then, I meet young men and women - well actually they are still boys and girls -

who fascinate me with their intelligence and knowledge,

and an innate wisdom which is rare to find, even in much older people.

Between you, amazingly, you write songs, teach orphans in China during your holidays, work in ecological organisations and aids foundations in USA, help kids in Brazilian slums, build schools in Africa ...

and many other things.

Thank you, guys, with all my heart.

Your kindness, willingness and determination to help others give me hope

that it is not too late to fight - in the battle for a better world.

Bogdan Kladnik