On May 25th, history was made.
The people of Ireland voted almost 2 to 1 to repeal the 8th amendment to the Irish constitution, an amendment installed in 1983 that gave equal right to life to the foetus and the mother. That year, the vote was won by 67% to 33%. This year, that figure was flipped, with 69% voting to remove the 8th amendment. The descriptors being used is 'landslide'.
The trojan horse of free trade agreements has finally visited Cyprus!
For the past few months YFoE Cyprus have been using the huge prop to raise awareness about the hidden dangers of Free Trade Agreements such as CETA and JEFTA. From the mountains of Troodos to the city centre of the capital of Nicosia, the Trojan horse attracted the public, who were then informed about CETA by YFoE Cyprus activists.
After Ingrid's introduction to the ideas of Agri-Activism, it is my turn (Lena) to offer you a glimpse into our lives as agri-activists! At the time of writing we have been on Caerhys Organic farm for a whole month, which is a good time to reflect upon the things learned so far. For this reason I will share with you what it has been like to be an absolute newcomer to work and life on a farm.
Welcome to the first post of the year from the YFoEE agri-activism placement 2018!
This blog already hosted several agri-activists' voices before ours so we won't spend too much time describing the project. However, an introduction is recquired before we can get into the details of our stay in future posts. So here it is, please bare with us.
Katie Hodgetts and Kate Whitaker
Today marks two weeks since women in Yarl’s Wood detention centre started a strike to protest the UK Home Office’s immoral practices, inhumane treatment of detainees and unfair detention system. Read a full list of their demands here.
Mikayel Hovhannisyan, a member of YFoEE's food and agriculture working group, warns of the huge dangers posed by the Amulsar gold mine in Armenia, which he is campaigning against.
Elena, from Global 2000/Young Friends of the Earth Austria, reflects on her visit to Environmental Rights action (ERA)/Friends of the Earth Nigeria. This exchange was part of a Friends of the Earth International project working to strengthen solidarity and collaboration between youth in Europe and Africa.
Today, Nature and Youth/Young FoE Norway and Greenpeace Norway are filing an appeal against the Norwegian Government for Arctic oil drilling. The appeal challenges the Oslo District Court decision, which said that Norwegian government "can not be held accountable for global emissions from Norwegian produced oil and gas abroad."
Let me take you on a little trip to the beautiful place in the middle of nowhere called Caerhys Organic Farm. Here you work hard, make friends, learn lots and make an impact.
I spent two months in a caravan with a perfect view, harvesting vegetables and joining Gerald in his campaigns.
As I wrote in my blog, we mostly had a lot of GOOD FUN and every week was different. But to give you a little idea how an "average" week would look like, here it is: