This summer, thirty young people took part in a four-day summer school in beautiful Matsalu National Park in the West of Estonia. The theme was sustainable food: it concentrated on permaculture and soil, but participants also learned about agricultural policies and wild plants. There was also time for participants own ideas: there was a workshop about food sovereignty and an open session where everybody could propose a discussion topic.
Young Friends of the Earth Scotland and Natur og Ungdom (Nature and Youth)/ Young Friends of the Earth Norway came together for a three-day training in Aberdeen, Scotland on the theme of 'Just Transition' as part of YFoEE's larger series of trainings on working with affected communities which took place across Europe. Specifically, we were looking at how to transition away from oil while still protecting workers' rights and we looked at the similarities and differences between our two countries' experiences.
From May 30th until June 2nd, Young FoE Europe organised a mini-training in Brussels on working with rural communities. This training was part of the project "Youth and Communities for Environmental Justice". The aim was to help young volunteers from Belgium, Ireland, Latvia and Spain to engage with rural youth and to develop joint activities with young people from rural areas in their communities.
Young Friends of the Earth Malta followed up their successful first round of crop-growing workshops by bringing more young people together to learn how to farm sustainabily in a dry climate.
In May, over 200 young people joined Young Fiends of the Earth Cyprus for a food sovereignty weekend - a chance to lean practical tips about how to build a better, fairer and more localised food system.
Amigos de la Tierra Juventud La Rioja/YFoE Spain organised a training with rural youth in Muro de Aguas, in the north of Spain to better understand and connnect with youth in rural communities on environmental and social justice issues.
Youth participants learned the basic concepts of how rural communities are at risk of depopulation, and specifically the role of women farmers and livestock from an ecofeminist point of view.
Growing your own food - ever wondered how to do it? Last month, Young Friends of the Earth Malta ran a series of workshops with young people on everything from upcycling raised beds using wooden pallets, to growing, maintaining, and harvesting your crops.
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