Written by Natascha Deininger, Friends of the Earth Flanders and Brussel
We're really happy to celebrate our achievements of 2012 and plan many more exciting things for 2013 with this special edition Young Friends of the Earth Europe 2013 Calendar. Please feel free to download and print it and use it every day!
Wirtten by Juliana Okropiridse, Global 2000Jugend
We have a whole week – that is a lot of time. That's what we thought. Well, it was not enough to include all of the sessions we wanted into Qatar in Brussels (QiB).
Susi, the agenda-mistress, did her best to ensure we got the most from each day. This resulted in parallel sessions for participants to choose from, which kept the ball rolling and led to even more exciting conversations during the joint meals, because everyone had done something different during the day.
Posters on the wall scribbled full with names and wording that we don't understand. Young people sitting on couches and around tables talking in a language we don't follow. It seems they are having a serious discussion, but suddenly there's hard laughter; so maybe not a discussion. A group gathers around and sits on their knee's and suddenly starts counting so loud that all conversations stop; a game of turnaround hide and seek is starting and someone runs away to hide, later to be found be 40 wild Norwegians.
Written by Friederike Hanisch, Qatar in Brussels participant
Somewhere in between numerous climate justice discussions, updates from Qatar and probably some of the best vegan meals ever cooked, I held a workshop on economic growth. More specifically, we looked at various issues that are wrong with our growth-addicted economic system ranging from ever increasing resource use (don't miss out on the impossible hamster), to social pressure to consume ad infinitum and the system's failure to provide for equity and jobs for all.
On the last day of the COP 18 UN climate talks, European youth gathered in Brussels have drafted this open letter to Connie Hedegaard, the EU commissioner for climate action. Please read the letter we have sent to her, and forward it far and wide.
Dear Commissioner Hedegaard,
We, European youth and civil society, are writing to you in these critical final hours of the UN climate talks in Doha to demand that the EU acts now and changes its position at the UNFCCC.
BRUSSELS: 15:00, 6 December 2012
Young People from 12 European countries held a theatrical demonstration in Brussels to demand that Europe acknowledge its historic responsibility for causing the climate crisis and commit to equitable, ambitious and just reduction targets.
As the Philippines reels from shock of super typhoon Bopha, the EU is plays a key role in preventing delegates at the UN climate negotiations in Doha, Qatar from reaching an outcome that will protect the most vulnerable communities from the worst affects of the climate crisis.
December 5 – DOHA, Qatar – Today, youth groups issued a strong demand to governments across the world at the UN climate conference.
The youth groups from every continent stood in solidarity with the world's poorest people, who are most at risk from the current and projected impacts of climate change.
The Filipino minister, Lucille Sering, held a somber tone at the action, in light of the devastating super-typhoon that has left over 80 people dead in her home country.
Written by Tara Clark, participating in Qatar in Brussels
What brings a group of young people together? A story? A passion? Inspiration? You wouldn't be mistaken for choosing all three. Being at Qatar-in-Brussels has given me as a young activist a sense of pride for my generation: we have the power to make real change.