Thursday was an exciting and interesting day at the summer camp. First we took part in several workshops that participants led themselves, on the following topics.
WE ARE YOUNG; WE ARE FIVE; WE ARE FREE!
As most of you surely already know, today is Young Friends of the Earth Europe's 5th birthday. Congratulations to everyone!!! We are all doing a great job and can be very proud of what we have achieved. Here's to another five successful years of YFoEE!
"Young people have shown great leadership by walking out of the Rio+20 Summit today. The future belongs to them and today we share their outrage. Their voices must be heard. World leaders should not trash their future,"
These are the words of Nnimmo Bassey from Friends of the Earth International, after protests yesterday at the Rio+20 summit. The protests were led by a group of young people and civil society organisations, denouncing world leaders failure to tackle the planetary crisis at the UN summit.
This morning, Push Europe helped deliver a petition to the UK government with over 1 million signatures globally, calling to #EndFossilFuelSubsidies - arguing that the first step to stopping climate change would be to stop funding it! Petitions today are also being delivered to leaders in other G20 countries including Sydney and Washington DC.
The signatures have been collected by 350.org and were delivered to the UK government at Downing street, London together with activists from Push Europe, Friends of the Earth and Avaaz.
By Jamie Gorman, Young Friends of the Earth Ireland - @JamieCGorman
In 1992, when the nations of the world came together at the Rio Earth Summit, the closest thing to pollution I was thinking about was my dirty nappy. Now, as Rio+20 gets underway, I am a graduate about to head out into the world as a community worker. During my journey from cot to climate activism a lot has changed in the world. Yet the principles of the 1992 Rio Declaration stand as a radical and inspirational avowal from 172 nations-representing 98% of the world’s population- that they no longer wanted to build a world on unsustainability, injustice and inequity.
Our inspiring friends at People & Planet in the UK have today launched the 'Green League 2012' – a comprehensive and independent green ranking of all UK universities. It reveals the 'greenest universities ever' with a large proportion making significant improvements in environmental performance since previous years.
Nature and Youth (Young Friends of the Earth Norway) and one of our sister organization in Russia, Priroda i Molodezh, have since February this year had an ongoing petition for the closure of an old and dangerous nuclear power plant in the North-West of Russia. In addition to the many unsustainable sides of nuclear power, three out of the four reactors at Kola NPP are operating beyond the 30-year recommended lifetime, which makes it even more risky not to shut it down.
by Jamie Gorman, Young Friends of the Earth Ireland @JamieCGorman
At the UN climate talks which are taking place in Bonn, the shift towards abandoning the principle of common but differentiated responsibility is subtle, but its impact will have a huge impact on ensuring social and environmental justice for those most affected by climate change.
For the past three years, I have always been attending the yearly sessions of the UN climate talks in Bonn, Germany, as part of the Young Friends of the Earth delegations. This time, I didn’t travel to Bonn and decided to follow the negotiations from home instead. I have to admit that I had very mixed feelings when I took this decision. I was sure I would miss the familiar halls of the Maritim Hotel, where the conference takes place each year, or the cosy atmosphere at the Max Hostel, which always becomes a hub for young climate activists from around the world during the time of the Bonn climate talks.