Written by Grace Herbert, Young Friends of the Earth Ireland
YFoE Ireland recently had their Annual General Meeting (AGM) (see photos here: http://on.fb.me/IZlpPW). It took place in Seomra Spraoí in Dublin, an autonomous social centre, which served us beautiful vegan food for lunch and dinner. The AGM was an opportunity for young environmentalists to give their input into the direction in which they would like YFoE Ireland to focus. It was also an opportunity for us to learn more about YFoE, the work it does, the campaigns it runs and how the organisation hopes to grow.
In April the very first Food@Farm workshop of this year was organised by Young Friends of the Earth Netherlands (JMA) in Leiden. For this project, first year students are invited to come along to an organic farm where they can see where their food actually comes from. Even though this visit is very interesting and gives an accurate view of what it means to be an organic farmer in the Netherlands, it does not provide the tools for the students to change the way they eat. Therefore, we also give a workshop how to cook vegetarian and according to the seasons!
Written by Adnan Smajić, Centre for Environment, Bosnia and Herzegovina
From 20-22 June world leaders will gather for the UN Conference on Sustainable Development, in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. Marking the twentieth anniversary of the first Earth Summit in Rio de Janeiro in 1992, this June groups and organisations across the globe are calling for greater people power and democracy in the UN negotiations, and an end to greenwashed solutions to ecological collapse.
Written by Max Ramezani, BUNDjugend/YFoE Germany
In the end of April Young Friends of the Earth Berlin had the great chance to meet Wale Obayanju from Friends of the Earth Nigeria.
Berlin. When we within our Berlin group consider actions to raise awareness on global environmental issues here in town we are usually confronted with a twofold problem:
Written by Sven Janovski, Green Action/FoE Croatia
Sitting in the rural Liberian village of Small Bong Mines, about to eat a meal at the house of one of my new colleagues at the Sustainable Development Institute -Friends of the Earth (FoE) Liberia- the voice of Celine Dion unexpectedly floated across the dead heat of the midday sun. 'Near, far, where ever you are,' she cried, 'my heart will go on'. The local radio station was commemorating the 100th anniversary of the sinking of the Titanic, a terrible tragedy that cost the lives of 1,500 people in icy Atlantic waters.
As we start to see the impacts of climate change all around the world, it would be essential to stop being dependent on fossil fuels.
But despite this urgent need, oil companies teamed up with the Canadian government and trying to bring tar sands, the most polluting fossil fuel, into Europe.
Once upon a time, in a place not very far away, a dedicated group of activists had a brilliant idea: let's bring young people from across Europe together! To share ideas, make friends, and campaign together for planet and people. Young Friends of the Earth Europe grew, became older, and soon had many members from all four corners of Europe.
Sounds like a fairy tale? But it's true - this year we are five years old!
HAPPY BIRTHDAY EVERYONE!
So, how will we celebrate? And how can you join the festivities?
Brainstorming. Energizers. Video. Climate justice now! Inspirational people. ''Snoring'' game. Strange UNO card game. Lot's of hugging. Collectiveness. Laughter. Happiness. – Some of the words that pop up into my head when I think about the last couple of days spent in Switzerland. It isn't very easy to put such an intense experience in just a few words, but I'll try.