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.
The Annual Network Gathering is Young Friends of the Earth Europe's main decision making event, bringing up to 30 representatives from our member groups together to meet and discuss campaign plans and long term strategies for the whole Young Friends of the Earth Europe network. The gathering is also the place for groups to get to know each other, share plans and make connections. This year we're very happy to be hosted by our Young Friends of the Earth group in Switzerland.
WHEN: 22nd- 26th March 2012
Every year Young Friends of the Earth Europe organises our summer camp to bring together activists from local and national Young Friends of the Earth groups from across Europe. This year we're excited to announce that it will be taking place from 14-19th August at the As Corcerizas environmental education centre, near Ourense, Spain. The centre is run by Friends of the Earth Galicia, and it's located in the magnificent mountains of north-west Spain.
My name's Laura and I'm currently living in a treehouse I built, 17m high in a pine tree. Along with a small group of other wonderfully passionate people, we are occupying the forest which is the site of a future airport near Notre-Dame-des-Landes, France. We are building a campaign to stop the Grand Ouest airport– along with its highway, TGV train line and metropolis expansion. It's being greenwashed as an 'ecological' project, and like so many massive constructions, it's being undemocratically bulldozed into people's lives.
She is young, responsible and a friend of the Earth. I met her at YFoEE Summer Camp 2011 in Hungary where she was helping the FoE Hungary team to organise the summer camp. Besides her wonderful help, she created an amazing movie of the summer camp in Ónod! This time we get to know Zsuzsa Földes (age 23), FoE Hungary, a bit better.
Just do what you are interested in, you are not crazy.
"What do you feel when you buy food?" – was what Mario la Rosa (29), from Sicily, Italy, asked me. I have known him for several years and I am still impressed by his devotion to the topic of food and agriculture in his everyday life and the changes he creates by his work everyday. He opened my eyes that buying a car and food is not the same and I started to wonder where my food comes from and what values I support when I buy it.
A delegation of young climate activists gathered in front of the Environment Council today, to hand their demands to the ministers and representatives of the Polish and Austrian environment ministry. The activists pushed youth, disguised as politicians, towards more ambitious climate targets with a giant Cent coin.