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.
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.