Elena, from Global 2000/Young Friends of the Earth Austria, reflects on her visit to Environmental Rights action (ERA)/Friends of the Earth Nigeria. This exchange was part of a Friends of the Earth International project working to strengthen solidarity and collaboration between youth in Europe and Africa.
Today, Nature and Youth/Young FoE Norway and Greenpeace Norway are filing an appeal against the Norwegian Government for Arctic oil drilling. The appeal challenges the Oslo District Court decision, which said that Norwegian government "can not be held accountable for global emissions from Norwegian produced oil and gas abroad."
Let me take you on a little trip to the beautiful place in the middle of nowhere called Caerhys Organic Farm. Here you work hard, make friends, learn lots and make an impact.
I spent two months in a caravan with a perfect view, harvesting vegetables and joining Gerald in his campaigns.
As I wrote in my blog, we mostly had a lot of GOOD FUN and every week was different. But to give you a little idea how an "average" week would look like, here it is:
"Four weeks ago I left my ordinary Dutch life to give it a try: working on a remote organic farm in Wales and work on a sustainable food system. I knew I was going to learn a lot of new things but I didn't know I was going to have so much FUN!!" - Tosca Boot, Agri-Activist volunteer 2017
What does it mean to negotiate for the climate and to take decisions about the future of the planet? Leaving aside any government representatives, summits, media statements and reportages, a group of sixteen young people now can answer these questions! Because they participated in the first simulation of the United Nations Climate Change conference (COP) in Sofia that took place on 25th of November in Sofia University "St. Kliment Ohridski", with the support of three Sofia based university eco-clubs.
Maria Novita Saragi from YFoE Russia
"Nothing burns like the cold. But only for a while. Then it gets inside you and starts to fill you up, and after a while you don't have the strength to fight it." Said George R.R. Martin, the American writer who wrote the phenomenal series Game of Thrones.
Today was the last day in court where three environmental organisations – including Natur og Ungdom/Young FoE Norway – have taken on the Norwegian government for opening up new areas in the Arctic to oil drilling. The plaintiffs have been arguing that drilling for new oil violates the Norwegian Constitution and contravenes the Paris Agreement.
A landmark court case kicks off today, as a historic people-powered lawsuit against the Norwegian government for granting new licenses to drill for oil in the Arctic Barents Sea reaches the courts. The plaintiffs, Natur og Ungdom/Young Friends of the Earth Norway and Greenpeace Nordic, argue that the decision contravenes the Paris climate agreement and violates the right to a safe and healthy environment for current and future generations granted by the Norwegian Constitution.
At the beginning of October, I took part in a Model Climate Negotiation game designed by the MIT in Norway. People from countries around the world took part, including India, Fiji, Kenya, the United Kingdom, Zambia, Syria, Norway, Ethiopia just to name a few. The game simulated the annual discussions at the UN climate talks – or the Conference of the Parties (COP). This happened just weeks before COP23 kicked off in Bonn, where governments from around the world are meeting to discuss how to implement the Paris climate deal agreed at COP21.