Daniel Voskoboynik, a member of the Young Friends of the Earth Europe core team for COP21, debunks the Paris Agreement in this inspiring and reflective article. This blog was originally posted by Daniel here.
This is the first installment in a series of articles that Young Friends of the Earth activists are launching which tell the story of our growing movement for social and environmental justice and against dirty energy and corporate power.
Repression seems to be our governments’ increasingly widespread recipe for stopping the peoples’ struggles for justice and basic rights.
YFoEE is collaborating with Caerhys organic farm in Wales to provide an opportunity for young people to engage in a two month agri-activism experience this summer. Read more below to find out more about the farm, the project and how you can apply!
Fed up with the supermarket stranglehold on our food system? Are you active in the fight against the damaging system of corporate-controlled, pesticide-heavy, GM crops – and do you want to push for an alternative?
Meaghan Carmody (Young Friends of the Earth Ireland) shares her personal reflections on the recent YFoEE Food and Agriculture Working Group meeting that was held in Berlin, Germany to coincide with the 'We're Fed up' march - demanding global food and agricultural justice.
Tina Andersen Vågenes from Natur og Ungdom (Young Friends of the Earth Norway) shares their group's story of local fight to save Norwegian fjords from mining waste. The Norwegian government approved the large scale disposal of mining waste in the Førde fjord in May. However, the fight is not over yet.
Marina is a young woman from Greece who is using art as a way of confronting and challenging injustices while creating the world that we know is possible. Her art can be viewed here.
Some of her previous work includes a beautiful mural in Lima, Peru, that she made together with Luka Tomac of Friends of the Earth Croatia during the UN climate talks in 2014, and which shows how climate change, dirty energy and extractivism are affecting people.
COP21 has reached its end game. The Durban platform closed on Saturday, and a new draft has been negotiated by ministers has now been published.
Despite countless closed door meetings, late night sessions, unprecedented exclusion of civil society and attempts by powerful Northern countries to hasten the process, little has been achieved so far.
Jamie Gorman & Romina Ranke from Young Friends of The Earth Europe, beautifully summarise why is it important to stand in solidarity with social and climate movements from Global South, and why frontline communities fighting climate change are building the real solutions to the climate crisis.
Today, we organised an action at the COP21, criticising the draft Paris agreement released over the weekend. We used a giant locked door to symbolise the barring of civil society observers from the negotiations, and the nature of the conference as a venue for backroom deals. The draft text flies in the face of the Convention: key principles are not being respected and many provisions will be voluntary. We did this action to demand and ask: what are developed countries hiding? What is the hidden agenda behind this unjust draft deal?