Welcome to the first post of the year from the YFoEE agri-activism placement 2018!
This blog already hosted several agri-activists' voices before ours so we won't spend too much time describing the project. However, an introduction is recquired before we can get into the details of our stay in future posts. So here it is, please bare with us.
Katie Hodgetts and Kate Whitaker
Today marks two weeks since women in Yarl’s Wood detention centre started a strike to protest the UK Home Office’s immoral practices, inhumane treatment of detainees and unfair detention system. Read a full list of their demands here.
Mikayel Hovhannisyan, a member of YFoEE's food and agriculture working group, warns of the huge dangers posed by the Amulsar gold mine in Armenia, which he is campaigning against.
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.