In the run up to the COP21 UN climate talks in Paris this December, we're busting some commonly-heard climate myths, from shifting the blame to India and China to putting our faith in techno-fixes.
This first myth to kick off our series is one of the most recurring catchphrases of CEOs, lobbyists and sadly, most of our politicians.
A landmark in the campaign to scrap the the TTIP and CETA trade deals with the USA and Canada, was reached last night, as over 3 million EU citizens signed to call for and end to the agreements. After more than a year of hard work, the self-organised ECI (European Citizens' Initiative) against TTIP and CETA came to an end, after reaching every corner of Europe. Indeed, the quorum was surpassed in 23 countries, more than the triple of what is needed (seven countries) to submit an official ECI petition to the European Commission.
The Reclaim Power initiative – where YFoEE is a partner – has issued a call for mobilizations and actions to demonstrate peoples' demands for transformation of energy systems. This year's days of action are following after the successful Reclaim Power global month of mobilisation in 2013, and the week of actions in 2014.
In this interview you'll meet Olivia Saxer, a Masters student at Sciences Po Paris. Together with her friends from the student association "Sciences Po Environnement" she has organised a cooking competition, the so called "Une Triplette presque parfaite" (= the group which is almost perfect) for more than 100 first year students. Interview by Max Ramezani from the YFoEE Food and Agriculture working group.
This call to action was co-authored by Fania Noël from 350.org, who was a guest speaker at the YFoEE summer camp 2015. It's a call for climate justice by French grassroots groups – highlighting the interlinkages between climate justice and the struggles faced by people of colour, low income communities, gender-queer people, and others.
Early morning on Monday August 31st, seven JEDI climate justice activists gathered at the Baras squat in Les Lilas, in the Parisian suburbs. The town is situated in the 93 department of France, a few kilometers from the Bourget, where the Paris Climate Talks, the COP21, will take place in three months.
Many people from the Middle East and Africa have lost their homes and loved ones, and are being forced to come to Europe to seek refuge. The Young Friends of the Earth Europe steering group has been discussing ways in which we can show our solidarity and support. We have gathered together some information and suggested a number of ways you can get more involved below. Please show your support in any way you are able to.
There's news from the summer goings-on from one of the newest members of Young Friends of the Earth Europe up in the Arctic Circle in Murmansk, Russia. While some of our European network were gathered in Brittany, in north-west France for our summer camp, one of the youth networks of RSEU/Friends of the Earth Russia, Priroda I Molodezh (PiM – Nature and Youth) organised camps in both Russia and Norway.
This excellent blog was written by the Tipping point collective (@TippingPC) - A collective of climate justice activists organising at a global level, one of whom is Young FoEE's very own Nathan Thanki (@n_thanki) from Northern Ireland. This blog was inspired by Eros Sana (@eros_sana) who recently gave an incredible workshop at the Young FoEE summer camp on climate change and migration.