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.
The fifth day at the summer camp was dedicated to many skill sharing sessions, discussions and creating concrete plans towards COP21 in December in Paris. Sadly,we also had to say goodbye to the first participants to leave, as our summer camp approaches its end. This time Jasmina from Macedonia and Carmen from Scotland share their insights from our final 'open space' sessions.
Carmen - Communicating for Change (and How to Do it Right)
Day four of summer camp 2015 saw all 100 of us head over to the nearby Ile de Sein to march in solidarity with islanders struggling to build community-run renewables on the island and become self-sufficient. After a very choppy boat ride there and back, Josef from the Czech Republic and Roxanne from the UK shared their experiences...
Thursday began with some challenging - but vital - discussions about the linkages between environmental and climate struggles, and those of race, class and gender - which Sydney from Ireland followed. After some time for reflection on what these truths mean for us and our movement, Kristina from the Czech Republic helped put together an amazing set of action materials for tomorrow's protest for community-run energy on a nearby island.
Sydney from Ireland - confronting privilige, connecting struggles
In the afternoon on day 2, we squeezed in a hike around a historic site of anti-nuclear activism on the coast, accompanied by the same activists who scuppered plans for a nuclear power plant in the 1970s.
It's the second day of the Young Friends of the Earth summer camp in (somewhat) sunny Brittany, and with our wonderful guest speakers from around the world, we've had workshops on plans for activism at this December's UN climate talks in Paris (COP21), the impacts of climate change on migration, and many more. Carmen from Scotland and Fatima from the Netherlands share their experiences from these sessions.
Fatima - Climate Change and Migration