Join the European Youth Climate Justice Convergence
Join us in Brussels this December, as hundreds of Youth from all across Europe
demand climate justice and real action from the UN Climate Talks in Cancún.
From 26th November to 12th December 2010, Young Friends of the Earth Europe are organising a two week convergence for young climate justice activists from all across Europe and Belgium, with a daily programme of activities and open spacefor you to participate in and learn about, follow and react on the issue of climate justice, in parallel with the negotiations in Cancún.
What will be happening?
Friday 26th – Monday 29th November: Join the European Climate Justice Assembly that kick’s off our two week convergence.
Monday 29th November – Sunday 12th December: A two weeks programme will include a mix of activities for: exchanging our knowledge, ideas and expertise through workshops & skill shares; the online following of negotiations & daily political briefings as events unfold in Cancún; demanding climate justice by creating actions and our own media relevant to the political climate in Brussels, Cancún and around the world.
These activities will take place at space in the city centre of Brussels, open to all who want to be a part in the above activities and use the space themselves to share, learn, plan and build further the movement for climate justice.
Our motivation for calling for this convergence
We’re calling out to all other networks, organisations and youth groups in Europe to be a part of this event. We hope it will be part of a longer process in which we build a movement that doesn’t only fight climate change, but that achieves climate justice.
Our call for climate justice goes far beyond the scope of the official UN summit! Independent of the results in Cancún could achieve, we believe it’s time to increase our own capacities and trust in our own strength to build a strong and diverse Climate Justice movement from the bottom up. Climate Justice is not just about tackling climate change. It is also about restoring the balance between the Global North, which should take up its historical responsibility for causing the problem of climate change, and the Global South, which is suffering without any doubt the hardest from the consequences of climate change. In this way, climate justice is where ecological and social justice meet.
We want to take out this message and stress the solidarity between those struggling for climate justice in the Global North and their counterparts in the Global South through devoting our program to a well balanced mix of activities. We will create a forum for actions, workshops, skill sharing space and speakers that deal with a broad range of issues. We will be occupied with: talking about climate change and its present and future consequences for people as well as planet in both north and south, movement building, opposing false solutions that rather shift the problem than solve it (such as nuclear energy, agrofuels, offsetting and many other examples of corporate green- and brainwash), making links between ecological crisis and social divide, etc… Next to that we want to encourage your input so there will be plenty of open space to organise your own activities.
How to get involved?
If you or other activists from your organisation are interested in joining us as individuals, please let us know by filling in the form here.
If you represent an organisation planning to bring a number of activists we ask you to help us by filling this form instead, and as soon as possible, so that we can help accommodate the numbers you intend to bring! You are still welcome to join if you don’t fill out this form, but it will help us organise logistics and contact you with updates.