Fingers, Fins and Forests: Climate Change and Yout..
Fingers, Fins and Forests: Climate Change and Youth Initiatives - Young Europeans become aware and share how to care
Start date: May 1, 2015,
End date: Jan 31, 2016
This European Youth Exchange will take place in Buxton in the Peak district and in the Iconic city of Liverpool in the North West of UK and bring together 60 young people from 7 countries of Europe: Slovakia, Spain, Portugal, Italy, Slovenia, Germany and hosted in the UK . They come together under the theme: “Fingers, Fins and Forests: Climate Change and Youth initiatives - Young Europeans become aware and share how to care“. They will discuss and share their insights and experiences how Global Warming has affected their lives, their community, their country and what we can do. Each participating group will prepare a workshop on the theme. An agreed statement will contribute to the EU year of development and to the UN meeting on Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) in September and also be sent to the UN Paris meeting on Climate Change in November this Year.
The background to this theme is “Climate change is happening now”: temperatures are rising, rainfall patterns are shifting, glaciers and snow are melting, and the global mean sea level is rising. It is expected that these changes will continue, and that extreme weather events resulting in hazards, such as floods and droughts will become more frequent and intense. It means impacts and vulnerabilities for humans, nature, the economy and our health across regions, territories and economic sectors, all over the world, especially in the "developing countries" and also in Europe. Climate change increases social injustice and as wars are waged for access to water and other natural resources, more people will have to leave their homes as refugees, seeking safe places to live. During the two weeks of this exchange we will learn from each other, become aware, and share how we can care ...
Besides raising awareness for Environment and Climate change, this Youth Exchange creates access for disadvantaged young people, facilitates equity and "inclusion", strengthens the motivation to achieve new skills and supports a dialogue about European values.
Our young people come from communities with fewer opportunities: Los Asperones – a Roma Community (comunidad gitana) in Málaga, Câmara de Lobos in Madeira, Chelas in Lisbon, Tavola Tonda in Palermo in Sicily, Kopcany in Bratislava, Maribor in Slovenia, St. Pauli in Hamburg, hosted by young people from Page Moss, Walton and Speke, joint by a group of young refugees in Liverpool. These young people are facing enormous political, economic and social challenges, but above all they have an amazing potential for their empowerment, undiscovered creativity, social awareness and a willingness to cooperate and to be Up4Change!
Programme and methodology will be focused around the participants, who will represent their cities/projects and during the two weeks present, each a self-designed and organized workshop on the theme Climate Change and Youth initiatives.
These workshops will be at the creativity of each group and presented in varied ways resulting in a collection of experiences, examples, ideas and tools, that can be multiplied, used and shared within their youth groups and communities, when they return home and the basis for the agreed statement to the UN Meetings.
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