Mining resistance - Action Camp in Finnish North Karelia
Resistance to the Nordic Mining Boom - Action Camp in Finnish North Karelia Starting 18 June 2013.
Talvivaaras' nickel-uranium mine has caused the most serious environmental damages in the finnish history in decades. The mine has been continuously polluting the amazing waterscapes of eastern Finland. More and more people and organizations are demanding closing of the mine and the locals can't use water from several lakes anymore, but it doesn't seem to have any impact in a country where the finance elite knows that the government is in their service.
The eco-disaster in the Talvivaara mine is not a rare exception: rather, it is business as usual wherever large mining corporations are operating. For the surrounding areas, polluted groundwater has been the price to pay for every single uranium mine in the world so far. Despite this, a number of projects for opening huge mines are underway in Finland and Sweden.
Disregarding the cost to the ecosystem or the opposition of locals, the international elite has decided to sacrifice the Nordic flora, fauna and waters to fuel the growth-compulsive economy.
Determined resistance is needed to keep the environment viable. Join us to share knowledge and skills, and to act!
Chernobyl anniversary march in Minsk, Belarus
Thuggish arrests of activists and journalists mar Chernobyl anniversary march in Minsk, Belarus MINSK Still bent on plowing ahead with the Belarusian Nuclear Power Plant, Minsk remains intolerant of any opposition to the project even on the day commemorating the Chernobyl disaster, when protesters taking part in a sanctioned rally against the construction ran into often violent scrapes with government security services and blockades and detentions of environmentalists and reporters.
The spate of detentions and reports of police brutality signaled another though unexpected ratcheting up of official repression after 2,000 people took to the streets in the Belarusian capital on the anniversary of the 1986 Chernobyl catastrophe on April 26 in a demonstration called Chernobyl March 2013.
See the full story and some pictures http://www.bellona.org/articles/articles_2013/belarus_npp_crackdown
Invitation for youth in your networks: European Youth Meeting in Warsaw
The European Youth Climate Movement was formed in 2009 and is a loose network of organisations and individuals who work both nationally and regionally to push europe towards stronger climate policy. Even if you have never heard of the EYCM if you are working towards the same goals then we consider you one of us and would love to connect with you.
As Europeans we know how important Poland have been in shaping our climate policy over the last few years and now in December they will be hosting the UN CLimate Talks. With this in mind GCCA, 350.org and Push Europe recently put our heads together and thought that the best way to kick start our EYCM plans around this would be to get as many people as possible in the same room to strategise and plan.
This meeting which will be held in conjunction with a CAPACITY BUILDING WORKSHOP FOR POLISH YOUNG PEOPLE, WHO JUST LAST WEEK OFFICIALLY FORMED THE POLISH YOUTH CLIMATE NETWORK. If you are interested in hearing more about the Polish side of things then do get in touch with
anna.collins (i) tcktcktck.org
Info Activism Camp: get your applications in!
Evidence is an activist's most powerful asset. Used well, it can transform even the most difficult advocacy effort into an initiative that influences perceptions and actions around an important issue.
Tactical Tech is organising the 2013 Info Activism Camp (camp2013.tacticaltech.org) to explore the ways in which digital
technologies, data and visuals can be used to artfully present evidence that influences debates, controversies and issues.
Applications are now open! We're seeking curious and creative individuals – working in advocacy, data, technology, design and
journalism – to join us for a week of discussion, debate and skill-share.
Grassroots Activist Youth Forum
The Grassroots Activist Youth Forum will take place in Kiev, Ukraine from the 25th of April to the 1st of May 2013.
The purpose of the event is to share the experience of creating and participating in working groups, projects and informational campaigns.
The forum will enable young people and groups to come together to discuss, present their ideas to each other and also have the time to work together for the duration in order to develop new ideas and specific projects. If you are interested in participating please email firstname.lastname@example.org
Fight Back for Housing in Europe! April 12-14 plus March info-tour
A lot of people have asked, where was 'occupy' in Poland? Well it
expressed itself through activists occupying not main squares, although
there was a short attempt at that, but homes marked for eviction,
occupying them in resistance to bailiffs and creating squatted social
centres of resistance.
One tenants rights activist Jola Brzeska was the last woman standing in
her building, holding out against greedy developers in central Warsaw.
Her burned dead body was found in woods outside the city 2 years ago.
She had been murdered. Noone has ever found her killer(s) but the
developers got the property they wanted finally, the last obstacle to
their capital out of the way.
Call for ideas. Biketour 2013
Put the fun between your legs cause here comes the biketour 2013. This is the call out for ideas from the Biketour 2013 collective.
We are writing from the Ecotopia Biketour, a group of activists, and social change advocates who cycle each year through Europe on on different theme, from food sovereignty to sustainable economics.
Last summer we cycled from Barcelona to Venice with the theme 'Towards Degrowth' visiting 43 projects, actions and communities finding alternatives to capitalism, debt and consumerism. We cycled with 110 people from all over Europe and beyond, doing add hock protests, helping communities and learning about different forms of governance, whilst operating non hierarchically by consensus and in solidarity as an intentional mobile sustainable community.
You can see our blog here:
Funded youth volunteer placement in Bosnia
Firefly is looking for a young (18-30) volunteer to go to from the UK to Bosnia to run creative workshops with Svitac for a year from April 2013 for a funded placement through the European Voluntary Service. We're especially interested in anyone with the skill and ambition to teach music (to absolute beginners.) They'll be joining Svitac's local staff and a number of international volunteers already in place.
The EVS placement funding includes travel to Bosnia, accommodation during the year, and a living allowance for food etc.
If you are interested email email@example.com
Find more information here:
Call for participants: Training course for young online activists
BE PART OF THE NO HATE SPEECH MOVEMENT! CALL FOR PARTICIPANTS FOR THE
TRAINING COURSE FOR YOUNG ONLINE ACTIVISTS
The Council of Europe Youth Department invites all young online
activists concerned by human rights violations, hate speech online,
discrimination and racism to apply for the training course taking place
between February 2013 and March 2014, comprising of a residential
seminar between 6-14 April 2013 in the European Youth Centre Budapest,
e-learning based training and initiatives to support the campaign
against hate speech online of the Youth Department of the Council of
Calais Migrant Solidarity: we're here to stay, and we need your help
This is an appeal for financial support for Calais Migrant Solidarity. Working in harsh conditions, we have achieved a lot in the last four years. The crisis in Calais is not going away, and neither are we. We are planning for the future, and setting up a permanent "Inter-Cultural Centre" to bring migrants and locals together and grow the resistance to repression and racism on the border. We need long term funding to make this happen. Please read on and get involved