Throughout EYFA’s existence, the network has supported a wide variety of projects all across Europe. Out of these projects patterns have emerged that point to some of EYFA’s priorities. Developed by the network, office and board, and re-evaluated each year at network strategy meetings, these priorities provide focus for EYFA’s work. While we prioritise these two areas, we continue to offer support to groups whose work does not fall into these categories.
EYFA’s environmental justice perspective is based on the understanding that most environmental problems are also a question of social and economic injustice. Socially sustainable and just communities go hand-in-hand with environmentally sound ways of living. EYFA’s climate justice, energy and environmental projects aim at showing the links between economic growth-obsession, the exploitation and destruction of our natural and human environment, and the exclusion of many communities from access to resources.
Social, cultural, institutional and individual practices and beliefs privilege some human beings while excluding, subordinating and oppressing others. This exclusion is based on attributes of race, ethnicity, gender, sexuality, class and caste, among many other distinctions. EYFA believes that social and economic exclusion are directly linked to histories of patriarchy, colonialism and imperialism, as well as profit and power. If we are to create a world free from hierarchy, exploitation and oppression that instead respects the autonomy and dignity of all human beings, the way these forces interact must be recognised and addressed.