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This is the story of an inspiring journey that took place last May in Valeri, a tiny rural village located in Asturias in the north of Spain. Biodiversa, a non-profit grassroots environmental NGO based in Spain, organised a week-long training course whose aim was to bring together youngsters who are currently living in a rural area with those who are willing to move to the countryside but are lacking the knowledge, information, motivation or drive.
From April 27 to May 4 the international youth program "Open your eyes" was held and was attended by 28 young people aged between 16 and 30, from Armenia, Latvia, Georgia, Poland, Ukraine, Moldova, Romania and Germany. The project has been implemented by the youth ecological NGO Yeghvard in cooperation with the NGO Federation of Youth Clubs of Armenia (FYCA) and the public environmental information Yeghvard Aarhus center. The activity was included in the framework of the Youth in Action programme of the European Union.
May has been a rather busy month for association BALTA DABA! We've started two amazing projects with co-financing from our Latvian Environmental Protection Fund and we've also coordinated our work with local university and local governments. The two projects that have started in May are "Green Valmiera" (Our "base" town) and "Gauja's room" (the river we're most concerned for).
On March 25, in a warm atmosphere, Young Biologists Association and Armenia's National Scout Movement ANSM signed a memorandum of cooperation to establish Youth Environmental Club among Scouts' young people. Within the memorandum the members of Young Biologists Association will organise seminars, practical classes, individual works and field activities in order to familiarise Scout youth and pupils with Armenia's biodiversity, teach them to take care of nature and acquaint them with the Red Book of Armenia, as well as with the threatened species. The youth and schoolchildren will recognise their surrounding nature and will share their knowledge with their peers by conducting seminars in various schools.
Armenia is recognized as one of the important biodiversity "hotspot" in the world. Towards 2014 International Day for Biodiversity, "Uniting Youth for Biodiversity" 8 days long youth exchange will be organized and hosted by Young Biologists Association NGO (Armenia) in cooperation with partners from Spain, Italy, Poland, Croatia, Georgia, Turkey and Ukraine.
Young People aged between 16 and 26, coming from Czech Republic (Hnuti Brontosaurus), Slovakia (UV o.z.) and Austria (Au atmen), share experiences and ideas on environmental topics and create more of them just in this process. How do we call it? River Jump! is the answer. The young platform brings both ideas and action – three Clean Ups in April 2014. There are more voluntary and educative events coming.
After finishing my degree in Social Anthropology in the UK, I went to Georgia for one year. I went there as an EVS (European Volunteer Service) volunteer to work with a regional environmental organisation called CENN, the Caucasus Environmental NGO Network. I still remember arriving in Tbilisi, the capital, for the first time. It was 2 in the morning and my colleague-to-be was very nicely waiting for me, with the driver, Zaza. I remember thinking, "Zaza? What a funny name!" and asking my colleague how to say 'thank you' in Georgian. "Madloba". It took me about a week to be able to remember and pronounce that word.
Let's focus on the main message while enjoying the Christmas tree song "O Tannenbaum" ("O Christmas Tree") which is a German song. Based on a traditional folk song, it became associated with the Christmas tree by the early 20th century and sung as a Christmas carol. A Tannenbaum is a fir tree and the lyrics do not actually refer to Christmas, or describe a decorated Christmas tree. Instead, they refer to the fir's evergreen qualities as a symbol of constancy and faithfulness. It is not an environmental message but it is the message of a long life living planet.
If you came by chance to the office of AYA Volunteer centre on 7 December, you would be amazed by the amount of friendly and smiley people there. The reason they came there is to celebrate together with AYA team the International Volunteer Day and the end of the voluntary season 2013.
The 23rd of November was the Portuguese national day of Autoctone Forest. While some ecoclubes and other organizations planted autoctones trees that day, OPE (Organisation of Promotion for Ecoclubs) organized in the city center of Porto what is called in French "Porteur de parole"
Uznova is located near to the Battery Plant which operated for many years without or little control on their emissions. The thought today is that this factory is not functional. Many people, especially from the Roma community, make a living by selling the lead laid near to the factory and in the same time risk their health.
The "Through the Eyes of the Youth" program was implemented at Aarhus Center in Yeghvard, which aims to promote raising the awareness of youth on the natural monuments, places of interest and to supplement the list of natural monuments of Kotayk region. The program "Wonders of Armenia in the eyes of youth" is implemented by "Yeghvard" Youth Environmental NGO jointly with Yeghvard Aarhus Environmental Public Information Centre funded by the Ministry of Sport and Youth Affairs of the RA and in partnership with the Federation of Youth Clubs of Armenia.