On 17th of November 2016 in cooperation with Tamjdem, YEE organised a volunteering day in the eco-center Toulcův dvůr (Prague). This event is already a tradition in YEE and this year it was organised in the frame of the campaign “Change Climate Change”.
Tamjdem is a non-profit NGO, which organises volunteer weekends, volunteer days as well as workcamps with different NGOs around the Czech Republic in order to promote volunteering and the values that go with it, help non-profit organisations and enable people, who are interested in volunteering, to meet each other. It is also possible to go abroad for workcamps with help of Tamjdem.
12 volunteers from different countries including the Czech Republic, Slovenia, Germany, Spain, Peru, Ukraine and Russia came to help in Toulcův dvůr this year. We played some ice-breaking games before the working day started and judging from the way we successfully sorted out with one really “tangled” game, our team was ready for any difficult task :)
Youth and Environment Europe would like to invite young people to join the study session "Exploring gender equality in environmental projects" co-organised with the Council of Europe’s Youth Department at the European Youth Centre Strasbourg.
How to apply:
Fill in the online application form until 19 December 2016.
Another successful meeting was organised within the project “Environmental challenge accepted”. The second project meeting took place on 4-6 November 2016 in Porto, Portugal and was hosted by OPE, one of the partner organisations of this project.
The project “Environmental challenge accepted” is coordinated by BALTA DABA (Latvia) and includes 5 partner organisations, including YEE. You can read more about this project here.
As in the meeting before (August 2016, Estonia) 2 representatives of each partner attended this event. A lot of useful work was done during these 3 days.
Like many years before, YEE again took part in the international World Water Monitoring Challenge. WWMC is an initiative which aims to raise awareness on water pollution issues and involve people in water resource protection. People are encouraged to carry out basic monitoring and thereby help to assess the state of water bodies worldwide.
On the 27th of October YEE team headed to Příbram, a picturesque town 60 kilometres south of Prague. Příbram spreads along the Litavka river and is surrounded by several smaller hills (the so called Brdy range). One of them, named Svatá Hora (Holy Mountain), has a baroque church and monastery on top and is a famous pilgrimage site. In addition, the town is known for its mining heritage.
World Vegetarian Day marked October and we devoted the whole month to raise vegetarian awareness. And today, on 1 November we can celebrate World Vegan Day! It was established in 1994 by Louise Wallis to commemorate 50th anniversary of term “vegan” and “veganism”.
Veganism is the practice, targeted on refraining from using animal products. This means avoiding not only meat but also eggs, dairy products and honey. Several types of veganism can be found: dietary veganism (as described above) and ethical veganism – people who follow it also extend the philosophy beyond diet into any other purpose (for example using leather, fur). Ethical aspect of the vegan philosophy can be found in the Vegan's Society definition of veganism - “Veganism represents a philosophy and way of living which seeks to exclude—as far as is possible and practicable—all forms of exploitation of, and cruelty to, other animals for food, clothing or any other purpose; and promotes the development and use of animal-free alternatives for the benefit of humans, other animals and the environment”.