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”.

On the 24th of October 2016 Office cuisine's Autumn Recipe Competition was successfully completed. We received very interesting recipes, and we are ready to share them with you.

This time we have two wonderful recipes. Ketevan Pasikashvili from Georgia made her favourite vegetarian recipe – Mchadi, Eggplant with garlic, Ajica, Pickled cucumbers and peppers. Each item of the recipe can be also prepared separately and mixed with your favourite side dishes! The recipe is just in time for the rainy and flu season and going to make you warm and comfortable (especially Ajica:)) Christiane Klemm from Germany prepared a delicious Spelt-Pumpkin-Risotto. Take a look at this recipe as Halloween is coming!

The office of Youth and Environment Europe is happy to open the call for new EVS volunteers.

We are searching for 2 people for the EVS project which will start on 1 September 2017 and last 12 months (until 31 August 2018). It will take place in Prague, Czech Republic.

Before applying, please, read the whole description of the EVS project here.

You can check impressions of the current and previous volunteers from their project in YEE and visit EVS blog to check what volunteers in YEE do.

Check how to apply below.

We dedicate this newsletter to YEE 2016 Annual Meeting, which took place in the Czech Republic at the end of August. Check out our article and picture gallery for highlights. In this issue you can read more about our new Executive Board and member organisations. Have a peek at documents which will enable YEE to keep up the good work in the future. Furthermore, we offer you a glimpse at other happenings from the YEE office and network. We hope you’ll enjoy reading about our productive last two months, as much as we did doing all these activities and writing about them!

You can find the new issue here.

Let’s start this article with a well-known song from Michael Jackson “Man In The Mirror”. It doesn’t matter in which country, region or city you live, as we are all affected by one of the most recently discussed topics related with the environment that we live in, our health, economy... Climate Change is part of our daily life and we are part of it.

In 2015 YEE started the Climate Campaign. In 2016, in cooperation with EDEN Center, YEE has brought the campaign back. Under the new motto “Change Climate Change”, the campaign aims to encourage youth NGOs, local groups and individuals to bring up their contribution to the global social movement for stronger action in response to climate change.