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We are from "Freiwilliges Ökologisches Jahr (FÖJ)" in Germany, which means one voluntary gap year in an ecological way. Our association called "FÖJ-Aktiv e.V." is a member of YEE.  Me and my four colleagues represent all ecological volunteer possibilities in Germany and we also manage an online blog called foej.net. There you can see many different perspectives from young people who want to participate for better ecological circumstances in Germany. Furthermore, we want to explain our democratic proceedings to inspire other people for democratic participation especially when it comes to our environment.

In an effort to raise awareness among international students, refugee and asylum seekers residing in Helsinki in particular and Finland in general, about nature and environmental issues in the country and beyond, Luonto-Liitto (The Finnish Nature League) is forming an international youth group – Nature Lovers Group to engage in this challenging but very important task. This group is an open platform for anyone between the age of 15-29, young(ish) and young-minded who is interested and would like to get involved in discussions, actions, and interactions and perform various activities related to environmental protection and nature conservation on a personal level. Nature Lovers Group is a platform for exchanging ideas, gathering different opinions and skills and implementing for productive outcomes. We also intend to carry out various activities related to environmental protection in various sectors.

The Wolf Ambassadors of the Finnish Nature League won the Biodiversity Award 2015-2016 of the IUCN National Committee of Finland. The Wolf Ambassadors were awarded on 7 February 2017 in Helsinki.

"The Wolf Ambassador work of dispelling the fear of wolves is directed at children and youngsters. The ambassadors disseminate science-based information of wolves and other large carnivores: on the ecology of large carnivores and their behaviour as part of ecosystems and their relation to human being. When visiting schools in every part of Finland, the Wolf Ambassador have reached a large number of children and youngsters.

Georgia Youth Eco Movement - SAEM organised actions in the frame of the campaign on 27-28 February 2017 in Borjomi, Samtkhe - Javakheti Area, Georgia.

On March 14 "Active Young Citizen Initiative" NGO team got invited to Yerevan State University by the Student Council of the Geography and Geology faculty to lead a training about "Protection of  Water Resources" devoted to the International Day of Water resources.

Before touching upon the course, AYCI vice-president Marine Yeghoyan briefly introduced the NGO’s activities, in particular, projects and initiatives related to ecology and the way young people can take part in them.

Transfer of awareness on climate change issues: from a researcher to students and to students to other peer age!

Who organised the action
The action was realised by students and teacher from a Vocational Agricultural high school "Fobelli" in Crodo - Verbania, Italy. Promoters were six students coordinated by three teachers. The topic of climate change is strictly linked to the subjects of our school such as science, biology, chemistry. This is why teachers and students organised a seminar at school, by inviting the important researcher Diego Fontaneto, from the National Research Council of Verbania.

ECO-UNESCO Clubs Ireland will be welcoming young people from all across the world for a Flagship UNESCO International training to be held in Dublin, Ireland on 21st─22nd February.  This ‘Education for Sustainable Development’ Youth Leadership training provides a unique opportunity for 30 young people to learn the skills needed to lead the way in bringing about change to achieve a more sustainable world. This ground-breaking training is the only one of its kind being held in Europe which has attracted much international attention, with young people from the Ireland, UK, Europe and Central America travelling to Dublin to attend along with representatives from UNESCO Paris and other International observers.

On December 10th and 11th several ecoclubistas participated in a reforestation in the the reserve Faia Brava, organised by FAPAS. The reserve has about 850 hectares exclusively for nature conservation, with actions that focus on ecological restoration, through giving value to habitats, increasing food availability for the most endangered species and forest management.

One of the factors that influence climate change is deforestation. December is the time of cutting trees, since holiday season is coming and it's time for decorating Christmas trees. After they're used once they usually end up on a dump, and in rare cases they are planted in someone's garden.
Thus, in the spirit of Christmas and New Year's Eve, we decided to offer eco-friendly alternative: up-cycling Christmas trees and decorations.

Great news from the #GREYPRIDE campaign!

Luonto-Liitto (Finland) decided to organise an art auction fundraising event in benefit of the Finnish grey wolves instead of asking people to directly donate money to us.

We thought of the possibility of connecting the many artists who want to help the environment - but who don't have either the money or time to do it - and the art lovers that would not normally support nature conservation projects.

Biodiversity – which is the basis for all goods and services nature provides to our well being keeps being degraded and lost at an unprecedented rate. According to WWF Living Planet Report (2016) animal populations have declined 58% since 1970, apart from that, we have been witnessing several critical biodiversity loss events that can compromise the livelihoods of millions: the 2015-2016 global mass coral bleaching event – the third ever recorded – may be the longest and most intense in history, impacting reefs from Hawaii to the Great Barrier Reef, and those of South East Asia and Africa (NOAA, 2016).

In order to address this, policy-makers across the globe convened at the 13th Meeting of the Conference of the Parties (COP13) to the Convention of Biological Diversity (CBD). The CBD is the main international treaty for countries to agree on global commitments to conserve biodiversity, use it sustainably and promote the fair access to benefits coming from genetic resources.

On Thursday 17th of November 2016 the "Shadow Puppets" workshop was organised in the office of EDEN Center. This workshop was presented by Andrea Caspari, a puppeteer and co-founder of Firefly Shadow Theater, living in the United States.

We were very enthusiastic to collaborate with Andrea and organize this workshop. We believed that the artistic process from creating characters – puppets -  to the final act of playing the story, is an interesting and creative tool to be used in the programs of environmental education in our organisation.
Volunteers of EDEN were invited to participate in this workshop. During the workshop the volunteers learned a little about the history of shadow puppets, learned how easy it was to make them, made some puppets and had a chance to experiment with them and tell an environmental story.

 
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