20 May 2018
young people between the ages of 16 and 35 years old, residing in one of the Council of Europe member states
, Belarus or Kosovo
22 – 30 July 2018 in Selce, Croatia
With great pleasure and excitement the Federation of Young European Greens is announcing an open call for participants of the international Summer Camp Fighting for Our Common Planet that will take place from 22 – 30.07.2018 in Selce, Croatia, in cooperation with Zeleni Prozor.
Commons refer to shared resources and social practices that are maintained by communities in a sustainable manner. Commons offer a clear ethical perspective and helps us understand what happens when people collectively manage and take stewardship over resources. Good management of commons offers a sustainable and accessible alternative to the current centralized and dominant role of the state and market.
The Summer Camp will be focused on environmental commons. Water, Land, Climate, Forests, Seeds or Oceans should be managed in a sustainable, inclusive and participatory way. Mismanagement of commons have very concrete consequences on the lives of young people. It is crucial that young people are involved in designing the ways our natural commons are managed. Sustainable commons are a prerequisite for participation overall and the ways they are managed can serve as examples for many different types of participatory processes.
In order to increase capacities of young people to advocate for commons, we will:
- Learn what commons are, and in particular what environmental commons are;
- Reflect on the conclusions and results of the ,,Social Commons: Back to the Future!’’ seminar;
- Understand the relation between environmental commons and youth participation by learning from concrete examples of young people’s struggles to influence decision making related to natural goods and land use, as well as young people organising to protect everyone’s access to drinking water;
- Learn about climate change, climate as a commons and how (mis)management of our climate can correlate with peace;
- Develop our advocacy skills to organise and advocate for natural commons through practical exercises.
The program will be based on the principles of non-formal education and intercultural learning. We strive for an active, inclusive and direct communication and sharing of knowledge. The sessions will be balanced between theoretical inputs, workshops, discussions, training and other interactive methods of non-formal learning.
The main language of this activity will be English. But not being comfortable in interacting in English should not prevent anyone from applying. Please let us know in your application if you don’t feel comfortable enough with using English and which language(s) you speak. At this point, we cannot guarantee any interpretation during the event but the preparation team will search for solutions if there is a need.
We are looking for 50 young people between 16-35, residing in one of the Council of Europe member states
, Belarus or Kosovo*, who are interested in developing an in-depth understanding of environmental commons and of how they correlate with young people’s access to rights.
The full cost of working materials, visa and lodging (accommodation in multi-bed rooms, vegetarian food, and refreshments) during the Summercamp will be covered by the organisers. In exchange, we ask for a participation fee of 40 EUR for participants coming from non-EU countries and 60 EUR for participants coming from EU countries, Norway, Switzerland, and Iceland.
Applicants for whom paying this fee is an obstacle for participation, should still apply and mention this in their application. FYEG will try to find a solution together with the applicant after the selection is finalised.
FYEG will reimburse 80% of travel cost within reasonable limits and within Europe, with the condition to combine the most economic and environmentally friendly way (lowest price + travel time + CO2 emissions).
DEADLINE for submitting online applications: 20 May 2018 at Midnight CET
You will be informed about the results of the selection at the beginning of June.
OPTIONAL – For applicants coming from FYEG Member Organisations only:
Member Organisations’ support letters expressing endorsement of participation for their members can be can be sent to : firstname.lastname@example.org with the ,,NAME SURNAME SC support letter” in the subject. Upon taking into consideration general selection criteria, when examining individual applications, preparatory teams will give a priority to the applicant with the support letter attached over other applicants coming from the same organisation, unless there are well-founded reasons not to.