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2nd Call for Applications: #EuropeShallHearYou at the German-Baltic Conference in Riga (27-30 October)

Do you think politicians should listen to what you as a young European have to say? Are you interested in meeting other like-minded peers that are passionate about a better representation of youth and their ideas? Are there creative new thoughts in your mind on how to make our society more sustainable and future-proof? Then apply now and join one of our four clusters to discuss these ideas as a Youth Ambassador at the German-Baltic Conference in Riga from 27th to 30th October. Europe shall hear you and that is why we are primarily interested in your ideas and your creativity! No prior knowledge needed!

This unique project aims to bring together about 40 young people from all over Europe and the Baltic states to discuss the crucial impact of sustainability for the future of the EU. The Youth Ambassadors have the chance to work together within four respective clusters:

Cluster A “Sustainability and Consumption”: Our daily consumption has considerable impact on our planet - from the food on our table to supply chains in the production. Therefore, this cluster wants to tackle the topics of sustainable consumption, food security and production to make each other conscious about a sustainable way of life.

Cluster B “Sustainability and Digital Systems”: IoT, Smart Cars, Optimization, and Digitalization are all innovations that we are now familiar with. However, this cluster seeks to understand the “paradox of innovation” and examines which digital solutions might be damaging and which are creative and sustainable.

Cluster C “Sustainability and Nature”: In order to master climate change as the central challenge of the 21st century, the transition to climate-friendly and renewable energy production is indispensable. This cluster would like to address the question of how to cope with the dilemma that the in principle infinite striving for growth of a profit-oriented economy is always confronted with finite resources.

Cluster D “Sustainability and Democracy”: During the past years, we could observe how essential the role of civil movements or NGOs in democracies is, in order to raise attention about climate-related problems and put pressure on politicians. This cluster therefore seeks to focus on how civil actors can participate in and impact politics.

As Youth Ambassador you have the great learning opportunity to participate in all four lectures and discussions rounds with experts from the different clusters. All our experts are connected to the Baltic States and will give you unique insights on a wide spectrum of topics related to Sustainability. Our online Summer School takes place on three consecutive Saturdays. On the 27th of August you will meet your fellow Youth Ambassadors and on the 3rd and 10th of August the online courses will take place. After the discussions, you will then have the opportunity to confirm your choice of cluster and start working on an official policy paper. These policy papers, with recommendations for our common future, will be the final result of the in-person conference in Riga. After which they will be shared with local, national, and EU politicians

International training for youth workers, activists, and educators on the topic of sustainable social and environmental change

Date: 26.09. – 02.10.2022

Venue: Seezeit-Resort am Werbellinsee, Joachimsthaler Str. 20, 16247 Joachimsthal (Germany)

In this training, you have an opportunity to:

  • reflect upon and deepen your understanding of the relationship between environmental, social and economic issues on the local and global levels,
  • reflect on how you are personally affected by and play a part in environmental and social injustice,
  • explore a model of sustainable social and environmental change and how to apply it in practice,
  • learn about and experience a good practice example of sustainable projects,
  • meet people from different backgrounds and learn from their experiences,
  • awaken and strengthen a changemaker within you.

To engage participants’ brains, hearts and bodies we will use a variety of methodological approaches such as theoretical inputs, discussions, reflections, nature connection, movement, excursion, games, open space, multimedia (e.g. films) and others.

The training language will be held in English.

Who can participate:

Youth workers, activists, educators, students, teachers, and other multipliers with residence in Armenia, Bulgaria, Germany, Moldova, Poland, and Ukraine (age 18+).

Costs:

The participation fee includes full-board accommodation, the programme and the excursion. It’s based on a sliding scale, i.e. participants pay according to their financial means. The proof is not required.

ARM: reduced fee 20 €, regular fee 30 €, solidary fee 40 €

GER: reduced fee 140 €, regular fee 150 €, solidary fee 160 €

POL: reduced fee 65 €, regular fee 75 €, solidary fee 85 €

BUL: reduced fee 40 €, regular fee 50 €, solidary fee 60 €

UKR: reduced fee 10 €, regular fee 20 €, solidary fee 30 €

MOL: reduced fee 10 €, regular fee 20 €, solidary fee 30 €

Participants receive a grant per person to cover their travel expenses:

ARM: 360 €

GER: 180 €

POL: 180 €

BUL: 275 €

UKR: 275 €

MOL: 275 €

Detailed information here

Application:

Please fill in the application form by 16th September 2022.

Contact information:

Johannes Huth huth@kreisau.de
+49 (0)30 53 89 31 63 63

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