Call for Prep Team: Eastern European Climate Summer Camp

Cooperation and Development Network (CDN) is announcing an open call for members of the preparatory team (prep-team) for the Eastern European Climate Summer Camp. The summer camp will take place from 5 Р11th of June 2023 in the Montenegro. More information on the project you can find here. 

With this activity we aim to equip 45 young Eastern Europeans with better understanding of climate crisis and skills for mobilising the youth around the issue, in order to empower them to bring systemic change in their local communities and regions.  

This will be done by meeting the following objectives:

  1. To equip the participants with the knowledge on climate crisis, its history and outcomes;
  2. To explore the causes and effects of the climate crisis on the Eastern European level;
  3. To empower the participants to fight for better climate, in order to sustain the society, culture and the world we live in;
  4. To equip the participants with skills and tools for mobilizing around climate crisis. 

 

If you are young person from Albania, Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus,  Bosnia and Herzegovina,  Bulgaria,  Croatia, Cyprus, Czech Republic,  Estonia, Georgia, Greece, Kosovo*, Latvia, Lithuania, Hungary, Moldova, Montenegro, North Macedonia, Poland, Romania, Russia, Slovenia, Slovakia, Serbia, Turkey or Ukraine and if you are interested in the topic of the event, you are more than welcome to apply to volunteer as a member of this preparatory team. 

Prep-team members should speak English, be available during the preparation period, be responsible about fulfilling their tasks, have good organisational skills, be good  team players, committed to the aims of the project and CDN’s values and be familiar with non-formal education methods. We encourage young people from disadvantaged backgrounds to apply for the Prep-team.

 

Main responsibilities of the prep-team:

  1. Active participation in the regular online meetings prior to the event (January-June / 2-3 h a week);
  2. Participation in two-day live prep team meeting on 18-19th of February (2 full working days), arrival day 17th, departure on 20th;
  3. Other meetings scheduled weekly or bi-weekly;
  4. Dissemination of the call and selection of participants, preparation of participants  for the event and providing them with all the necessary information  regarding the program;
  5. Preparation and facilitation of the  program of the event; designing and preparing sessions based on non-formal education methodology, invitation and communication with speakers, experts and partners in accordance with the project aims (4-6 h  a week);
  6. Helping with the promotion of the event and ensuring media visibility;
  7. Taking care of practicalities and of the general well-being of the participants;
  8. Full participation during the entire event and prep team meeting before and after: Arrival 2nd of June, departure 13th of June;
  9. Supporting the finalisation of the outputs;
  10. Helping with the reporting of the event.

 

Being a prep-team member at this event would offer you:

  1. Working in a lively international environment;
  2. Experience in managing youth projects ‚Äď preparation, implementation and reporting;
  3. Getting familiar with Green values and the work of CDN;
  4. Getting to know activists from different European contexts and their work;
  5. A possibility to develop your leadership and group work skills;
  6. A lot of work and a lot of fun!

Here you can find provisional agenda.
 

 

Practicalities: 

Accommodation, food, working space, travel and visa costs for the preparatory team will be fully covered. For selection of travel means the condition is to combine the most economic and environmentally friendly way (lowest price + travel time + CO2 emissions).

DEADLINE for submitting online applications is 15th of January, 23:59 CET. You will be informed by email approximately 2 weeks after the deadline. Please add project.coordinator@cdnee.org to your contacts, so that you do not receive our reply in the spam folder.

 

APPLY HERE

 

*All references to Kosovo, whether to the territory, institutions or population, in this text shall be understood in full compliance with the United Nations Security Council Resolutions 1244 and without prejudice to the status of Kosovo.

Work Plan ‚ÄúBring your tote-bag, but smash the system!‚ÄĚ


Project background

Tackling climate¬†crisis¬†comes as a priority for Eastern European¬†Green¬†youth,¬†as shown by the outputs of the Strategic Planning Meeting 2020 of CDN¬†and not without a cause.¬†Contrary to popular perception, Eastern Europe faces significant threats from climate change, with a number of the most serious risks already in evidence.¬†The climate is changing, and the Eastern European region is vulnerable to the consequences, as many other places on Earth. This issue is local and global at the same time. Many of the region’s countries are facing warmer temperatures,¬†a changing¬†humidity, and more¬†extreme weather conditions, droughts, floods, heat waves, wind storms, and forest fires. As it is the case worldwide, climate¬†crisis¬†is disproportionately affecting vulnerable groups, forcing them into climate migrations, deteriorating the work conditions¬†and constantly changing the job¬†and economic markets, creating a hostile environment for these groups.¬†Vulnerability over the next 10 to 20 years is likely to be dominated by these socio-economic factors and legacy issues. Nevertheless, even countries and sectors that stand to benefit from climate change are poorly positioned to do so, while the next decade offers a window of opportunity for these actors in EE countries to make their development more resilient to climate¬†change while reaping numerous co-benefits.¬†We have¬†seen efforts and changes being implemented in Eastern European countries – participations in the international climate movement Fridays for Future¬†and the rise of local climate activism. However,¬†the steps taken currently are not nearly enough for sustaining the life on this planet as we know it and¬†in order to lead a sustainable change, a push for systemic change and mobilisation of Eastern European¬†Climate Resistance movements is undeniably a regional priority.¬†Only by practicing¬†grassroot, youth, informed mobilisation on climate issues we will be able to build resilient,¬†just¬†and Green¬†Eastern Europe, where the human¬†rights and¬†the environment¬†are respected.¬†

To achieve this, our project aims to equip the young people from the Eastern Europe with better understanding of climate crisis and skills for mobilising the youth around the issue, in order to empower them to bring systemic change in their local communities and regions. 

This will be done by reaching the following objectives:

    1. Equip young people from the Eastern Europe with better understanding of climate crisis;
    2. Empower young people from the Eastern Europe to bring systemic change in their local communities and regions.

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Project summary:

The project will incorporate two phases: an Eastern European Climate Summer Camp which will be followed by Local, Regional and Cross-Country Actions across Eastern European countries. Both activities aim to bring a greater understanding and mobilisation on topics of climate rights and the climate crisis, as well as expand on the long term consequences of the climate crisis. These activities will help raise awareness among young people from the Eastern Europe on the importance of addressing the issues and actively campaigning for change.

 

1st¬†phase ‚Äst¬†Eastern European Climate Summer Camp

The first event of the Work plan is a nine days long Summer Camp with the aim to equip the young people from the Eastern Europe with better understanding of climate crisis and skills for mobilising the youth around the issue. This will be achieved by reaching the following objectives:

    1. Equip the participants with the knowledge on climate crisis, its history and outcomes;
    2. Explore the causes and effects of the climate crisis on the Eastern European level;
    3. Empower the participants to fight for better climate, in order to sustain the society, culture and the world we live in;
    4. Equipping the participants with skills and tools for mobilising around climate crisis.

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Date: 5-11 June 2023
Location: Montenegro

Call for Prep-team

Call for Participants (coming soon) 

Provisional agenda

 

2nd¬†phase¬†‚Äst¬†Eastern European Climate Campaigns

The second phase of the work plan is the direct outcome of the first phase¬†–¬†¬†participants will¬†apply in organising local, cross regional¬†or regional (maximum 4 countries)¬†activities in order to kickstart context-specific discussions and campaigns on climate activism. The aim of this activity will be¬†to¬†empower¬†young¬†people from the Eastern Europe to bring the systemic change in their local communities and regions.¬†This will be achieved by reaching the following objectives:

    1. To provide the participants with an opportunity to practically apply gained knowledge;
    2. To provide the participants with an opportunity to influence relevant stakeholders and climate crisis related processes across Eastern European countries;
    3. To showcase different practices of fighting for climate in countries of the Eastern Europe with different levels of shrinking space for the civil society.

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Funding will be provided for Climate Campaign related activities for participants from 10 countries throughout a 4 month period of preparation, implementation and reporting. In this period, campaign  organisers will create an activity which will contribute to project aims and build the capacity of organisations in implementing local and regional events.

Date: September-November 2023

Duration: Optional 

Location: Participating countries

Call for Climate Campaigns 

 

Methodology

The program of the International Activityies will be based on the principles of non-formal education and intercultural learning. We strive for active, inclusive and direct communication and transfer and sharing of knowledge. Sessions of the International Activityies will be balanced between theoretical inputs, training, workshops, discussions, reflection, planning, brainstorming and other interactive methods of learning.

 

 

 

*All references to Kosovo, whether to the territory, institutions or   population, in this text shall be understood in full compliance with   the United Nations Security Council Resolutions 1244 and without   prejudice to the status of Kosovo

Call for speakers ‚ÄúFuture of green peace and security‚Ä̬†

CDN is opening the call for speakers for the series of webinars.

Working time: Session length ‚Äď 1,5 hours; online work before the event (~2 hours).

Remuneration: EUR 70 per webinar.

We are looking for someone with the following profile: 

  • Excellent written and spoken English;
  • Efficient communication skills (in online settings);
  • Experience in activism is an asset;
  • Comprehensive understanding and respect for Green values

We are looking for trainers for the following webinars:

1. Youth mobilisation during the war: volunteering in the medical, informational and humanitarian sectors

Date: 20th of October 

(Closed webinar only for CDN MOs, POs, WGs and Hang arounds)

2. Achieving peace in Ukraine

What does peace mean for Ukraine? Is there peace in the territories occupied by Russia? Why does being pro-peace now mean supporting the Ukrainian army? Why is it necessary to provide Ukraine with weapons? And who does it, how and why? Can Ukraine use weapons only for self-defence and not for attack?

Date: 27th of October 

3. Military security in Eastern Europe

Eastern European view of NATO and alternatives to the Alliance (including potential ones). Consequences of the Russian-Ukrainian war for other Eastern Europe countries. Increasing militarisation in the world.

Date: 3rd of November

4. Role of sanctions on Russia 

A broad discussion on sanctions against aggressor states. Collective responsibility of citizens. What is the need for an embargo on Russian goods and cancellation of Russian products (both tangible and intangible) in a democratic world? What is the need to stop exporting to Russia?

Date: 17th of November

Deadline: 10th of November

5. Digital perspective of security: digital security, information warfare, cyber attacks on individuals, organisations and states supporting Ukraine, personal data security during wartime. 

Date: 1st of December

Deadline: 24th of November

6. City as a Battleground

How cities affect the course of military hostilities. Challenges and threats to cities during the war. The importance of grassroots initiatives and urban communications during war and occupation.

Date: 15th of December

Deadline: 8th of December

7. Gender perspective of war 

Gender perspective of war and peacebuilding. Women in war. Positions of different feminist movements on Russian-Ukrainian war and peacebuilding.

Date: 29th of December 

Deadline: 22nd of December

Practicalities: 

We encourage Eastern Europeans, Women, queer people and people from other marginalised groups to apply. Payment for the service will be done via bank transfer within 2 weeks after the event.

If you are interested, send your CV, and short (0,5-page) bio/presentation of your experience in the webinar topic to katya@cdnee.org by the 2nd of October at 23:59 CET. 

The selected candidates will be contacted within a week after the deadline and invited for a call with the members of the preparatory team of the activity to continue working on the webinar together. 

Please add katya@cdnee.org to your contacts, so that you do not receive our reply in the spam folder.

Call for designer ‚ÄúFuture of green peace and security‚ÄĚ

CDN is opening the call for the Visual Designer for project ‚ÄúFuture of green peace and security‚ÄĚ. 

This is a paid, remote position, starting from the mid October 2022. We are accepting applications by the 2nd of October 23:59 CET.

Remuneration: EUR 250 for visual design of the visuals for the social-media posts (outputs and slogans of 8 webinars).

We are looking for someone with the following profile: 

  • Good written and spoken English;
  • Experience with visual design of info-graphics and social-media posts;
  • Experience in activism is an asset;
  • Comprehensive understanding and respect of Green values;
  • Younger than 35 at the moment of applying.

Practicalities

We encourage Eastern Europeans, women, queer people and people from other marginalised groups to apply. Payment for the service will be done via bank transfer within 2 weeks’ time after the event.

The interested candidates are invited to send their CV and portfolio to yevheniia@cdnee.org by 2nd of October 23:59 CET

The selected candidates will be contacted within a week after the deadline and invited for a call with the members of the preparatory team of the activity to set the work-flow and discuss details. Please add yevheniia@cdnee.org to your contacts, so that you do not receive our reply in the spam folder.

Call for Executive Committee Member

Dear Young Greens from Eastern Europe,

Following the news that Paula ‚ÄúPablo‚ÄĚ Luńęze Pastore is joining Secretariat, we are happy to announce a call for a new Executive Committee Member that will fill in the vacant spot and work with the rest of the EC until the next General Assembly.

This is your chance to contribute to the growing Green movement in Eastern Europe.

The Executive Committee tasks:

  • Work on the implementation of CDN‚Äôs Activity Plan, approved by the General Assembly (including project writing, coordination, implementation and reporting);
  • The newly elected EC member will be responsible for the Study Session ‚ÄúGreen Cities for the Sustainable Planet‚ÄĚ; make sure to check out the responsibilities here;
  • Maintaining close and continuous communication with CDN Member and Partner
     Organisations and Network Partners;
  • Actively following and supporting the smooth work-flow of the Working Groups;
  • Representing and promoting CDN during its and partners‚Äô activities as well as in the digital
     space;
  • Answering challenges and making decisions throughout the year, between GAs, based on the CDN Strategy and CDN‚Äôs best interest;
  • Actively participating in the regular (biweekly) EC meetings (that usually last around 2h).
  • Keeping track of the well-being of CDN‚Äôs Office.

The candidate for the Executive Committee should:

  • Be motivated to advance the Green movement in the Eastern Europe;
  • Be dedicated to the goals of CDN, subscribe to its political platform and the Green Idea;
  • Be comfortable working in an international environment and have good communication and organisational skills;
  • Be willing and available for active online engagement throughout the mandate;
  • Be prepared for frequent traveling, participating in the live EC meetings, CDN activities and likely several other occasions;
  • Be regularly available on the e-mail for the ongoing discussions, work and decision making, together with regular online meetings;
  • Have a good command of English (written and spoken);
  • Have the interest to follow political developments in Eastern Europe and react to them with available tools such as producing statements, organising and supporting campaigns, assisting member and partner organisations, communicating with other Green stakeholders, etc.

More details about the responsibilities of CDN EC members and the election procedure can be found in the CDN Statutes and Internal Rules of Procedures

The candidate should submit:

  • Filled Application form;
  • Candidate‚Äôs CV;
  • Photo (Optional);
  • Introduction to your candidacy;
  • Official letter of support from a Candidate‚Äôs organisation or any CDN Member or Partner organisation*

*Only CDN Member and Partner organisations can nominate a candidate for the Executive Committee.

Applications should be submitted HERE.

All technical instructions are given on our GA website but you can also access them HERE.

DEADLINE for submitting candidacies is July 13, 23:59 CET. However, the earlier you apply the more chance delegates will have to see your candidacy on cdn.discuss.green.

In case of any questions do not hesitate to write to office@cdnee.org.

Meet the new CDN Project Assistant!

Paula “Pablo” Luize Pastore has always had a passion for progressive and green topics, but they joined the official movement in 2021.¬†
Now they are a board member of the Latvian youth organization “Protests”. Pablo has been active in CDN as an Executive Committee member from March 2022 till July 2022.

Pablo is interested in intersectional feminism, gender theory, workers’ rights, and anti-racism. In their free time, Pablo enjoys writing, making posters, reading feminist literature, watching old movies, going on long walks, and talking with friends. Within CDN’s gender working group, Pablo created a feminist reading club.¬†

Pablo is excited to be a part of the CDN office. 

Welcome to the team Pablo!
CDN Executive Committee and Secretariat

Skills for Massive Youth Activisation, We are the future, but we are here NOW

About the Event

Around 30 young people from Eastern Europe (Latvia, Poland, Balkans, South Caucasus, Ukraine and Belarus) will meet up to discuss the actions that can be taken in the ever-shrinking space for civil society in the Eastern part of our continent. We will look at the EU integration processes, the future of activism and politics and concentrate on 4 different skill-oriented tracks that are becoming more and more useful for the youth in Eastern Europe:

1. Creative Campaigning

2. Debates and public speaking

3. Movement organising

4. Non-Formal Education

The programme will be based on the principles of non-formal education and intercultural learning. We strive for an active and inclusive environment for direct communication and sharing of knowledge. The sessions will be balanced between theoretical inputs, work in small groups, workshops, discussions, training, and other interactive methods of non-formal learning.

 

Programme:

Arrival day

Day 1: Introductions, Team building, takaways from the 1st event, home evaluation groups

Day 2: Introductions to: Non formal education, creative campaigning, public speaking, non verbal communication, local actions planning, intercultural evening

Day 3: Introducions to: live and online events, urban performances, debates, non formal education methodologies, public speaking, free evening 

Day 4: Non formal education in local actions, working wiht trainers, public speaking, teambuilding, presentation, movie night

Day 5: Morning cicle, technicalities of reporting, local actions planning and presentations, evaluation, final party

Departure day

 

Speakers & trainers

  • Nika Tarasevich (she, Belarus/Georgia) teacher of art, expert on artivism and long time practitioner.
  • Luka Gudek (he, Croatia) CDN alumnus, master degree holder of Political science.
  • Hanna Filistovich (she, Belarus/Lithuania) seasoned activist and organiser, experienced with the movement organising in Belarus.
  • Maja Klimentic (she, Bosnia and Herzegovina/Czech Republic) CDN alumnus, she was a member of 10+ preparatory teams, Non-formal eduction expert and gender activist.

 

Practicalities

When: 8-12th May, 09:00-18:00 PM CEST

Time Zone: Eastern European Summer Time (EEST) / Coordinated Universal
Time (UTC) + 3

Language: The main language of this activity will be English. But not being comfortable with interacting in English should not prevent you from applying. GEF & CDN strives to create an inclusive atmosphere at the events, where participants are encouraged to express themselves and ask for clarifications or translations from peers that speak the same language.

 

Additional Reading

Bulgaria’s Greens: From Street Protests to Government

How Green Independents Broke Through in North Macedonia

Extraction and Energy Transition in Serbia

Can Protests Steer Serbia Back Towards Democracy?

The War in Ukraine is Part of the Soviet Empire’s Unravelling

The Unfinished Business of Building Bosnia-Herzegovina

The Romanian Protest Wave: A Path to a New Political Era?

Belarus’s Struggle for Democracy

This event is organised by the Green European Foundation with the support of CDNEE and with the financial support of the European Parliament to the Green European Foundation and supported by the European Youth Foundation of Council of Europe. The European Parliament is not responsible for the content of this event.

Call for Local Actions: Mobilising Youth for Participation

Cooperation and Development Network Eastern Europe is happy to announce the third step of the annual work plan ‚ÄúWe are the future, but we are here NOW!‚ÄĚ. The call for local actions is an opportunity for the youth organisations or a group of young people that participated in the previous stage of the project to submit the applications consisting of the Local Action Plans and Budget.

The 3rd part of the project, ‚ÄúMobilising Youth for Participation‚ÄĚ aims to give space to youth to reclaim fight for democracy by raising awareness about importance of civic education and youth participation. Local actions will contribute to the objectives of:

  • Engaging young people in shaping democratic decision making processes in their local communities with direct participation of youth in them and promotion of youth inclusion.
  • Creating a network of activists and organisations for future collaboration and transfer of knowledge.
  • Raising visibility of young people and mobilising them for a common cause of ensuring a better future for all youth by giving voice and agency to them.

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Call for Feminists in the Environmental Movement: Local Reporters

CDN is opening the call for the Local Reporters for one year long project ‚ÄúFeminists in the Environmental Movement‚ÄĚ. You can find more information about the project here.

This is a paid, part-time, home office based research position, starting from the late-mid February 2022. We are accepting applications by the 23rd of January 23:59 CET.

Working time: average of 2 hours/week, Spring-Summer 2022, flexible working hours (some activities might take place during weekends)
Remuneration and per diem: from EUR 350 to EUR 500, depending on the country the reporter lives in and does the interview in.

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Call for the Prep Team of the Work Plan ‚ÄúWe are the future, but we are here NOW!‚ÄĚ

Cooperation and Development Network (CDN) is announcing an open call for members of preparatory team (prep-team) for the two international activities of work plan ‚ÄúWe are the future, but we are here NOW!‚ÄĚ which will take place from 11-16th of April and 08-12th of June 2022. Locations of the events will be confirmed shortly. More information on the project you can find here. Please, read this information carefully before applying.

If you are young person from Albania, Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Bulgaria,  Croatia, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Estonia, Georgia, Greece, Kosovo*,  Latvia, Lithuania, Hungary, Moldova, Montenegro, North Macedonia, Poland, Romania, Russia, Slovenia, Slovakia, Serbia, Turkey or Ukraine and you are interested in the topic of the event, you are more than welcome to apply to volunteer as a member of these preparatory teams. Prep-team members should speak English, be available during the preparation periods, be responsible about fulfilling their tasks, have good organisational skills, be good team players and committed to the aims of the project and CDN‚Äôs values and be familiar with non-formal education methods. Preparatory team for the first event will continue working on the second event and will be joined by 2-3 other young people. See the preliminary agendas of events to get acquainted with the amount of sessions that will be developed for both activities.

Main responsibilities of the prep-team:

  • Active participation in the regular online meetings prior to the events (February-April and April-June / 2-3 h a week);
  • Participation in online getting to know each other before the live meeting;
  • Participation in two day live prepteam meetings on 5-6th of February (2 full working days), arrival day 4th, departure 7th; 19-20th of April (1 day after the first event‚Äôs evaluation) departure 21st;
  • Other meetings scheduled weekly or bi-weekly;
  • Dissemination of the call and selection of participants, preparation of participants for the event and providing them with all the necessary information regarding the program;
  • Preparation and facilitation of the program of the event, including one of the 4 parallel blocks for the 2nd activity; designing and preparing sessions based on non-formal education methodology, invitation and communication with speakers, experts and partners in accordance with the project aims (4-6 h a week);
  • Helping with the promotion of the event and ensuring media visibility;
  • Taking care of practicalities and of the general well-being of the participants;
  • Full participation during the entire event and prep team meeting before (2 days) and after (1 day): Arrival 8th of April, departure to the second PTM 18th of April; arrival 5th of June, departure 14th of June.
  • Working on the outputs of the Work Plan after each event as well as in the end of the year;
  • Working on the narrative reports of both events.

Being a prep-team member would offer you:

  • Working in a lively international environment;
  • Experience in managing youth projects ‚Äď preparation, implementation and reporting;
  • Getting familiar with Green values and the work of CDN;
  • Getting to know activists from different European contexts and their work;
  • A possibility to develop your leadership and group work skills;
  • A lot of work and a lot of fun!

Practicalities: 

Accommodation, food, working space, travel and visa costs for preparatory team will be fully covered. For selection of travel means the condition is to combine the most economic and environmentally friendly way (lowest price + travel time + CO2 emissions).

COVID-19:

We are closely following the development of the situation and we are envisioning the events to take place live. The safety measurements will be taken both at the Prepteam meetings and the live events.

DEADLINE for submitting online applications is 10th of January, 23:59 CET. You will be informed by e-mail approximately in 1 week after the deadline. Please add project.coordinator@cdnee.org to your contacts, so that you do not receive our reply in spam folder. In case of having any questions, do not hesitate to write us on project.coordinator@cdnee.org

APPLY HERE

Agenda of 1st International Activity

Agenda of 2nd International Activity

*All references to Kosovo, whether to the territory, institutions or population, in this text shall be understood in full compliance with the United Nations Security Council Resolutions 1244 and without prejudice to the status of Kosovo.