LGBT+ issues in South Caucasus / Caucasus Regional Meeting

After the fall of the Soviet Union, not being heterosexual was decriminalized in the South Caucasus and the movement started to take shape. Thus, LGBT+ movements in the South Caucasus region does not have a long history. When the movement started to get organised, the abbreviation was often used – awareness of the existence of LGBT+ people was higher, but the attitude towards them was mostly negative. The community is becoming more visible once again, but unfortunately it also results in the increase of violence towards LGBT+ people. At the moment the number of NGOs working with the community is very low and are not strong enough to speak on the whole community’s behalf. Continue reading

Climate Change and the South Caucasus /Caucasus Regional Meeting

The greenhouse effect is a phenomenon in which the atmosphere of a planet traps radiation emitted by its sun. It is caused by gases such as carbon dioxide, water vapor, and methane that allow incoming sunlight to pass through but retain heat radiated back from the planet’s surface. Given normal circumstances these gases provide the Earth its average temperature of 15 °C, making life possible. However, extensive industrial activity and the burning of oil, coal and natural gases have extensively increased the amount of greenhouse gasses in the atmosphere causing global warming – the increase in Earth’s near-surface air and ocean temperatures. Continue reading

Young Greens of Turkey & Georgian Young Greens against destruction of Cerattepe

19th February 2016

For the last twenty five years people of Artvin, a border town between Georgia and Turkey, have been resisting against gold and copper mines. During these twenty five years, the resistance of Artvin has defeated two Canadian mine companies and sent them back home. Unfortunately, this legendary resistance is now under attack by not just mine companies, but government forces.

Earlier this week, people of Artvin have been attacked by police and gendarmerie, who are apparently following oartvin2rders from a mine company: Cengiz Holding. This pro-government Cengiz Holding is a conglomerate that owns several construction, energy and mine projects that destroys the environment not just in Turkey but also in Bulgaria, Azerbaijan and Armenia. Now, they have their hands on Cerattepe, Artvin. Continue reading

Georgian Young Greens: South Caucasus regional meeting

Georgian Young Greens held the annual regional meeting with participants from the Southern-Caucasus region. The meeting aimed to strengthen the cooperation in the region ageygnd to support each other in their political struggle.

The main theme was regional activism and how political participation works in the different countries in the region. The group consisted of activists from Azerbaijan and Armenia where activists face suppression from the government as well as activists from Georgia where democracy has made it easier to get your voice heard, but where it is still hard for green voices be heard in the mainstream public space.

More about the activities read at Green Voice Blog.

6th November 2015