Climate change is altering our lives, our cities, our prospects. Destroyed ecosystems are causing and affecting climate change, migration, and the disintegration of local communities. Recent floods in Central Europe and wood fires in the Mediterranean are some examples.

“Climate Change and Sustainable Development” is one of the priorities of the CSF Strategy 2020-2025, various projects and actions are implemented by the Secretariat, members, and numerous partner organisations in Europe.

Climate Task Force

The purpose of the Task Force is to mainstream and strengthen work related to the climate crisis in the Forum’s agenda and in the activities of its member organisations.

Climate Caravans

How can we as actors of civil society make climate actions approachable on a local level? How can local change set an example for global challenges? How can we empower the young generation in continuous engagement on the climate agenda?

“Climate Caravans” is a new programme lasting from January to October 2022 whose aim is to develop creative ways and tools for young people to reflect and act on transformations caused by climate change in their localities. It consists of site-specific camps for the local youth to engage for climate agenda and climate justice in their neighbourhood. During the camps, participants discuss and develop socially engaged artistic tools like performances, exhibitions, and interactions in the public.

The partners of the project are located in and work with different European regions: the educational NGO Lernlabor runs a series of artistic projects in Brandenburg, Germany, the Open Plan Foundation from Krakow works in Poland, QG Enviro from Lecce is involved in environmental projects in Southern Italy, CAAT from the Hague organizes educational and human rights projects in the Netherlands, and the Eco Visio from Riscova focuses on educational activities and promotes sustainable living in Moldova.

Climate Caravans is funded within the Culture of Solidarity Fund by the European Cultural Foundation and the Bundeszentrale für politische Bildung.

Climate as a matter of justice

Why should the climate crisis be understood and tackled in terms of justice? What are the connections between climate crisis, racism, colonialism and historic as well as contemporary violence? What kind of perspective is needed to approach climate crisis as a matter of justice and propose appropriate answers to it?

“Climate as a matter of justice” aims to face the climate crisis in its whole complexity, considering both ecological and social dimensions. To do so it is necessary to think about climate change not only in terms of future perspectives but acknowledging how it is interrelated with historical processes and power relations. In this context climate change should be seen as a result of centuries of colonialism, a system that was built on the exploitation of land and people, the extraction, oppression, and slavery by industrialized countries (the Global North) at the expense of poorer areas (the Global South).

You can learn more about climate justice HERE

Watch this interactive lecture “Gesturing Towards Decolonial Future” by Vanessa Andreotti, Canada Research Chair in Race, Inequalities and Global Change at UBC, to find inspiring insights on the way climate change, racism and colonialism intersects.

The project was initiated by Open Plan Foundation (Kraków, Poland) and supported by the Foundation for German-Polish Cooperation.

Youth Climate Camp in Kaliningrad region

In the framework of the Europe Lab programme, alumnae Vera Goshkoderya (Park Ring, Kaliningrad) and Olga Bazarova (Urban Planner, Saint Petersburg) planned and organised a 4-day summer camp on the topic of Climate Change in Tokarevka, Kaliningrad region, for participants from Russia.

The main idea was to educate, unite young people (from 18 to 35 years old) in the fight against the climate crisis, and involve them in active local actions to protect the climate. In the end, 21 participants from Russian regions travelled to Kaliningrad, aged between 18 and 40. Among them were university students who recently started their activism in the field of climate, but also researchers and scientists, journalists, bloggers, activists, and cultural practitioners.

Near the village of Tokarevka, they stayed in a camp, moved around with bicycles, the food was local and sustainably produced. Participants worked in teams and with experts on the topics of environmentally friendly agriculture and food production, media tools to address climate issues, local cases in Russian regions. They also visited local initiatives and communities.