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Youth contribution to environmental development – MMEDF, Sri Lanka

Location: Colombo, Sri Lanka


Date: Nov 19, Dec 18, 2022


Local Action Discerption:


The one-day workshop was organized to develop camaraderie among each other and work as a team. The workshop was organized in order to get rid of the framed life and see the world in a different way and understand the problems. The participants enthusiastically participated in the activities organized for that purpose and they understood the value of working as a team with fun and happiness. 18 people participated in this workshop per day. Two workshops were held for the 36 people. At the end of the 2 workshops, 4 groups were formed and they identified 4 project proposals to be implemented in the future. A WhatsApp group with a leader is created for each group and they are constantly communicating through it. They are engaged in the development work and certain activities of the project using Zoom technology


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Workshops – PVN, Albania

Location: Berat, Shkoder and Lezha, Albania


Date: Oct 10 – Dec 1, 2022


Local Action Discerption:


3 workshops took place in the predefined cities Berat, Shkoder and Lezha, each workshop convened at least 10 participant up to 25 of age 16 to 27 years old. Each workshop lasted about 3 hours and was composed of ice breakers, small presentation on climate change through quiz and working groups. Apart from that participants fulfilled  few individual tasks given by us. 


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Workcamp – Concordia Midi-Pyrenees, France

Location: Pyrenees, France


Date: Jul 25 – Aug 10, 2022


Local Action Discerption:

Feed Your Land is a traveling workcamp, where a group of 15 international volunteers lived in different public places, all living according to environmental standards, some were in eco-villages created by environmental activists in rural and urban areas. The project was created by a group of volunteers, for volunteers. The group were living and working together to discover and learn from the people who have managed to create living utopias. Their communities were examples of social ecology and group action to change our world. Topics such as self-sufficiency, extractivism, activism, stakeholder democracy, and citizen science were discussed.


The extinction of Chinese Sturgeon by Daisy Chiu

The Chinese paddlefish is one of the world’s largest freshwater fish species with a length of up to 7 meters. It is endemic to China and is flagship species of the Yangtze River. It was listed as a first-class state protected animal in China in 1989 and was first declared “critically endangered” by the IUCN in 1996. IUCN experts have said there is no image evidence of the species since 2009. It was last seen alive in 2003. On July 21, IUCN announced the extinction of the Chinese paddlefish and the wild Yangtze sturgeon on Thursday in its updated Red List of threatened species.

The reassessment has also confirmed the extinction of the Chinese paddlefish (Psephurus gladius) and that the Yangtze Sturgeon (Acipenser dabryanus) has moved, from critically endangered, to extinct in the wild. Additionally, 17 species are now critically endangered, three are endangered and five are vulnerable on the IUCN Red List. Wild populations of the Siberian sturgeon, the third species in Asia mentioned in the assessment and widely used in aquaculture, were also moved to the highest threat category of critically endangered.



Overfishing: In the past, the Yangtze River has been “closed net” due to overfishing, causing ecological damage and threatening the survival of many fish species, which gradually hurt the white sturgeon, Yangtze sturgeon and other rare species of food chain integrity.

Trades: Sturgeons have been overfished for their meat and caviar for centuries, globally.

Dams: Dams affect all sturgeon species migrating to their breeding grounds. Although they are large, they are also more dependent on the Yangtze River and have no other alternative habitat. External sand mining, hydropower stations, dams and other obstacles to swimming, migration, but also hinder species reproduction and communication.

Climate Change : Rivers warming due to climate change further disrupts sturgeon reproduction.

Use of chemicals in agriculture activities by Cephas Amoaior


It is usually a normal human tendency to solve problems  with little or no stress. To satisfy this humanity’s desire, science and technology have been very helpful in proffering such solutions. 

More often than not, we humans are carried away by their immediate benefits (scientific solutions,) and ignore the many potential threats  those discoveries pose on us and the planet. 

In Nigeria, especially in States like Benue, Taraba, Ondo etc where the major occupation of the people is farming, lack of soil education has caused many farmers ( at least 90%) to commit various “soil crimes” out of ignorance.

These group of farmers are mostly peasant farmers who cultivate ostensibly for survival. In order to cultivate a large area of land for bountiful harvest, they use a lot of chemicals on the farm thereby causing harm to the soil;  from spraying herbicides on the green grass, to burning the dead grass before cultivating. 

This crude and dangerous method has threatened the health of the soil in so many ways:

Destruction of some plant species

  • Destruction of microorganisms 
  • Destruction of soil organisms 
  • Destruction of soil nutrients
  • Exposing the soil to natural disasters like erosion and wind etc. 

My family was a good example, we committed these crimes but I want to join in ending it or at least reducing it to the barest minimum. With my present knowledge and passion for climate change


I think it is imperative for earth advocates from this clime to launch a campaign to educate the farmers on the right approach to interact with the soil. 

A Vibrant tribute to the indigenous “Pygmy” woman by Vanessa Mavila

Pygmy women hold an important role in almost all areas of Pygmy society and culture and they are holders of ancestral knowledge in terms of environmental protection. We talk about them very little but they are courageous and hardened, they give life in the very heart of the forest, far from the medical staff, at the foot of a tree, screaming, biting their lips, and struggling without real assistance. She travels long distances alone to collect her baby’s birth certificate from urban centres. Strong Woman, they provide essential knowledge on the choice of ponds to preserve and the species of fish to reintroduce.

They also play a role of guardians and denounce the illegal cutting of trees, or discourage practices harmful to the environment. At the family level, they are responsible for gathering and fishing to provide daily food, especially during the dry season. The indigenous Pygmy woman is the pillar of her family. She plays a key role since it is often the new husband who moves to live in the camp where the wife is from.

Moreover, since the introduction of money in the life of the Pygmies, it is still she who takes the responsibility of managing the savings of the household, she therefore makes all the decisions of the family. She takes care of the education of the children, the cooking and the care to be given, just as she is responsible for the construction of the huts for the household each time the family changes camp. At the level of the camp, women also have a predominant place. Indeed, unlike men, they spend most of their time in the villages where they take care of agricultural and domestic tasks, so they are easier to reach. This is why they really have a say in Pygmy society, both at home and in community gatherings.

The Aboriginal woman carries a fundamental voice. They are generally counted on to transmit messages, report problems or communicate on prevention, in the context of HIV or hygiene for example, because they are generally more inclined to integrate important aspects for development: they are better students, they learn to cultivate the land, to save, they make plans for the future for themselves and for their children… In traditional Pygmy society, women are synonymous with bringing good luck, especially for hunting. It is therefore important to be at peace with his wife before going hunting. “Women are at the center of society and their influence is great” The Pygmy woman therefore plays a crucial role in the life of the group, and this, at all levels, even if the Pygmy society has the general habit of valuing the individual as an individual in his own right and not according to his sex. Stop discriminating against these people. Let us accompany them in the transmission of their knowledge.

Macro-farming in Spain by Gerrit Joel Grossjohann

Macro-farms are the ultimate exponent of industrial livestock farming. They are highly mechanised facilities with a large production capacity in a small space for the number of animals they house. It is  landless livestock farming, highly dependent on external inputs (water and feed) and generates a lot of emissions and waste. In these industrial facilities, the animals do not go out into the fields, and spend their lives cooped up and overcrowded. They are factories of meat, milk and eggs, but also of climate change, pollution and suffering. The aim of the macro-farms is clear: to obtain the highest production of meat, milk and eggs at the lowest possible cost and in the shortest possible time. To achieve this, they cram a huge number of animals into a small space, feed them largely on products from abroad – in many cases associated with deforestation and GMOs – and use all kinds of questionable techniques to maximise profits.

The main problems:

Water pollution by nitrates. 22% of our surface water and 23% of our groundwater are polluted by nitrates, mainly from industrial agriculture and livestock farming. By generating a huge amount of excrement, large-scale farms turn the agricultural fields in their vicinity into dumps for this waste. Animal excrement can be an excellent fertiliser for crops, but in large quantities with potential antibiotic and medicinal residues it becomes a dangerous poison.

Climate change.

 The agricultural sector was the only sector that increased its greenhouse gas emissions in 2020 .This was largely due to emissions from livestock, with methane emissions – the second most emitted greenhouse gas in Spain – being a clear demonstration of the contribution of livestock to the climate crisis: the agricultural sector is responsible for 63% of total methane emissions and livestock for 98% of these. Air pollution. Industrial livestock is responsible for 94% of reported ammonia emissions in 2020, 69% for pigs and 25% for poultry. Curiously and inexplicably, cattle are exempt from reporting their emissions.

Animal suffering. 

Animals on large-scale farms are confined and permanently fed indoors under strictly human-controlled conditions in order to fatten them as quickly as possible or, for example, in the case of some farms, although they can go outside, they do not have access to pasture or sufficient space to express species-specific behaviours. 

Effects on human health.

In addition to the negative consequences of overeating meat, macro-farms pose other dangers to our health due to the practices employed. The abusive use of antibiotics in animals contributes significantly to the development of resistance to these drugs in humans, and Spain is the country in Europe that uses the most antibiotics in livestock farming. The high ammonia emissions from these facilities (in addition to the nitrates in the water) also pose a serious danger to the population.

Loss of biodiversity. 

80% of the world’s agricultural land is already used to produce food for animals and not for people (in Spain the figure is 66%). The production of animal feed for industrial livestock requires large expanses of land, and the agricultural demand for animal feed production fields is causing deforesting of  the most precious forests on the planet, such as the Amazon. In addition, the water pollution resulting from this model is destroying unique ecosystems, an issue for which Spain has been sanctioned by the European Commission on several occasions.


Voice of Nature Artivist : Tony Patrick GOUPIL

  • Your name

Tony Patrick GOUPIL


  • Tell us a little bit about your background…

I studied modern literature and I work now for a French Youth organization.


  • Please share one thing you love about the world today …

Take a black coffee and read the newspaper in a nice coffee place on a Sunday morning. 


  • Please share one of the things that concern you about the world today…

 Cats and dogs still abandoned on the street.


  • How would you describe your art? What is the message you would like people to receive when seeing/hearing/ experiencing your artwork?
Close to naive art.

  • What motivates you to use your art on behalf of nature?

I am more confident doing art that going in the street.


  • Is there any other area of your life where you are taking action on behalf of our living Earth?

Trying to do my best at least at home and at my job! 


  • What brings you joy?

Sometimes video games that lead me in a fantasy world!

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Workshop on E- waste management for the young environmentalists – CLAP and Mihithala Mithuro, Sri Lanka

Local Action Type: Workshop on E- waste management for the young environmentalists

Date: Dec 12, 2022

Local Action Discerption:

Electronic waste management is highly important for the health of soil and the importance of proper discarding of e-waste seems not perceived well within the local community due to either lack of knowledge or ignorance. We identified the difficulties in access to standard recycling centers as one of the discouraging factors to establish the good practices of e-waste management in grassroot level. As the year 2023 was approaching ‘Mihithala Mithuro’ were planning to organise a meeting with young environmentalists to discuss an action plan. As per suggestions from ‘CLAP’ who took part in CCIVS earth Advocacy mentorship program, action for soil conservation was included. Therefore, the silent threat of e-waste was chosen as the theme for the local action on World Soil Day. The online workshop series for each age group of young participants was planned with introduction to e-waste and common mispractices in e- waste management. The schoolers were encouraged to initiate the practice to collect e-waste in schools/ home and the information of recycling centers in Sri Lanka were disseminated during the webinar.

However, with the school time tables and the powercuts it was difficult to schedule the meetings in the month of December, thus we planned to continue the rest of the webinars during school vacation in first term of 2023. The students were engaging well with the Q&A and their feedback was really encouraging for the organisers. We expect to bring awareness on the mportance of 3R concept and inspire young generation to initiate the practice of proper waste management, especially electronic waste.




Climate Change messages workshop – One World Association, Poland

Local Action Type: Workcamp

Date: 19,21,22 Dec 2022, 9 Jan 2023

Local Action Discerption:

Young people raise their voices to save the Planet!

The One World Association in Poland puts efforts into raising awareness about climate change and provides workshops and activities to involve communities in the topic and action. As part of our activities, we came up with the idea to organize school workshops in English about climate change and the state of soil.  The high school students of a local school in Pniewy, Wielkopolska region took part in non-formal education workshops about the environment and eco-volunteering. They had a chance to reflect on climate change  and share their concerns with their peers. The second stage of the activity involved a creative workshop where students prepared posters and drawings  with messages and call for action to protect the planet. Their artworks focused on saving oceans, forests, and the planet. There was an official school exhibition with an opening and a tasty cake with a group photo. 

Young people have their part in saving the earth. They  take initiative and are willing to take actions. One of the drawings shows the earth held in a heart-shaped hand with a message: There is no Planet B. 


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