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After two successful editions in 2015 and 2016, the Green Summer Academy took place again this year with a focus on Green cooperation, in particular among the countries of Central and Eastern Europe, and addressed challenges specific to post-communist societies.
We meet in an extremely important year for EU, with the Brexit negotiations, the elections in France, Germany and Netherlands, the unpredictability of the new US President Donald Trump and the crisis of democracy in Poland and Hungary. This generates various factors that will directly and indirectly impact the progress of the global climate policy and the implementation of the Paris Agreement. Next year’s municipal election in Poland makes us focus on the role of regions and cities in the transition to low carbon societies, and other progressive transformations. We checked if the European Pact of Amsterdam can play a role in this transition. One of the cornerstones of the green vision of the world is sustainable development, for which the preservation of pure environment and of nature rich in biodiversity for the future generations is as important as the short term economic efficiency and social justice.
Therefore, our Green Summer Universities gave the participants an opportunity to enter into a direct relationship with living nature and thus provide them with additional knowledge, sensitivity and motivation for its protection and political representation of its interests. Due to the mega projects of transeuropean waterways that threat the principal Polish rivers, together with badly implemented Water Frame Directive, the water ecosystems were at the center of the ecological outdoor expeditions during this third Green Summer Academy, located in the heart of the Natural Park of Great Poland.
The three day event consisted of lectures, debates and practical workshops focusing on the following themes:
- Puszczykowo theme;
- Green economy seminar;
- Green and progressive city, local governance theme;
- Skills and empowerment;
- Climate change and Paris Agreement theme;
- Public debate in Poznań.
This summer school was executed with the support of the Green European Foundation and Heinrich Böll Foundation in Warsaw.
Registration: Via email to firstname.lastname@example.org
Date: 13 to 16 July 2017
Place: Puszczykowo near Poznan, Poland