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Are you passionate about the environment, human rights, or equality? Are you interested in making a change in society, or the whole world? Would you like to know more about green activism and politics at different levels? If you answered yes, apply now to take part in the Finnish edition of the European Green Activist Training 2020-21!
About the event
If you are eager to learn about green politics and changemaking, this course is made for you! Prior experience or membership of the Young Greens is not needed – on the contrary, we want to get participants who could learn the most out of this course! We are looking for applicants from diverse backgrounds – youth aged 15-25 from all across Finland – and the most important thing we are looking for is motivation.
During the European Green Activist Training, you will be introduced to green values and activity from the local level to the national, EU and international level. As a course participant, you will hear from politicians and other professionals of the field, discover how politics is made, get a backstage pass to civil society organisations, and discuss changemaking from an individual’s perspective. This course will give you the knowledge, skills and support network you need to become a changemaker. You will find your own way to be an activist, gain new friends and valuable experience.
1st meeting, 10.-11.10.2020: Welcome to the training!
During the first meeting we will get to know each other and have an introduction to the Green Party and Young Greens. The meeting is organised in cooperation with the Green European Foundation and we will discuss green politics and activism at various levels – including local, national, and international levels.
2nd meeting, 210, 31.10.-1.11.2020: Local level politics
Local elections are coming up in Finland! Therefore it is useful to find out how local level politics works – in Finland and abroad. We will learn about local activism and how municipalities work. This training is organised in cooperation with the Green European Foundation.
3rd meeting, 25.11, 28.-29.11. 2020: Civil society and NGOs
Civil society organisations are a key player seeking to create change in the world, be it environmental or climate justice or humanitarian crises. We will find out more about different NGOs and their work in different fields and different countries. This training is organised in cooperation with the Green European Foundation.
4th meeting, 16th–17th January 2021: National level (Helsinki TBC)
We will focus on the national level of politics, including the tasks of Parliament and Ministries, how government and opposition roles differ, as well as learning more about other social and political actors.
5th meeting, 20th–21st February 2021: International level (Helsinki TBC)
We will learn more about the European Union, how it functions and how to seek change in the EU. We will also take a more global perspective on politics and find out what are our challenges and objectives in Europe and globally.
This autumn’s trainings will be organised online, and they will be free of charge. Provided that the epidemic situation allows it, we will organise the January and February meetings physically in Helsinki, in which case participants who came to these meetings will be charged 25 euros per meeting. This fee will cover one meal and travel and accommodation for those coming from outside the Helsinki area. In case you are not able to attend the physical meeting, you can participate online free of charge.
In addition, we are trying to organise the traditional Brussels Study Tour at the end of the course in Spring or at the latest autumn 2021, but the specific dates and provisions will depend on the development of the COVID-19 pandemic. The study trip will cost 120 euros per participant, which will cover all travel and accommodation expenses.
How to apply
The application period ends on Sunday 13th September at midnight EEST. Altogether 25 participants will be selected. All applicants will be informed whether their application was successful by Monday 28th September at the latest. Fill out the application here.
The course is organized by the Young Greens of Finland together with the Green Cultural Association Visio, MEP Heidi Hautala and the Green European Foundation with the financial support of the European Parliament to the Green European Foundation.
In case of questions or any further information please contact:
International Projects Officer, Young Greens of Finland