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Rzepińska str. 8
Ośno Lubuskie, Poland

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About the Event

The fifth Green Summer Academy in Poland will take place 20km from the Odra River, a  natural border between Poland and Germany, near the two towns on the both sides of the river: Słubice in Poland and Frankfurt / Oder in Germany.

The Academy is set against the new political reality following the European Parliament elections, in which the Greens became the fourth largest force in the Parliament. At the same time, right-wing and conservative, authoritarian forces were highly successful in Poland and Hungary.

In Poland, pro-democracy and European opposition are preparing for national parliamentary elections in October. On a global context, we are facing crises in the form of climate change, biodiversity extinction, natural resource depletion, pollution, growing inequalities and rising nationalism.

On the other end of the spectrum, we are seeing citizens mobilising across the world, with initiatives at every level rising to meet these crises. Now more than ever Poland and the rest of Europe needs a strong, coordinated Green movement.

This Academy will bring together activists, experts and politicians to exchange and discuss these pivotal issues and how to empower those wanting to enact change.


The details of the following programme are still to be confirmed. Please check back later for more information.

Information on the event in Polish can be found here. 

Thursday 11 th July 2019

12:00 – 16:00 – Meeting of Steering Committee of Living Earth Coalition (Kolaicja Żywa Ziemia), Zespół Szkół Ekonomicznych, Rzepińska 8

14:00 – 16:00 – Arrival of participants and allocation in rooms or setting up tents

17:00 – 19:00 – Green Ośno Lubuskie, presentation of the Circle of the Greens and the specificity of the transborder city and region, including a meeting with Michael Kurzwelly, founder of the association and „city” Słubfurt and of Polish-German “state” New America (Zespół Szkół Ekonomicznych, Rzepińska 8)

17:00 – 19:00 – meeting of young people from climate movements and young Greens from Ostra Zieleń association with the international youth camp of the Association of Friends of Korczakowo (transfer by cars or by bus departure at 16:45)

20:00 – dinner  and presentation of the program and participating organizations (Zespół Szkół Ekonomicznych, ul. Rzepińska 8)

Friday 12th of July 2019 – Plenary Sessions

05:30 – 08:30 – Nature expeditions: Odra river, National Parc Dolina Ujście Warty

08:00 – 09:00 – Breakfast

09:00 – 09:30 – Official Oppening of the Green Summer Academy

09:30 – 11:30
Does the Green wave in the European Parliament give hope for facing a climate crisis and improve democracy in the EU? – debate
[As part of the seminar “Towards Europe, democracy, ecology” in partnership with the Heinrich Boell Foundation in Warsaw]

Participants: Rebecca Harms (ex MEP Greens / EFA) or a new Green MEP (tbc.), Prof. Dr. Timm Beichelt (Viadrin, tbc.), Michal Berg or Evelyne Huytebroeck (EGP / GEF, tbc), Zuzana Pavelková (FYEG, tbc), Małgorzata Tracz (Partia Zieloni), representative of 90 / Grunen or HBS. Moderation: Maciej Słobodzian (Partia Zieloni) (tbc.)

11:30 – 11:45 – Coffee Break

11:45 – 13:30
Saving the climate: energy transition necessary but not sufficient- debate.

Participants: prof. Ewa Bińczyk (tbc.), Marcin Popkiewicz (tbc), Monika Sadkowska (RT-ON, tbc.), Marcin Wereszczyński (Extinction Rebellion), Joanna Furmaga (PZS) or Wojciech Szymalski (InE) (tbc), ex-MEP (tbc), prof. Jan Popczyk (tbc), Krystyna Boczkowska (ex-CEO Bosch Polska, Partia Zieloni), Radosław Gawlik (Eko-Unia, Partia Zieloni, tbc.), Katarzyna Ugryn (CAN, tbc.). Moderation: Tomasz Wojciechowski

13:30 – 14:30 – Lunch

14:30 – 16:15
The Sixth Great Extinction – can Europe prevent it? – debate
Introduction: “Political protection of biodiversity in the world and in the EU” – about IPBES, biodiversity summits and EU regulations (15 min) – Agata Szafraniuk or Marcin Stoczkiewicz, ClientEarth (tbc)

Participants: prof. Piotr Skubała (Jagiellonian University), Radek Ślusarczyk (Pracownia nrz Wszystkich Istot, tbc), Zenon Kruczyński (Niech Żyją!, tbc), Marcin Kostrzyński (journalist, naturalist, tbc.), ex-green European MEP or expert (tbc), dr. Barbara Pietrzak or Karolina Kuszlewicz (tbc), Agata Szafraniuk or Marcin Stoczkiewicz (tbc), Sabina Nowak (tbc.) Moderation: Marta Jermaczek-Sitak (tbc.)

16:15 – 16:30 – Coffee break

16:30 – 18:15
From the Common Agricultural Policy to the Common Food Policy – debate
[debate as part of the international GEF project Fair and Healthy Food]
Introduction: Olivier de Schutter

Participants: Bart Staes or Thomas Waitz or Florent Marcellesi (ex-MEPs, tbc.), Katarzyna Jagiełlo (Greenpeace, tbc.), Ewa Jakubowska-Lorenz or someone else from HBS (Rural Atlas), guest from a partner organisation of the project, someone from IPES-Food to present the Common Food Policy [or video], Agnieszka Makowska from the Living Earth Coalition, guest from IFOAM. Moderation: Ewa Sufin-Jacquemart

Find out more at the event page specific to this talk.

18:15– 19:30 – Dinner

20:00 – 21:30
Passive and ecological architecture – lecture of Jarosław Malicki, Green architect (tbc)

19:00 – 22:00 – Nature expeditions: Odra river and/or National Parc Dolina Ujście Warty.

22:00 – Film or documentary screening (Afrikamera, Przemysław Stępień)

Saturday 13th July 2019  – Parallel workshops, training sessions, round tables & debates

06:00 – 09:00 – Nature expeditions: Odra river and/or National Parc Dolina Ujście Warty

07:45 – 09:00 – Breakfast

09:30 – 17:45 – Parallel sessions

Roundtables / debates / workshops:
1. Roundtable discussion on biodiversity:
Is hunting necessary and / or acceptable in times of the 6th Great Extinction? – Living Earth Coalition (KŻZ) and Niech Żyją! coalition

2. Climate workshop:
Who are the new climate movements, how can the Greens support them? – [the concept of GEF e-learning for climate movements and incentive for green activists]

3. Coalition Save the Rivers:
“River in the city” – Roman Konieczny and arch. Anna Januchta-Szostak PhD. Eng. (Faculty of Architecture at the Poznan University of Technology, tbc.) and/or “Odra yesterday, today and tomorrow” – Radek Gawlik, Artur Fudryna, Ewa Leś

4. Gender – Why do women become ecofeminists?
Meeting with Olga Tokarczuk (tbc.), Karolina Skowron (tbc), and led by Magdalena Gałkiewicz (tbc.)
[As part of the seminar “Towards Europe, democracy, ecology” in partnership with the Heinrich Boell Foundation in Warsaw]

5. What does classic economics not include and how to compensate for sustainable development? – debate
Prof. PhD. Friedel Bolle (Viadrin Univ.), Ewa Rumińska-Zimny, the Warsaw School of Economics and the Congress of Women, prof. Bożena Ryszawska, Wrocław University of Economics, prof. Tadeusz Borys, Jelenia Góra University of Economics, Moderation

6. Green city workshop – How to develop Green cities in a conservative-nationalist region / country? –  with German Greens from Saxony

7. Civil democracy – How to organize effective coalition platforms and their cooperation between themselves and/or with the Greens for achieving common goals?- with representatives of the Coalition Living Earth (KŻZ) – Maria Staniszewska (tbc.), Save the

8. Rivers Coalition – Izabela Zygmunt (tbc.), coalition Niech Żyją! – Tomasz Zdrojewski (tbc.), coalition More than Energy – Joanna Furmaga (tbc.).
[As part of the seminar “Towards Europe, democracy, ecology” in partnership with the Heinrich Boell Foundation in Warsaw]

9. Workshop – How to attract young people to Green activism? – with Ostra Zieleń – Igor Skórzybut, Joanna Górska, Young Greens from Germany and Czech Republic [Zuzanna Pavelková, FYEG], with participants from young climate movements.

10. Security roundtable discussion – What should be Europe’s and Poland’s security policy in today’s unstable world? 
Participants: Tadeusz Nowak (Partia Zieloni), Piotr Niemczyk (tbc.), Rebecca Harms or Ulrike Lunacek (tbc.). Led by: Maciej Józefowicz

Expert lectures / training sessions:
1. [Energy] “Why the Greens don’t see nuclear power as a climatic hope?” – an expert from Greens / EFA or 90 / Grunen or HBS (tbc.)

2. [Civil democracy] “European citizens’ panel – utopia or the necessary evolution of direct democracy?” – Marcin Gerwin

3. [Green methods] Electoral campaign – Maciej Słobodzian and someone from German and/or Czech Greens

4. [Green tools] We get to know the green e-learning platform www.mygreenlearning.eu – GEF

5. [Green tools] Green European Journal and Zielone Wiadomości as tools of Green communication and knowledge

6. [Campaigning]  How the Loara River was saved from dams? – Roberto Epple (tbc.)

7. [Green methods] How to conduct a “green” event? – Joanna Mieszkowicz (Aeris Futuro) (tbc.)

8. [Local democracy] Green urban policy in Belgium – Joanna Kamińska, Ecolo / Partia Zieloni

14:00 – 16:00 – Marcin Kostrzyński – Meeting with nature (for children and families) (tbc.)

18:00 – 19:00 – Marcin Kostrzyński – Meetings with nature (for the participants of the GSA) (tbc.)

19:00 – Dinner

19:30 – 22:30 – Nature expeditions: Odra river and/or National Parc Dolina Ujście Warty

Sunday 14th July 2019

06:00 – 09:00 – Nature trip

09:00 – 10:00 – Breakfast

10:00 – departure of the bus to Warsaw

11:00 – 12:30 (public event) Marcin Kostrzyński – Meetings with nature (tbc.)


Accommodation partly subsidized (reduction included in the participation fee):
• Double and triple rooms: Hotel Dolina Leśnna, ul. Dolina Leśna 1, Ośno Lubuskie (for 70 people)
• Single and double rooms: Hotel Malinowy Dworek, ul. Gronowska 6a (for 14 people)
• 4-bed rooms with bunk beds: dormitory of Zespół Szkół Ekonomicznych ul. Rzepińska 8 (10 rooms for 40 people, each room shares the bathroom with residents of one tent)
• Space for 10 tents: the green area of Zespół Szkół Ekonomicznych ul. Rzepińska 8
Other possibilities:
Other options of accommodation in Ośno Lubuskie: camping, agrotourism, hotels.
There are more accommodation options in Frankfurt (Oder).

Participation Fees:

The fulle fee of PLN 500 should be paid by bank transfer to the account of Fundacja Strefa Zieleni. Transport to and from the event from Warsaw is also available for an extra PLN 100.

66 1020 1097 0000 7602 0237 0450, title: ‘Green Summer Academy participation fee’
(from abroad: IBAN: PL66 1020 1097 0000 7602 0237 0450, Swift/BIC: BPKOPLPW)

To make the event accessible to everyone, a lower participation fee is possible in certain circumstances. To enquire about this possibility, please contact Ewa Sufin-Jacquemart: +48-664673700 ewa.sufin@strefazieleni.org

Vegetarian and vegan meals (partly subsidized, reduction included in the participation fee): in the dining room of Zespół Szkół Ekonomicznych, ul. Rzepińska 8
In hostels there is a possibility to buy breakfast on your own (PLN 20).

Collective transfer by autocar from Warsaw (departure on Thursday, 11.07 at 9:30 AM from the Palace of Culture and Science, return on Sunday, 14.07 at approx. 4:00 PM at Palace of Culture and Science), price: 50 PLN / person for one direction.

Train: The nearest railway stations: Rzepin 14 km (we will organize a transfer), Frankfurt (Oder) 30 km (we will organize a transfer), but there is also a possibility of travel by bus through Słubice.

Plane: Berlin airports, then by train to Rzepin or Frankfurt / Oder
From other cities in Poland, we will cross-link people who will arrive by car with people who are looking for transport.
People with accommodation in hotels: bikes would be useful (we recommend to get by train to Rzepin and then by bicycle to Ośno Lubuskie; a few bikes could be probably transported from Warsaw; some bikes will be made available to participants by local participants).


Please register for this event via the form found here (in Polish).
To register your interest in taking part in this event in English, please contact:

GEF project coordinator Urszula Sadlowska +32 (0)2 234 65 70  urszula.sadlowska@gef.eu

Event partner Ewa Sufin-Jacquemart +48-664673700 ewa.sufin@strefazieleni.org

The Green Summer Academy “Closer to Europe” is organized by the Green European Foundation with the support of the Fundacja Strefa Zieleni, with the financial support of the European Parliament to the Green European Foundation.
The seminar Towards Europe, democracy, ecology” is organized in cooperation and with the finantial support of the Heinrich Boell Foundation in Warsaw.
Debate on transition of cities towards the Commons is organized as a part of international project “Creating Socio-Ecological Societies through Urban Commons Transition” by the Green European Foundation with the support of the Fundacja Strefa Zieleni, with the financial support of the European Parliament to the Green European Foundation.
Rzepińska str. 8
Ośno Lubuskie, Poland

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