Education and Environmental Activism in Rural Areas
"On the Green Track" Event
Online on 20th of May 2022, at 16:00 o'clock.
The presentations and discussions of this event will take place on two interconnected levels: an educational-informative one, for training the participants, in which the concepts, the institutional framework and the legislation in the field will be presented. The need to comply with relevant standards will be emphasized, as will the need to raise awareness of the impact of environmental issues. In a second level, much more practical one, an action plan, some of the environmental problems in the rural environment will be analyzed and case studies and concrete means of identifying, preventing and combating various forms of pollution and other types of degradation in the environment will be presented. Young participant will learn how they can attend local council meetings, identify the issues, make requests based on the free access to information legislation, an write administrative petitions and even civil actions or criminal complaints.
The speakers are members of Pur si Simplu Verde, as well as public figures, with a rich experience in the legal field and within issues related to environmental protection, as well as in organizing adult training activities. Liviu Stancu is a lawyer and former Secretary of State in the Ministry of Justice, and Nelu Ciobanu is a former military magistrate, trainer and former deputy director of the National Institute of Magistracy.
The expected results of the webinar can be summed up in the following words: awareness and involvement, information and monitoring, action and contribution. In particular, the aim is to raise awareness of the idea that the rural environment is more vulnerable than ever to pollution, as well as the importance of preserving the natural environment of the communities in which the participants live. At the same time, at the end of the webinar, young participants should be able to identify and monitor environmental issues in their villages and take effective action to prevent or address these issues, either through individual action or by notifying the competent authorities.
The presentations and discussions within the event will take place on two interconnected plans: one educational-informative, for the training of the participants, in which the concepts, the institutional framework and the legislation in the field will be presented. The need to comply with standards in the matter will be emphasized, as well as the need to be aware of the impact of environmental issues. In a second, much more practical, action plan, some of the environmental problems in the rural environment will be analyzed and case studies and concrete means of identifying, preventing and combating various forms of environmental pollution and degradation will be presented. own communities, such as participation in local council meetings, public presentation of identified issues, formulating requests based on free access to information of public interest, formulating administrative petitions or even civil actions or criminal complaints.
Legislation sheets, models of procedural documents and concrete examples of how young people can get involved in protecting the environment will be developed and offered to the participants, and the training materials developed during the event will constitute both a means of information and a working tool because we aim for the event to generate concrete forms of activism within the communities where the participants live.
The participants will be briefly exposed to the existing legislation, both domestic and international, as well as the most recent changes, in the context of the development of concerns regarding global warming and environmental degradation. The participants will be exposed to examples of good practices from areas similar to the participants' residence, from other states.
The event will take the form of a 2-hour webinar, which will take place on May 20, 2022, at 4:00 p.m., in Romanian. This format will allow the access, under sanitary safety conditions, of a large number of participants and will facilitate the debates between them. Modern training methods will be used, most of which are interactive – presentations, question sessions, including chat, as well as case studies.
We aim to involve in this session 20 to 50 young people between the ages of 18 and 30, who live in rural areas, including those located near large cities, where they live in communities where the degree of awareness of environmental and conservation issues of biodiversity is reduced. Participation in the webinar will be free, recruitment of participants will be done through announcements posted on the association's website and social media. Participants do not need to have advanced technical skills, as the training is conducted in an interactive manner during a live event on facebook. No prior environmental activism experience or legal knowledge is required.
The moderators will be people from within the association, with a wealth of practical experience in the topic addressed, as well as in supporting such events.
You can register here until May 19, 2022.