Green Summer Academy

Could you imagine a better world? Would you make the effort to realise it? Or are you afraid you can’t do it alone? What can we do against incapability, lack of means, in best case apathy, in worst case hate? Many more questions and answers to follow at the 8th Green Summer Academy: Budapest, ecotourist@35, July 3–5, 2015.

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Greencamp ’15

Is the EU good for you? You want to protect the environment, but have no idea what YOU could do? And even if you know what to do, you don’t know how to begin? You would like to meet people in your age who are moved by the same questions? Green workcamp for young people from Poland and Hungary (aged 16-23): Greencamp ’15, June 28 to July 5 in the green hills above Budapest.

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Green Academy Hungary

The Green Academy Hungary Association (Zöld Szabadegyetem Egyesület, ZÖSZE) is an independent civil society organisation committed to creating and spreading a culture of green and European values in Hungary and the Central-East European region with the means of non-formal education, community building, and integration with green movements throughout Europe.

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Program Schedule
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Thursday, 2 July 2015
06:00 PM TTIP: enough reasons to get worried about

A record-breaking number of more than 2 million signatures have been collected since October 2014 by the self-organised European Citizens’ Initiative “Stop TTIP” from citizens opposing the EU-US (TTIP) and the EU-Canada (CETA) free trade agreements. What they are worried about? The European Commission aims to provide privileges for international investors at expense of the European citizens and entrepreneurs. (more…)

Friday, 3 July 2015
05:00 PM No democracy out of misery – if you are poor you better keep your voice down? On the effects of basic income on social and economic participation

Democracy cannot be born from extreme poverty – Poor people should not be engaged in politics? Correlations between the basic income and the social participation. (more…)

08:30 PM Movie: More Than Honey (2012)

Over the past 15 years, numerous colonies of bees have been decimated throughout the world, but the causes of this disaster remain unknown. Depending on the world region, 50% to 90% of all local bees have disappeared, and this epidemic is still spreading from beehive to beehive – all over the planet. Everywhere, the same scenario is repeated: billions of bees leave their hives, never to return. No bodies are found in the immediate surroundings, and no visible predators can be located. (more…)

Saturday, 4 July 2015
10:30 AM Hello, Green Tourist! Introducing the Budapest Greenways initiative

Come and let us invent the “Budapest Greenways”. Learn about out a sustainable touristical model that brings together citizens and tourists. Where would you take your foreign friends, what would you show them? (more…)

10:30 AM What if we “only” give fish? Examples of creative food donation

For the past few years, the number of people in need has increased dramatically and spectacularly. As a reaction, many people of good intent decided that they would help those who are starving, in one way or anyother.

03:00 PM Connecting the struggles – how can civil society resistance movements cooperate better and be more effective?

From the Indignados in Spain to the internet tax protests all over Hungary, from the anti-austerity movement in Greece to the Occupy protests in 951 cities worldwide, citizens around the globe are on the march. Many popular movements have been gathering momentum, often in response to government corruption or damaging social and economic policies. (more…)

03:00 PM Space around us, DIY

There are many reasons why we do not have enough strong communities. One of the reasons is that we do not even have community spaces where these relations could be created. An American-born movement attempts to change this. We are going to use its methods during our workshop in order to re-think the area of the camp. (more…)

05:00 PM Iron Curtain 2.0 – Why this hysteria around refugees?

Since early January the Hungarian public sphere is dominated by the dominated by the “migrant” issue. While more and more people are fleeing the war-torn countries of Africa and the Middle East, Europe is increasingly reluctant to provide these people refuge. Instead the leaders of Europe decided to strengthen border controls and construct nationalist narratives to justify their anti-refugee attitudes. (more…)

05:00 PM “Abusive access to documents” – How to become a good investigative journalist?

How to uncover corruption scandals? Investigative journalists will speak about their techniques to get behind murky deals between special interests and politics. We will also ask, what special challenges transparency activists face in a system that made corruption to one of its cornerstones. (more…)

07:00 PM The “Soros Army” petting zoo – get to know the coolest NGOs in Hungary!
Sunday, 5 July 2015
10:00 AM Clean energy for Hungary! How to organise an energy revolution?
10:00 AM Something is rotten in the city of Budapest – civil society action against poisoning the people
11:45 AM Nothing about us without us! Advocacy on the edge of society
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