CIDSE’s Joint Action Campaign ‘Change for the Planet – Care for the People’ will be present at World Youth Day 2016 in Krakow, Poland (25 – 31 July). The campaign will be present in the activities of the Laudato Si’ Eco-Youth Festival held by the Global Catholic Climate Movement (GCCM).
Representatives from two Filipino NGOs point out the main issues related to the current extractivist model in their country. Instead of the benefits promised by companies, they see that local populations suffer from environmental degradation and deteriorated living conditions. People are organizing to defend their rights and build alternatives to large-scale mining.
In May, CIDSE held a legal seminar on the Treaty in Brussels.
On June 15, CIDSE, Fair Trade Advocacy Office, Action Aid, Via Campesina, the International Federation of Catholic Parochial Youth Movements, and the International Federation of Rural Adult Catholic Movements co-organized a brainstorming lab session at the European Development Days 2016. Through five concrete examples and experiences, this session explored different ways of moving towards more sustainable ways of living, consuming and producing.
In June 2015, CIDSE welcomed the Pope's hope for a profound "ecological conversion" and advocated for a fair and binding global agreement on climate change at the UN Climate Conference (COP21). However, together – politicians, business people, investors, teachers, healthcare workers – can and must do more to live Laudato Si'.