The number of interesting workshops on the second day of the COY was even higher than the day before. But I managed to choose some very nice sessions. The day started with the workshop ‘Young Feminists for Climate Justice Storytelling’. The workshop had two parts, in the first part a couple of women told their stories about experiences of patriarchy, discrimination and structural barriers within climate action and climate policies. After that we split up in small groups to exchange our personal stories. It was a very nice workshop that gave a beautiful insight into the injustice debate with a personal component. I was very positively surprised by the number of men that attended the workshop. Gender is not just something for women or non-binary people, also men encounter gender expectations and gender inequality.
There was not much time to reflect on the workshop because we had to make a very chaotic group picture and hurry to the next session. The second workshop of day two was organized by the young greens. They presented their campaigns to influence politicians, followed by a discussion and brainstorm about how we could also influence our politics. I really liked the campaign of the London Young Greens to save the bees in London. They made hundreds of bees out of paper to send to their local counsellors. A very positive and creative way, which made an impression on these council members.
The third workshop I attended had the title: ‘For Sale: the World’. A great interactive game that perfectly showed the how the world-economy works. We were separated into small groups that all represented a country. Some countries had a lot of resources, others had tools or knowledge. The goal was to earn as much money as possible by producing certain products from these resources. My country only had resources which meant that we had to cooperate with another country one way or another. The game showed the competition that can be created between countries. Components such as colonialism, injustice and bilateral trade agreements came very clear. It was interesting to connect the game to the fossil fuel industry. An industry that is going on and on without looking at the long term effects because the companies want to win the competition now.
Luckily, there was also some time to relax and clear my head at the street art and activism workshop. We made a couple of nice banners saying: Keep it in the Ground. I will bring these to the big climate march in the centre of Bonn today. I hope to see more of us there!
The author: I am Nine de Pater from Amsterdam in the Netherlands. I am studying environmental policy and economics. Furthermore, I am active in several sustainability and climate organisations and student groups, such as fossil free and Duurzamestudent.nl.