Leaning towards a birch tree, The Life Correspondent takes the most of the sunny moments in Scotland. Another country under my feet and different kind of landscape at the sight, this time I’m out for the nature.
Spontaneously given a chance to join the action of Young Friends of the Earth Europe (YFoEE), I’ve travelled all the way to Scotland to meet the youth that is keen on preserving our nature. We’re in Jock Neish Scouting Centre not far from a small town called Dundee. Besides untouched nature I’m surrounded by nearly one hundred young people from Europe and other continents of the world. I see diversity in race, educational and cultural background, job duties, religion, emotional connection to our planet.
People here, despite being unique, share a passion towards the environment which makes me feel as if they serve my god, the Earth.
During the past couple of days the members of YFoEE have shared stories about their involvement with climate issues in their local communities and experiences in fighting against them. Given it a thought, one of the worst consequences of climate change is losing a big number of magical places that one will never have a chance to discover. Unless, people become semiaquatic and adapt to living under the water…
In strong disbelief that it will ever happen, many youngsters have started to mine their time and energy to protect what has remained.
Some have experience in blocking the streets to keep giant vehicles from dropping poisonous chemicals to Norwegian fjords; others have suffered from feeling sea sick on a mission to protect a French island. I, however, got my first experience with Climate Action yesterday, July the 21st.
We came up with striking chants and creative props to back up the message we wished to forward. “Fossil Free Scotland!”, “Climate Justice Now!”, “Green and Sustainable Energy/ Jobs!, “Just Transition!” written on the banners, we stood outside of Oil and Gas UK office building in European oil capital Aberdeen. Aiming to reduce using fossil fuels, we wanted to reach both, the oil industries that increase the danger of losing spectacular places on Earth, and the society, that by being more aware could make small changes in their daily choices and easily cooperate in the action.
The atmosphere outside the shelter of our enemy was controversially peaceful. YFoEE had united their power and combined it with good will. Obviously nature-loving police officers appeared to check on our cheerful group and, while looking after the welfare of passersby, didn’t hide their respect for sustainability and renewable energy.
The youth was even more encouraged by the truck drivers that we’re possibly unhappy about sitting in a gigantic vehicle that gives out carbon. They reacted on our banners with a friendly smile and peep-peep on the behalf of the truck.
I observed my allies, young warm-hearted environmentalists that still haven’t lost their hope to breathe clean air and use fossil free energy. Feeling completely safe and peaceful, but meanwhile excited and energetic, I sensed the positive vibration spreading through the air.
“If only we could plug that energy and, with a support from each other, keep it renewable,” I was dreaming.
Even the staff of the company were caught by the “electricity” and came out to greet us. After the entirely lawful protest Young Friends of the Earth returned to the scouting center and gained knowledge about fracking, making natural cosmetics and other tips that come handy when creating a healthy environment.
Hoping for the best, yesterday’s action will probably not remain the only one for me. Let’s acknowledge our privilege to live on a beautiful planet and show our support.