Though there are many reasons for pessimism about the world’s future, the FT report of the results of the new opinion poll by Gallup led to a mental review of activities and achievements of younger networkers (next week). The FT:
“The new opinion poll demonstrated a big generational gap in views about the situation in Israel/Palestine. Americans in the 18-29 group 51% said Israel’s current use of force current use of force was unjustified and 23% supported these actions, whereas the in 55-65+ agegroup 54% believed its current use of force was justified and 30% said it was unjustified”.
We start with networkers working with/for young people
Last year she attended a production of the original “Peace Child'” musical at UN HQ in Geneva. Green Cross international asked for this to celebrate the 20th anniversary of its creation by Mikhail Gorbachev. Its story begins with the explosion of the Chernobyl nuclear plant; the cost of seeking advice from world experts on how to render it safe left a huge hole in the Soviet military budget. National – and global – security had suddenly assumed a new environmental priority. It proved the political undoing of Gorbachev. Sacked, he was left to ponder where the essence of global security actually lay? Green Cross International was the result.
Katy Rustom is co-founder of CERE in Mumbai.Its activities include promoting environmental education across all institutions and communities. The educational programs and activities raise awareness and promote the need for personal initiatives and social participation to achieve sustainability.
CERE designs – inhouse – a range of publications, websites, educational aids, film scripts, e-learning modules, posters and pamphlets. CERE was commissioned to research and script a film on Climate Change by the Ministry of Science & Technology (MoST) in collaboration with National Geographic Society entitled Cutting Carbon.
Zerbanoo Gifford (centre) founded the Asha Centre. This charity works for the empowerment of young people, sustainable development and peace & reconciliation worldwide. ASHA runs a full programme of activities, free of charge for young people aged 16-35, throughout the year. Many of these are supported by the European Union’s ‘Youth in Action’ Programme, which aims to inspire a sense of active citizenship, solidarity and tolerance among young Europeans. It also seeks to promote non-formal learning, inter-cultural dialogue and mobility within and beyond the EU’s borders. ASHA runs a range of Youth in Action activities – principally Training Courses, international Youth Exchanges and volunteering placements (EVS).
When not furthering her health centre project Christine Parkinson spends much time these days carrying out fund-raising activities for her son’s Ugandan project, Chrysalis Youth Empowerment Network (CYEN) which works among slum children and the rural poor. CYEN trains young people who have a selfless attitude and ideas for their community from the most remote rural villages and disadvantaged urban slum districts to become social entrepreneurs. Poverty and human rights at the top of the agenda and the young people are trained in a range of subjects – social enterprise and entrepreneurship, Ethics, International Citizenship, ICT, Problem-solving and much more, while they attend the Chrysalis Centre. Additionally, each member must undertake a project of their own, both in the local slum district and in their home village, so that they gain experience of leadership and practical problem-solving. The new Ashoka Youth Venture in Gulu is proving to be a huge success recruiting almost sixty capable youth living in remote rural areas.
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