In the last years, all the participants at MIJARC Europe’s activities paid additional fees on top of the regular participants’ fees. We now want to reinvest these carbon offset fees in a project that is a model for the prevention of greenhouse gases.

To implement this we want to open a contest for our local and regional groups to win an award of €240 (two hundred and forty Euros). Considering its view on sustainable development, MIJARC Europe promotes a reduction of greenhouse gas emissions. The aim is to foster young people addressing the danger of greenhouse gas emissions. At the same time we want to support the work of MIJARC European youth groups.


Eligibility Criteria
 The group that applies for it must be a youth led group, be it a local or a regional group
from a MIJARC Europe members movement;
 The project to be awarded needs to be mainly finished within the calendar year of 2020;
 The prize money must not exceed 50% of the total project costs;
 In order for us to evaluate the project, a transparent presentation on the use of the money needs to be handed in to the MIJARC office by November 2020;


Award Criteria
We want to evaluate the different projects in a transparent process. We will therefore assess the:
 Number of people involved;
 Approximate amount of CO2 that is reduced;
 Sustainability of the project (if it is a long-term project, what materials and which resources are/were used);
 Possibility to raise sponsorship by other donors;
 Visibility of the project in local/regional media;
 Quality of presentation.

We therefore call on you to either present your projects on greenhouse gas reduction or start a project on this topic and establish a presentation on it.

How to apply
You should send us by e-mail: office-europe@mijarc.info in a pdf or word document, with maximum 5 pages A4, your group’s presentation explaining as detailed as possible how your initiative fulfils the eligibility and award criteria explained above.

Please, when sending your e-mail write in the subject line “Carbon Offset Price Application”. An email confirming the reception of your application will be sent to you as soon as possible. If you don’t receive it within one week after you sent your application, please contact us.

The deadline for receiving applications is the 15th August 2020 at 12:00 pm (Brussels time).


TIMELINE
June 2020 – Call for proposals
15th August 2020 – Deadline for applications
September 2020 – Communication of the award decision

If you are selected for the award, you will receive 50% of the amount immediately. The other 50% will be sent when MIJARC Europe will receive a final report. The report needs to include a transparent cost calculation and in order to make sure the sustainability of the project how you intend to do the follow-up of the project.
In case you still have questions or need any further information, please contact us: office-europe@mijarc.info

Full guidelines:

The European Union, a peace project

Europe is not a recent construction. It has existed for centuries, as a continent but also as a community, with a shared historical and cultural heritage. And yet, in 1950, Robert Schuman declared “A united Europe was not achieved, and we had war”. Indeed, Europe had just been devastated by the Second World War and experienced its worst trauma, barely 20 years after a war so atrocious that European nations swore it would be their last. So as not to mince words, the heads of state of Western Europe understood this time that the construction of a political Europe was the condition for lasting peace.

The European project is therefore first and foremost a peace project. From the creation of the ECSC in 1950, bringing together countries that were at war with each other five years earlier, to the Europe of 27 that our nations form today, we have come a long way.

The duty of young people in maintaining this peace

Yet, while it is true that within the borders of the EU, peace has been established between nations, European states have repeatedly been at war with other regions of the world (Syria, Mali, Afghanistan, etc.) for the past 20 years.
Far from fantasizing about a global and fulfilled peace, European youth, although aware of the limits of the EU, nevertheless places its trust and hopes in it. Young European people are conscious of the task that lies ahead of it: to work, through solidarity, exchanges and the duty of remembrance, towards a long-lasting peace.

MIJARC Europe focuses its work on young people in rural areas and agriculture and by this establishes a link between young people from all over Europe to serve this objective.

After the World War II Catholic Rural Youth Movements felt the necessity to get in contact with rural youth coming from other countries and to build up an international understanding. Building up a world with social and economic justice was one reason why the movements of Flanders – Wallonia (Belgium), France, Netherlands, Luxembourg, Italy, Germany, Portugal, Switzerland and Austria came together and established an international Catholic movement for rural and agricultural youth during the 50’s.

MIJARC Europe’s action helps European young people to bound 

On this Europe Day, the day after the 8 May commemorations marking the end of the Second World War, it is important to also reflect on our roots and the reasons why networks like MIJARC were created. We should never forget to keep up this essential part of our work, to bring people from different countries together and raise our voices against injustice and to be part of the European peace project.

We are writing these words when only 5 days ago we were all gathered online for a giant skype, playing and laughing together from our houses. Even isolated as we are these days, the bonds we have built up between us do not come apart and break down the walls of our homes and the borders of our countries.

In Spring 2019, MIJARC Europe organized so-called “local visits” in 10 countries in which we have a member organization.

The objective of the activity was to discuss with young people, youth workers and local and regional authorities about youth participation, discover what they think about it and how they assess youth participation in their community.

MIJARC Europe is now publishing the report of these local visits.

No starting point to be youth

In most countries we visited, youth is defined by the age. In general there is no under limit: only three focus groups named the age at which you start to belong to “youth”. Nevertheless, there is a strong acceptation of the upper limit to youth, which is situated between 25 and 30 years old.

Youth organizations as spaces of real youth participation

The young people and youth workers assessed at a high level of participation the orginzations in which they are active. Most of them consider that their organization is a place where the decision process is shared between youth and adults, sometimes it is even completely youth led and initiated.

What happen if it does not happen?

The question “What happen if youth participation does not happen?” opened and gave participants the opportunity to reflect on the long term. The results were strong pessimistic. On one side, no youth participation would have bad influence on the society. If young people are not in a situation to participate and through this to become engaged and aware citizens, they would in the future no engaged adult and all our democratic system would be in danger. On the other side, the participants underlined the importance of youth participation for their personal development. They gave examples of skills they learned and ideas about what they want to do in the future they get through volunteering.

Check the complete report here.