From the 15th to the 25th of July we met with 65 young people between 16 and 22 years old at a camping site located in the Gornje Podunavlje Special Nature Reserve near a small village called Backi Monostor in Serbia. In the midst of this nature reserve we tackled the issues of climate change and the conservation of nature. To explore new horizons we invited people from Bosnia and Herzegovina, Croatia, Germany, Macedonia, Poland, and the hosting country – Serbia.
In the beginning we extensively discussed the various aspects contributing to climate change and the consequences it has for us in our different hometowns and countries. Carrying the discussion further out of our enclosed space, we met with local initiatives and individuals from the village of Backi Monostor and exchanged ideas with them on the issue of environmental protection. One whole day was dedicated to the visit of an organic farm nearby.
In the next phase of the project we took on all of our impressions, new thoughts, and dilemmas. In the workshops (film, journalism, theater, music, dance and recycling art) the participants sought to express the problems that they had encountered in the previous days’ theoretical workshops. Using different approaches they found many modes of articulation.
In the process of common work we faced such issues as: transcultural communication, group dynamics, and the merits of compromising. Meanwhile, there was plenty of time to build new friendships, give wild performances, swim in the channel, and enjoy the summer.
Participants are divided into the six groups – recycling, drama, dance, music, movie and media. Knowledge gained during the previous days now they express through creative work, under the guidance of their mentors
Sunny Saturday was spent in a relaxed atmosphere on ‘Nanani salaš’ in Bezdan. While some were enjoying the traditional foods others were taught how to prepare homemade wholemeal noodles.
German-croatian trio is the winner of ClimART song contest! Paul, Ivana and Rebeka performed „Prokleta je Amerika“ and earned the most points from a special jury.
On Monday we visited our host village – Bački Monoštor where all the participants had the opportunity to present their country of origin. On their stalls were various promotional materials as well as traditional treats.
On Wednesday we had the Project-fair, the local groups presented projects, organizations, initiatives or the like which are connected to the topic. It was a great idea to show each other interesting projects they know from their home.
Thursday, we watched some short movies about the topic and discussed them, our position to them and what we need for a (ClimART for) change.
In the Afternoon we played a great investigation game in Bački Monoštor. We explored the village in little groups with just a little map with some marks and the help from the resident. So we discovered a few beautiful places in Bački Monoštor, e.g. how to make honey.
And in the evening we had a dinner and a little party with karaoke in the village.
The Camp is started; we’re all in the topic-workshops and doing a great job. We have 4 great workshops about the main topic, climate change. We discuss about what happens with our earth, trying to understand our position as a human and as a European on the earth, learning about food(-production), how agricultural economics are working and checking (unnecessary) waste production and much more.
Most of the people arrived yesterday; the Serbian und German group arrived the day before yesterday. Many of us used this time to discover the camp-area, Bački Monoštor, doing some sports or to refresh in an anabranch of the Danube.
In the evening was an opening for all. We all come together for getting each other to know, talking, playing some funny games, sitting on the fire and having a non-alcoholic cocktail-evening.
ClimART for Change – Youth Creating a Sustainable Green Future is a summer camp for 60 young participants (16-21 years) which will take place in Backi Monostor in Serbia. The activity will last 11 days and includes participants from Germany, Serbia, Croatia, Bosnia, Macedonia and Poland. The main objective of the project is to involve young people in actions against climate change and therefore to secure a sustainable future by acting and participating at local and European level. An awareness of the consequences of climate change will be created due to discussions which include various perspectives of the young participants. Due to this intercultural exchange on a European level the participants will become aware of the necessity and advantages of European cooperation to save our environment. By the means of this intensive exchange green skills, European awareness and sustainable networks will be developed. Common European values will be experienced and cultural diversity as well as cultural similarities will be an important topic. As an outcome of this the participants will discover that similarities are fundamental for working and living together in a sustainable manner.
To implement these objectives various activities and methods will be applied. To get involved with locals a fair of local green projects and an open debate with local activists will take place. For strengthening the bonding-experience between the participants, an intercultural night, work in small groups and free-time activities such as sport-tournaments will be an important part of the project. The participation in the project’s program will be ensured by daily reflection-rounds among the participants with the guidance of the coordinators. In general, the methods applied in the project are focusing on a non-formal methodology, promoting art as a medium of expression. Through music, theatre, audio-mediums the participants are encouraged to stress their points of view on climate change and ecology. They join the different products into an exhibition stressing active changes in the field of ecology.