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Green Days on the Drawa River – 27-29 August 2021

For the seventh time already, the Strefa Zieleni Foundation coordinates the organisation of the Green summer university in Poland, which changed in 2020 its formula and partners, but still remains the most important annual meeting of Green politicians and green thinking activist in Poland. We will also invite as usually academia and artists.

This year we will meet on August 27-29, 2021, at the junction of three provinces: Wielkopolskie, Zachodniopomorskie and Lubuskie, in the Pestkownica settlement belonging to the Krzyż Wielkopolski commune, in the Drawska Great Forest – 200 km east of Berlin.

This will be our second summer meeting during the coronavirus pandemic, which has shaken the human world, but also gave breath and space to other species.

The coronavirus pandemic is strong evidence that we cannot destroy the habitats of other species with impunity. We also have painful proof of the importance of public services, for which the Greens have always been fighting, health and education in particular.

The pandemic has become an opportunity and a pretext for the ruling parties in some countries, including Poland, to weaken democracy, strengthen authoritarianism, weaken local governence, limit the freedom of the media and civic organizations, in violation of the rule of law. Will we be able to stop and reverse this process?

The pandemic did not stop the advancing climate catastrophe, the pro-climate and pro-ecological transformation must take place as soon as possible. The European Union is not deviating from the path marked by the European Green Deal, the United States has joined it thanks to the new President Joe Biden, that’s good news. Will it be enough for the COP26 climate summit in Glasgow to bring about a breakthrough in the level of global climate ambition?

The huge leap in digital technology with the massive online transition is an opportunity, but it’s not free – just as the energy transition it has one Achilles’ heel – a massive increase in demand for metals, including rare earths. What are the optimal green answers to this problem?

The pandemic and its effects on public health, domestic violence, the economic crisis and the looming climate emergency all have a catastrophic effect on the mental state of citizens. This is especially true for young people. The crisis of education, a difficult start on the labor market, the fear-inducing prospects for the future of the world in the era of climate change, increase anxiety and self-destructive behavior, in the absence of the help of public authorities – the Greens must look for ways to support the young people in these extremely difficult times.

Nevertheless, or even more so, the green wave is growing in Europe, and not only in western and northern Europe, as shown by the successes of the Greens in Hungary, Croatia and Bulgaria. Perhaps because the Greens have long been looking for answers to the problems bothering the world today and more and more often have the opportunity to prove that they did not waste any time. Green ministers, parliamentarians and councilors as well as thousands of activists and experts in Europe and on other continents exchange experience and knowledge.

The world is moving in such a direction that the Greens are and will be doomed to electoral success, so they must be ready to take responsibility at all levels – local, regional, national and European. They must learn quickly and build partnerships and cooperation with those who understand today’s challenges and have a similar vision of the world of the future.

Green Days conference is an important tool for the Polish Green movement. As always, there will be a lot going on. We continue with hybrid meetings – partly on site, partly online. We will be streaming on youtube as much debates and workshops as possible, trying to get the best quality possible, drawing conclusions from last year’s experience.

We plan the following thematic blocks and partnerships:

  • In partnership with the Greens / EFA group in the European Parliament, under the title „Green debate on the Future of Europe” :
    • Europe of values, democracy, human rights and the rule of law (MEPs: Terry Reintke and Jakop Dalunde)
    • Green Europe of regions and cities – recovery and climate challenges (MEP: Jakop Dalunde)
    • Europe and Poland in the new global geopolitics of recovery, climate and resources (MEP: Michael Bloss)
    • Digital economy and artificial intelligence – ethics, responsibility, human rights (MEP: Kim van Sparrentak)
    • (round table) Does Europe need genetic modification of living organisms? – precautionary principle and biodiversity in the Green vision (with Greens/EFA campaigner: Francizka Achterberg)
    • (round table) Ecological bombs – how to neutralize them? Necessary remediation of post-industrial pollution (online meeting of polluted regions’ stakeholders with Green politicians)
  • In partnership with the Heinrich Böll Foundation office in Warsaw and the association Ostra Zieleń (Polish young Greens): „Democracy does not fall from the sky – youth activism”:
    • How to transform street activism into political involvment?
    • Old and Young in Times of Crisis – Intergenerational Solidarity or Competition?
    • What is the local governence for, and for whom? How can youth councils cooperate with local governments? (game of roles)
  • In partnership with the Green European Foundation: „On the road to COP26 in Glasgow”:
    • Women on the way to Glasgow – climate and feminist diplomacy and foreign policy (panel)
    • Metals for a green and digital Europe (workshop)
    • Agriculture friendly for climate, farmers, biodiversity, consumer health, animal welfare and future generations – utopia or necessity? – plenary debate [also in partnership with the Living Earth Coalition and the Program Group for food and agriculture of the Polish Greens]
  • In partnership with the Congress of Women: „Green Congress of Women” of regional leaders of the Congress of Women:
    • The European Green Deal, covid recovery and gender budgeting (debate)
    • Ecofeminism in action
    • Open meeting of the regional leaders of the CoW
  • In partnership with the Green Party „Summer University of the Greens” [program to be approved]:
    • The Green Recovery Plan for Poland and the presentation of the Party Program Groups
    • (round table) United to save the Odra River [partnerships to be approved]
    • closed trainings (internal program of the Green Party)

Besides that Zielone Wiadomości green journal invites to the discussion on the recovery and post-recovery economy.

As always, we are planning nature escapades, this time they will include the issues of river renaturalisation. There will also be a cultural program and a program for children (paintings with Jarosław Malicki). We will present more details mid-August.

Contacts:

Ewa Sufin-Jacquemart, ph.: + 48-664673700, ewa.sufin@strefazieleni.org

Michal Suchora, ph .: + 48-725536075, michal.suchora@partiazieloni.pl

Program:

The full English program of the Green Days on the Drawa River is here:

https://docs.google.com/document/d/1MyeG2k3o0Xm-geV3PcI-17m6d6-VycYSiX7FyQbo1Rs/edit?usp=sharing

Logistics and registration:

There is no registration form in English. The international participants and panelists who would like to take part in situ, are pleased to send the information to fundacja@strefazieleni.org with name(s) of participant(s) and day and hour and place of arrival/departure and the covid information (see details below).

Transfers. We will have an autocar from the main rail station in Poznań (Poznań Główny) on the August 26th at 15:45 (we will wait however in any case for the arrival of the train from Warszawa, the planned arrival is 15:28).
The same day at 22:00 we will organise a car transfer for a few persons.
The nearest station is DOBIEGNIEW (25 km from the site) and we will organise transfers from/to there case by case.

Price and payments. The organises offer all the conference logistics and the content, the participants pay the hotel and food and the transport (except organised local transfers). The price of the full stay (2 nighs with breakfast + 5 lunches/dinners) is 605 PLN (ab. 140 EUR) that the participant will be able to pay directly on site if he/she needs an invoice, or pay by bank transfer before the event to Fundacja Strefa Zieleni, if he/she doesn’t need the invoice:

FUNDACJA STREFA ZIELENI, 01-822 Warszawa, ul. E. Schroegera 28, IBAN:   PL66 1020 1097 0000 7602 0237 0450  //  BIC/SWIFT:    BPKOPLPW, title: „Green Days + name(s) of participant(s)”.

COVID. We need a covid information in the email sent to register, to know what will be the situation the day of arrival for each participant:

– the participant will be vaccinated with two doses of the Covid-19 vaccine or one dose of the Johnson & Johnson vaccine

– the participant will be vaccinated with one dose of the COVID-19 vaccine

– the participant will not be vaccinated, but will have an up-to-date COVID-19 test (RT-PCR or antigens, done less than 72 hours before the arrival)

– other situation (please explain).

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To compare the Green Days 2021 with the event in 2020, you will find below the program of the Green Days 2020 in Sokołowsko.

Green Days in Sokołowsko – 28-30 August 2020

Zielone Dni w Sokołowsku

We invite you to Sokołowsko, in the sourth-west of Poland, in the Sudety Mountains, not far from both the German and the Czech borders.

We invite you to the Zdrowie cinema-theater,  Główna str. 36 in Sokołowsko (and to other facilities managed by our partner – the Foundation of the Contemporary Art IN SITU)  for three events:

1.

        

On August 28-30, MEP Jakop Dalunde (Sweden, the Greens / EFA group in the European Parliament) and the Strefa Zieleni Foundation invite to the seminar:

„Green Project for Europe”

Free admission, Polish-English translation

Program:

Friday 28.08

9:15 – Opening, welcoming the participants

9:30 – Jakop Dalunde „Green Recovery Plan for Europe” – introduction to the discussion

9:45 – 11:15 „Green Vision for the Future of Europe after Corona” – debate – Jakop Dalunde, Małgorzata Tracz, Joanna Stolarek, Michal Berg, lead by: Ewa Sufin-Jacquemart and Wojciech Kubalewski

11:30 – 13:00 „What Energy Transition for Climate Neutrality in 2050?” – Radosław Gawlik and his guests: Jakop Dalunde, Miłosława Stępień, Marcin Harembski

15:00 – 16:30 „Will the Circular Economy Save Economic Growth and Future Generations? – Krzysztof Rzyman and his guests: Anna Pięta, Piotr Barczak (online), Tomasz Wojciechowski, introduction: „power speech” by Anna Pięta

19:30 – 21:00  „Culture in Times of Crisis” performative lecture by Sebastian Cichocki (video), discussion with Cecylia Malik, Ewa Ciepielewska, Jakub Falkowski, moderator: Michał Suchora

2.

    

On August 29, the Strefa Zieleni Foundation in partnership with the Warsaw office of the Heinrich Boell Foundation invite you to the seminar:

„The European Green Deal in Times of Pandemic”

Free admission, Polish-English translation

Program:

Saturday 29.08

9:15 – Opening, welcoming the participants

9:30 – 11:00 „What Role will the European Green Deal Play for Poland, Europe and the World?” – debate – Ewa Sufin-Jacquemart and Wojciech Kubalewski, and their guests: Jacek Wasik (online), Adam Wajrak (online), Laura Kroschewski and Baptiste Aguila (online), Dorothy Nalubega (Uganda, online), Justyna Zwolińska, Krzysztof Bestry

15:00 – 16:30 “Ecofeminism. How to Make the Green Transformation Friendly to Women? ” – round table with: Sylwia Spurek, prof. Magdalena Środa (online), Dr. Ewa Rumińska-Zimny (online), Ewa Sufin-Jacquemart, Karolina Skowron (online), moderated by: Magdalena Gałkiewicz and Aleksandra Kołeczek; with the participation of Joanna Piotrowska (online) and plenipotentiaries of the Congress of Women from the Lower Silesia region [the round table is organised in partnership with the Congress of Women Association, the venue: Villa Rosa,  Różana str. 1]

1700 – 18:30 „Green Deal for Lower Silesia” – debate – Małgorzata Beślerzewska and her guests: Małgorzata Tracz, Roman Szełemej, Szymon Chojnowski, Irena Kamińska

 

The participants will receive a special edition of „Green News” magazine (Zielone Wiadomości) devoted to the green transformation and the future of Europe, Poland, the world and the region, after the coronavirus.

Media partner:

Practical information:

Registration and information for the participants of the Summer University of Zieloni and for the panelists: https://app.evenea.pl/event/LUZ2020

Other participants : transport, accommodation and meals on their own, free admission, free participation in events, offered coffee breaks.

Sanitary requirements due to covid-19: a mask or a visor is obligatory, disinfectants will be in place.

Contact:

Michal Suchora, Tel .: + 48-725536075, michal.suchora@partiazieloni.pl

Ewa Sufin-Jacquemart, Tel: + 48-664673700, ewa.sufin@strefazieleni.org

Registration mandatory, only for the participants of the Summer University of Zieloni and for the panelists: https://app.evenea.pl/event/LUZ2020

The payment for the accommodation managed by the Strefa Zieleni Foundation must be paid before the departure, by bank transfer to the account of the Strefa Zieleni Foundation (please bring a confirmation of the transfer):

66 1020 1097 0000 7602 0237 0450 title: „participation in LUZ2020”

(from abroad: IBAN: PL66 1020 1097 0000 7602 0237 0450, Swift / BIC: BPKOPLPW)

 
 

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Fundacja Strefa Zieleni (Green Zone Foundation) promotes political ecology, initiates and drives political debate and search for new political solutions, supports local, national, european and global actions –  in line with the ideals and the vision of the Greens: sustainable development, climate, nature and environment protection, social justice and crisis-resistant social policy, rule of law, participatory democracy, freedom of conscience, separation of church and state, freedom of medias and digital rights, responsible governance, corporate social responsibility, green and resilient economy and taxation, fair international trade, agroecology and food sovereignty, human righs, equality of civic rights, feminism, LGBTQ+ rights, pacifism and no-violence.

In Europe, the Foundation cooperates with the Green European Foundation (GEF) and other Green foundations, think-tanks and instituts, and with the European Green Party (EGP) and the Green/EFA group in the European Pariament, promoting their actions and publications.

In Poland, the Foundation collaborates with a number of NGOs and with Polish Green Party (Partia Zieloni), supporting activities like conferences, debates and workshops, exhibitions and other events designed to promote Green visions, ideals and political programs. We also support the independent newspaper Zielone Wiadomości (Green News, www.zielonewiadomosci.pl).

Our Executive Board:

ESJ-2015EWA SUFIN-JACQUEMART, President of the Board (Twitter: @esufin), is graduated in sociology from Warsaw University and the Sorbonne in Paris. After few different studies and carriers, between others as a diplomat (Consul of Poland in Luxemburg 2007-2011), she is since 2012 director of the Green Polish foundation “Strefa Zieleni” and coordinates the Green Centre of the Congress of Women.

 

beata_nowak

BEATA NOWAK, Member of the Board, is editor in chief of the Green News magazine (Zielone Wiadomości, http://zielonewiadomosci.pl), urban and environmental activist. Founder member of the Polish Green party Partia Zieloni (formed as Zieloni 2004) and of the Congress of Urban Movements.

 

MICHAŁ SUCHORA, Member of the Board, art critic, art historian and sociologist by education. Co-owner of the BWA Warszawa gallery showing the most interesting phenomena in contemporary Polish and international art. Member of the National Fellow Court of the Green Party.

 

SUPPORT US!

To promote the Green policy in Poland, to oppose the destruction of wonderful Polish natural heritage, the state of law, tolerance and democracy, the Foundation needs your support. Citizens expect an alternative and politics turned to the future! As we get no public funding, we need money to rise an ecological and democratical awarness of Polish citizens and speed up this proces.

To support Green actions and Green publications in Poland, we need your help.

Send your donation to:

FUNDACJA STREFA ZIELENI, 01-822 Warszawa, ul. E. Schroegera 28

IBAN:   PL66 1020 1097 0000 7602 0237 0450

BIC/SWIFT:    BPKOPLPW

Bank: PKO BP SA,  Od. 3, Warszawa, ul.  Marszałkowska 100-102,  00-950 Warszawa, Poland

 

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