Democracy and participation, Environment



Who is behind this?

marica Di Pierri

CDCA - Documentation Centre on Environmental Conflicts


Who is joining forces?

KTH ROYAL INSTITUTE OF TECHNOLOGY - Environmental Humanities Laboratory


Center for Social Studies of the University of Coimbra


Friends of the Earth Europe


Partner organisation 4 A Sud - Ecologia e Cooperazione Italy note: partner 3 (FoEE) will involve EU national members & European youth group "Young FoEE" (youth grassroots activists)

Idea Sketch


Idea pitch

Thousands of people take grassroots action in Europe to oppose socio-environmental threats to their communities- trying to stop, remediate and find alternative to negative development, extractation, production and waste projects affecting their lives. Often marginalized or even criminalized, they represent a democratic strength and an innovation force to be sustained and developed. GRASSROOTS-EJ wants to train and establish support teams to provide them with assistance, tools and visibility.

Where will your idea take place?

Rome, Italy; Stockholm, Sweden; Lisbon, Portugal;

Why does Europe need your idea?

Mainstream media and politics criminalise or keep invisible local environmental struggles, while they represent essential democratic niches. Developing environmental grassroots capacity at local and European level supports direct democracy and people's access to it.

What is your impact?

- Trained and built support teams in 4 different countries to provide support to thousand of people engaged in grassroots environmental conflicts (EC)
- Identified common needs and ideas to deepen & extend support teams around Europe
- Basis created for a European "mutual support" platform

How do you get there?

1. Planning/needs assessment for training: contents; participants’ selection criteria (future members of support groups); methodology
2. Implementation of 5days workshop in 4 countries: training on documentation communication and advocacy; dealing with real cases; collective elaboration (experiences, expectation and ideas) for a future joint “European mutual support platform” around EC
3. Development of a shared follow-up & networking plan
4. Establishment of 4 national trained support groups

What is your story?

As collective of activists with various expertise, we are working for over 10 years to support local communities and denounce environmental injustices. We believe change comes from the people and see their empowerment as a priority. GRASSROOTS-EJ aims to extend our mission at EU level.

Who are you doing it for?

Double target:
- activists and experts from 4 countries (future members of the national support teams) to be trained to provide support to communities and grassroots in EC
- grassroots and communities impacted by contamination and engaged in environmental conflicts (beneficiaries of support teams)

What do you need from the Advocate Europe community?

please help out: is our idea/ project is clear? added value not well underlined? any suggestion/feedback welcome!




Idea created on Jan. 11, 2018
Last edit on Jan. 16, 2018

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