River Action for All (RAfA)


Who is behind this?

Léa Bigot

Social-ecological Platform Getidos (Getting Things Done Sustainably)



Idea Sketch | Proposal


Idea pitch

RAfA aims to give access to environmental education to marginalized youth groups in Europe that usually do not participate in environmental programs. It invites them to participate in a series of small acts of concrete water solidarity that form a blue ribbon across the Europe of rivers and people.

Where will your idea take place?

Berlin, Germany, Tbilissi, Georgia, Ciglenik, Croatia

Why does Europe need your idea?

The risk is high that the economic crisis in Europe will lead to increased nationalisms as well as an environmental roll-back. For example, less than 50% of lakes and rivers have achieved the goals of the European Water Framework Directive. Yet water also unites – getting this point across at an early stage in life is essential for building and sustaining the multi-generational task of water conservation in Europe. To this end, we believe it is essential not to separate social and ecological crisis. As it is known from environmental justice research, poor communities are frequently those also afflicted with environmental problems. Our project focuses on youth marginalised from environmental education because we do think that it is essential that these values become more widespread.

What is your impact?

The main objective of the project is to empower European youth by making them part of a trans -European blue ribbon. In addition, we seek to provide them with environmental education about water, and to offer a group some valuable time that may often not receive such attention. We aim to reach out our activities to 50 marginalised youth groups (e.g. schools located in less developed economic regions, migrant children, Roma communities, disabled youth groups) in about 7 European countries. Like rivers, the action bus travels across borders, and carries with it interesting material. A second objective is to establish new partnerships between our local partner NGOs and the youth groups. We aim to integrate this kind of partnerships in the multi-generational EU effort for living rivers.

How do you get there?

 Select 50 marginalised youth groups in dialogue with our partners.
 Revisit and update the action material from the BJC youth river campaign.
 Travel three months with our „River Action Bus“ to visit the youth groups: organise workshops (e.g. river art, participatory film, scientific water experiments, policy and ethics games) together with our local partner organisations.
 Weave a blue ribbon of water solidarity and give voice to the youth by setting up an online platform connecting the groups. The platform will also serve as a tour book and provide open access to educational material.
 Prepare and hold an exhibition presenting the results of the tour (documentary movie and river art), location to be confirmed (possibly in the Ruhr area, e.g. Water Museum Mülheim).

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What makes your idea stand apart?


€ 35500,-

Funding requested from Advocate Europe

€ 39000,-

Total budget

Major expenses


What do you need from the Advocate Europe community?

Does anyone already work with marginalised youth groups in Europe and would like to become part of our environmental education „River Action for All“ (RAfA) project?


BJC 2015

Idea created on April 13, 2015
Last edit on Oct. 30, 2017

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