Junior Ranger Camp on Kullaberg, Sweden.

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The 8th of August of 2019, a group of Junior Rangers from Müritz National Park landed on the coast of the wild peninsula of Kullaberg to gather Junior Rangers from Kullaberg Nature Reserve, ready to discover the challenges and environment that Junior Rangers from Sweden deal with. 

article issued by the Junior Rangers of the Kullaberg Nature Reserve

From sunrise to sunset and beyond!

After 2019 International Junior Rangers Camp, Kullaberg Nature Reserve and Müritz National Park organised a Camp that included a lot of fun but also a lot of new knowledge since the starting. We actually got to use bat detectors during the first evening. The bat detectors catch up the special audio frequency from the bats, which is very convenient for us since humans are not capable to hear so high frequency.

On the second day, we got to do some Junior Ranger work to improve the infrastructure. We met up with the rangers and got our mission of the day. The Youth + camp was there before us so we pretty much got to finish what they had accomplished. The task included:

  • Cut down a tree that was blocking the path
  • Finished the stone wall the Youth+ group started
  • Cut down another tree that was damaging the fence

The reason for doing this was because the old path was too dangerous for the visitors to walk on.

Presenting each evening what we had learnt during the days really helped us not just to remember and think in different perspectives, but also to develop our communication skills

A small peninsula full of habitats and possibilities

We didn’t want to focus just on the forest life in Kullaberg, since there is more to explore.

One of the days we met the team from the eel-restoration project that told us about the glass eel. They are brought to Kullaberg to grow and then they swim all the way back to the Sargasso where they are born. We Junior Rangers got to help releasing the eels at Ransvik.

Now we had seen parts from the forest life and the marine life at Kullaberg so we had one more to go. The peninsula has a lot of caves and tall rocks just by the coast. The life here is of course a bit different from the rest of Kullaberg since you can find plants that can survive in the caves even though they don’t get so much sunlight.

A reflection to apply

We watched the film called “50 minutes to save the world”, which addresses that the majority of all coral reefs are dying due to us humans, for instance, because of the problem with litter plastic. The animals and plants undersea are affected, the whole underwater life is affected, and when we don’t protect and save this life, the life above sea level will not survive.I don’t want to give the whole movie away, but I assure you it is worth seeing“.

We can save the climate if we act now

– Is an important message from this camp.

Now when the camp is over I think we all can bring home new knowledge, good conscience and fun memories…


The Mobile Film Festival is calling for action against climate change

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The call for films is open until October 16th 2019

In partnership with YouTube Creators for Change and United Nations Climate Change, the Mobile Film Festival (MFF) opened its 15th edition with a call for contributions. In the context of absolute climate urgency, the MFF joins the campaign ACT NOW on climate change, launched by the UN General Secretary, Antonio Guterres.

1 Mobile, 1 Minute, 1 Film

This year, the Festival returns with the rules that made its success: 1 Mobile, 1 Minute, 1 Film​. The call for films is open until October 16th 2019 on www.mobilefilmfestival.com.

With the theme ACT NOW on climate change​, the filmmakers are invited to submit films presenting desirable futures which are being built right now through numerous initiatives of committed citizens and NGOs around the world.

Anyone can contribute

The main goal is to reveal and support the talents of tomorrow​. By giving the floor to filmmakers of all geographical and cultural horizons – each film is strong, committed and unique​. The Festival’s 100% digital aspect and its creative and brief format allow broadcast on all screens: mobile, tablet, computer, TV and cinema. Last year, the MFF received over 700 films from 81 countries and reached an audience of 21 million views​.

In previous years, the short-film festival has been defending values of equality and discovery by eliminating economic constraints through the use of mobiles and free registration – while promoting the creativity of directors who must tell a story in one-minute maximum.

Win €20.000 for a professional film

The two Grand Prizes of €20.000 each will allow the winning directors to produce in one year a short film with professional means and the help of a producer. Two other €3.000 grants will allow the winners to join writing residencies.

The one-minute films from around the world should make people think and most of all, make citizens, political and economic decision-makers act.

We still have time, but the clock is ticking – so let’s ACT NOW on climate change! For inspiration, watch a short trailer:

Save the Amazon! Save the world. Save Ourselves. Save our Species. S.O.S.

Forest fire_photo from pixabay,com

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Article issued by Ignace Schops, EUROPARC President

This is a message to UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres and to all the world leaders. This is a message to prioritize the topic of the burning Amazon at the UN Climate Action Summit to be held September 23 in New York.

Article issued by Ignace Schops

Please consider declaring a global state of emergency! We are reaching the dangerous tipping points much earlier causing unprecedented environmental and humanitarian disasters. Like I stated before, it is time to set up the UN Green Helmets to save our planet.

Time after time, experts are flabbergasted of the results of their research. Dangerously fast we will face tipping points and feedback loops we cannot control. Report after report, the IPCC (The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change) admits the situation is worse than they predicted in the former report.

The world is on fire!

The Arctic is known for its icy expanses, frozen tundra, and massive floating glaciers. Not blazing wildfires. Last month, megafires razed the northernmost parts of Russia and Greenland. And now the Amazon is burning.

Environmental organizations and researchers say the wildfires blazing in the Brazilian rainforest are 80% higher than last year and were set to fire to clear and utilize the land, emboldened by the country’s pro-business policy.

Please notice there is no business to be done on a dead planet.

Photo by Pixabay

The Amazon, with a surface of 10 times the size of France, delivers the oxygen we need, regulates a comfortable climate to live and is one of our global biodiversity hotspots. The consequences of the fire are tremendously dangerous.

Local and global. Currently, the fire hit a surface as big as Belgium and it is ongoing! As a consequence of this fire, the Amazon ecosystem can be deregulated and reach a tipping point where the moisture of the Amazon is not able anymore to create clouds, to produce rain. If this happens, we don’t need fires to diminish the forest. The drought will do the rest.

The Amazon is our green lung, providing oxygen and a big carbon sink.

Just 12% of the Amazon has a some kind of protection status. Imagine just 12% of your lungs were secured to keep you healthy and day after day you inhale smoggier oxygen in a smaller part of our lungs.

What would you do?

Correct, you would do everything to improve our situation. To get healthy again. At any cost, because we want to stay alive.

So please. We need action and we need it now! We need to protect what keeps us alive.

Save the Amazon! Save the world. Save Ourselves. Save our Species.


Photo by Pixabay

MAB Youth Forum in Germany: Last call!

Photo from Pixabay

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Why a Youth forum?

Nowadays, ways of involving the Youth in programmes and projects related to nature conservation and empowering them is becoming a big concern. Last year, the EUROPARC Youth Manifesto was crafted and then officially launched by young people at the EUROPARC Conference, in Scotland. The Manifesto is a clear call for change addressed to Protected Areas and local decision-makers, to provide more opportunities for young people to take an active role in their Parks and (rural) communities.

Presentation of the Youth Manifesto by a representative of EUROPARC Youth + Programme

Presentation of the Youth Manifesto by a representative of EUROPARC Youth + Programme

The MAB Youth Forum, for instance, is part of UNESCO’s efforts to engage the youth with the MAB Programme and ensure that young women and men are engaged in policies and programmes affecting them and lead action to promote peace and sustainable development in their countries and communities.

Now, EUROPARC Germany is about to create a Jugend Forum (a Youth Forum) following the principles of the YOUTH Manifesto and the ideals of the MAB Youth Forum.

About the MAB Youth Forum

The Man And BIosphere (MAB) Programme’s engagement towards youth started during the 4th World Congress of Biosphere Reserves in 2016 in Lima, Peru. The MAB Youth Forum was a great success and proved to be a beginning of active engagement towards youth within the MAB Programme and its World Network of Biosphere Reserves.

In 2017, in Po Delta Nature Reserve (Italy), during the 1st MAB Youth Forum, The MAB Youth Forum Declaration was launched, it calls on the World Network of Biosphere Reserves to share scientific and indigenous knowledge widely and to support knowledge transmission to the future generation. Biosphere reserve managers are encouraged to work with schools to develop specific programmes and to strengthen ties between research institutions and local stakeholders.

Biosphärenreservat Rhön – Photo: Pixabay

For the first time in German-speaking countries

From 6th to 9th September 2019, under the theme of:  “Sustainable life and management of biosphere reserves with the participation of young people” participants from Germany, Austria, Switzerland, and Luxembourg will have the opportunity to gather at UNESCO Biosphere Reserve Rhön.

The program includes a variety of workshops, field trips and plenty of space to develop your own ideas

If you are between 18 and 25 years old and you live or work in a German-speaking Biosphere Reserve you can apply!

– You spend an extended weekend (06.-09.09.19) in the environmental education center Rhöniversum in the biosphere reserve Rhön (Bavaria) with a varied and exclusive program.
– You get to know about 70 other young and open-minded people who are in similar life situations, and with whom you share experiences and interests, but also can have fun,
– You acquire new knowledge and skills or deepen what you already know, e.g. nature conservation, corporate responsibility, regional marketing, project management, personal initiative, teamwork, and presentation techniques,
– You get support in the development and implementation of a small project in the “own” biosphere reserve and
– You get the chance to present your ideas and demands for the future of biosphere reserves.

Check the official Website and ensure your place! you still have time!

Contact EUROPARC Germany eV. Anne Schierenberg and Stephanie Schubert. Pfalzburger Str. 43/44 10717 Berlin. 

E-Mail: anne.schierenberg @ europarc-deutschland.de , stephanie.schubert @ europarc-deutschland.de

Tel.: +49 30 2 88 7 88 2 -15 or -13 (-0)