Rising number of climate-refugees is one of the most important issues nowadays

What will be the big challenges regarding climate-change refugees in Europe in the next 50 years?

The topic about the refugees has always been and will be a burning problem. And, we can say that the rising number of climate-change refugees is one of the most important issues facing our society nowadays. We live in such an age where many people are free to choose a better way of living. Yet, some are forced to make the decision to leave their homes due to political clashes. “No one leaves home unless home is the mouth of shark” (Warsan Shire, 2011) – by ignoring the trend of the fleeing refugees, the world leaders have now allowed one of the largest global humanitarian crisis to unfold. Nevertheless, the situation can be kept under control by taking actions.

Let us take a look at the extreme weather events such as earthquakes, floods and hurricanes that are quite common and recurring. Climate change worsens the consequences of those events and it should not be a surprise that people strive to inhabit areas with a pleasant and temperate climate. People are suffering and have no other choice, but to leave their homes. The economies of the countries destroyed are extremely unstable and the population is more prone to fleeing. Every year around the globe millions of people are forced to move due to this major reason.  Furthermore, large segments of the population deciding to migrate are the ones with higher standard of living. Fleeing is inevitable; however the world leaders should find ways to solve the world refugee crisis. For instance, they should aim to provide the basic essentials for the suffering – for example a standard apartment meeting the basic human needs such as hot water and food.

According to the UNHCR, the people, who are forced to move, need some form of international protection since their own governments fail to keep them safe.

The refugee issue is painful to society these days – many people around the globe think that they are a “nuisance”. Not many people realize that all these refugees are actually one of us and that they are forced to leave their countries.  According to recent forecasts, the number of those likely to relocate because of the climate changes is 350 million by 2050, compared to 65.3 million in 2016. This may lead to building walls instead of opening the market between the nations. Unfortunately, most people do not approve of migration. Yet, helping the refugees requires a clear definition of the matter before taking any steps since many people do not indeed know what a climate-change refugee is facing. On the one hand, refugees are people left homeless, who are looking for a better way of living. On the other hand, in modern society’s eyes they are a nuisance, which may destroy their established world. Yet, not everyone is humane enough to face the reality and do something about the refugee issue instead of isolating them and treating them as criminals. There are many ways to integrate them into our local communities. For instance, a solution could be finding job places for them, incorporating them into local activities and dividing them out per capita in every city in the country. The result would be that no one would feel different, rejected and intimidated.

According to recent forecasts, the number of those likely to relocate because of the climate changes is 350 million by 2050, compared to 65.3 million in 2016.

We live in the 21st century and the standard of living is supposed to get better and better. With the increasing number of extreme weather and political events, a concern of the international community about the consequences of migration is also growing. Around 1,700 refugees died trying to cross the Mediterranean Sea in the period between January and April 2015. According to the UNHCR, the people, who are forced to move, need some form of international protection since their own governments fail to keep them safe. Hence, the attention is rising to the pledges such as countries like Norway or Switzerland are trying to find a better way of protection for climate change affected people. For example, Norway joined a special recognition procedure in 2005, which includes approval of eligibility of foreign qualifications provided with applications for jobs or studies. It is an attempt to integrate the refugees in the day-to-day life.

To sum up, refugees are people with a decent opportunity for a better life. The foreign governments play an important role in helping them. Unfortunately, the way all of them are treated is not the one they deserve to be. People can find many ways to make their stay more pleasant. Each of them is trying to remain alive and they are looking for a safer place where they will not be mistreated. A couple of countries have already thought of solutions to the refugees’ crisis and so can the others. And the more humane people are, the happier their lives will be.

About the author:

Zhaklin Dimitrova Yanakieva (17) took part in the My Europe Workshop in Sofia on 28-29 November 2016 and won the first prize of the writing competition.


Open Letter To Young People Of The UK

frogs-897387_1920Dear Young People of the UK,

There are many benefits to being in the EU, both political and economic. When you go to the polling stations on the 23rd of June, to vote in a referendum that could lead to your leaving the European Union, I’m sure you’ll have these taken into consideration. But I want to talk to you about the benefits that are particularly relevant to us at this particular point in our lives, the ones that fall under a different heading: Adventure. Right now, as I am about to leave school, I am ready to set out, and discover, and explore. I hope you will come with me.

I will go on an adventure this Summer, travelling throughout Europe with my friends. You can do the same. As members of the EU, we don’t need a visa to wander around foreign cities, towns, beaches or countryside. We don’t need papers to see some of humanity’s greatest feats- Greek ruins, Roman Colosseums, Stone Age structures- all monuments to war, peace, discovery, art and the triumphs humans can achieve working together. As part of the EU, these histories and monuments are ours, and we can travel and live among them freely.

My adventure will continue in the autumn, when I hope to go to University. My University will be filled with a diverse group of students from all around the Europe, who will be able to easily live and study abroad in the EU. The Erasmus programe allows many students to study in Europe, and whether you choose to do most of your third level education at home or abroad, you and I will be part of a rich cultural tapestry, and make meaningful connections that will connect us forever to people and places far away.

After University, the scope of the adventure only broadens. We can work, without complications, anywhere we choose. We have the freedom so many young people long for, or desperately need. The freedom to, at any moment, move to another country, to live and work there. Tomorrow we could decide that we want to live in Stockholm, or Paris, or in the Alpes, and we could do it with almost no complications, applications, or paperwork. We could choose to live anywhere, living in a culture, in a history, as somebody who belongs there.

Of course, this freedom works both ways. Those who would like Britain to leave the EU want Britain to have more control over its borders, and reduce the amount of people who come to work there. But the free movement of people and trade in the EU is something that has more benefits than harm. It makes it much easier for Britain to sell things to other EU countries, as well as supplying a stream of young, talented people who will help the economy grow.

Right now there are so many people who have been forced to abandon their homes, who want and need what we have- freedom to roam, travel, live and work in these beautiful, peaceful countries. However, Europe is struggling to accommodate them, often choosing to deny them what they need. Now is not the time to be divided, but to work together to reach a common goal. Our European Adventure should not be experienced at the expense of others.

I am on an adventure- an adventure of discovering new places, and people, and possibilities. But it is also a collective adventure, part of a rich history, that is creating new histories with every decision that we make.Will you decide to join me?

About the author:

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Feargha Clear Keena (18) participated in the Dublin Workshop in 2014. She goes to school at Mount Temple Comprehensive and enjoys playing music, writing songs, and learning foreign languages.


Climate change denial is man-made


About a year ago I had a dinner with a very bright colleague of mine from the investment bank where I served as an intern. Initially our conversation was quite enjoyable and ranged from physics and mathematics to politics and philosophy. However, there was a topic that noticeably struck a chord with both of us and it was the legitimacy and importance of climate change. We had a prolonged and heated discussion where I made simple authoritarian but empirical arguments citing studies conducted by NASA, the American Chemical Society, the American Physical Society etc and he’d respond with varying degrees of skepticism to each of those claims. Initially he’d try to challenge the impartialness of the scientific community even though recent peer-reviewed studies show that between 97% (Stuart, 2016) and 99% (Powell, 2016) of over 11,000 scientific articles state that climate change is not only real but most definitely anthropogenic. Even worse than that is the proven corruption of right-wing politicians, especially Republicans in the US, and “think-tanks” from all around the world who receive direct financing from fossil fuel billionaires like the infamous Koch brothers to finance their political campaigns (Dunlap, 2011). As a matter of fact, a lot of climate change denial in public life is a function of a corrupt political system (see Citizen’s United) and grimly reminds me of the days the tobacco industry was buying politicians to do similar claims about the uncertainty of the scientific community about the danger from cigarettes. Corporate interest is far from the only reason, though. Amongst others we have to also count intellectual laziness, failure of the educational system, inflated ego and just typical human denial of responsibility. But that’s an entirely different topic.

Going back to the conversation, my colleague would start to progressively question the accuracy of glacier monitoring techniques (Karpilo Jr, 2009), global surface temperature reconstructions (Cowtan, 2014), sea level rise measurements (Parker, 1991) etc. even though all of those experiments are measured independently on an annual basis and in several different ways and statistical models with high predictive ability have been tested again and again. The fact he will quickly deny established facts without having any expertise or empirical counterarguments was a red flag for me hinting he might be a right-wing libertarian of a kind. At some point he went so far as to discard the entire scientific method and statistics in particular as a viable instrument for acquiring understanding of the surrounding world. The entire conversation then quickly left the realm of facts and summoned both of us into the dream world of epistemolog

y, ontology and metaphysics. The tipping point was reached when he had to resort to mathematical fictionalism and the Entscheidungsproblem, basically implying that we shouldn’t make any change to the status quo because we can’t ever be completely sure of what we know now. “Force your opponent to make a metaphysical argument and then you win”, as Quine (I believe) once said.

Finally, after he perhaps felt that there is no practical and convincing way of defending his position, he moved the goal posts and started diminishing the potential impact of a “hypothetical” climate change event. His thesis was that it is not economically sound to constrain the free market and risk capital losses for an event which we could potentially adapt to with just slight discomfort. He claimed that even if the catastrophic projections of scientists actually materialize, it would still pay off more to just stick to our way of life and develop technology which will enable us to continue living in this altered environment or perhaps on another planet altogether. This was the moment when I realized that the entire conversation is not about climate science, statistics or philosophy – it was an argument between people of opposing political and economic convictions where one of the sides refuses to consider authority of any kind – even scientific, even if there is hard data present. The last thing I asked him before I left the table was: If we thought of the planet in the same way in which the managing directors of this bank think of the company and a bunch of experts told them that there is 99% chance that the company is going bankrupt in 40 years how would they react? He said nothing.

It didn’t even make sense to point out that if just the predictions for a higher acidity of the oceans meets expectations, humanity will be in dire straits, because the ocean ecosystems will be altered with unpredictable long-term consequences (Hoegh-Guldberg, 2010) which will propagate everywhere on the planet. You see, if there is really no God (or Atlas shrugging), then there is no one who keeps the delicate and intricate environmental balance which underlies our existence. It is no one’s whim whether we survive or not. And yes, while we are nearly powerless and hopeless in predicting even the immediate future with certainty, these are the best instruments we have and it’s only rational that we apply them accordingly – to the best of our knowledge. If humanity really is a fluke in an absurd world just as if hundreds of monkeys are typing on typewriters endlessly and at some point they get Encyclopedia Britannica, then we don’t want to distract those monkeys. Messing with the balance of nature, as I like to say, is thus like fiddling with the engine of a motorbike while riding it with 200 km/h on the motorway trying to win a race that we invented for its own sake – a race of technology, money and power. While we speak, extreme heat waves, flooding and heavy downpours have already affected the world’s agriculture and infrastructure and those are visible throughout the U.S. and the Middle East. It is thus arrogant not to try to reduce our impact on nature and to instead think evolution will spare us even after we altered its fitness function that spawned us in the first place so profoundly.

In retrospect, it shouldn’t surprise me that the financial world is teeming with right-wing libertarians who proudly deny empiricism and base all of their beliefs on a single arbitrary axiom that doesn’t even make sense. After all, it’s just the world’s economy and thus the world’s fate that depends on them. And yes, I will say they are quasi-religious ideologues who refuse to update their assumptions with factual reality (this is why they are the laughing stock of academic circles). They see society as a function of individuals whereas an individual is clearly only possible as a result of cohesive social structures (see Robinson Crusoe). In my opinion, one has understood what individualism means, only after he has come to the realization how interdependent everything in the universe is. The most important principle of all is that humanity is apples on an apple tree and this apple tree is Earth and this Earth peoples in the same way the apple tree grows apples (see Gaia hypothesis). We have to understand that the bee cannot exist without the flower and thus can be thought of as one and the same thing. In the same way a man cannot exist without society and vice versa. Therefore we should start thinking of our habitat as we think of our streets and houses. We are part of nature and we are animals. Our cities are just complex bee hives. We are not disconnected from our surroundings, and we are not infinitely adaptable and immune to the consequences of o

ur own actions. We are not freaks of nature. We are it and we should start acting like it.


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About the author:

Picture Bogomil Todorov GospodinovBogomil Todorov Gospodinov (21) took part in our “My Europe” workshop in Sofia in 2012. He is currently studying Computer Science at the University of Southampton in England.



Connecting Europe: the first step to change the world

Trust yourself! (Flickr: Jennifer/licensed under CC BY 2.0)

From an early age we are told our generation holds the future of this beautiful planet we call Home. And it gets me wondering: how can we play our part?

Through “My Europe”, I eventually ended up answering my own questions. I considered this activity a once in a lifetime opportunity to prove how I intend to change the world. Not only it allowed me to get out from my personal comfort zone, but it also provided me an unparalleled chance for my ideas to stand out among millions of others.

In my opinion, we have reached a crucial point where there is no turning back. Changing the route of humanity has now become critical. If we choose not to hold hands and not to get through this terrible transition as one, we might end up saying goodbye to Earth as we have known it until now.

Millions of people have the power to change the entire world. Is there anything more incredible than that? Who wouldn’t love to be a part of something this big? As we live in a century characterized by the evolution of technology and global connection, I believe teens with great communication skills and abilities to combine both speaking and writing in different languages should step forward to intervene. And this is where “My Europe” kicks in. As from now on we should be working with people of various nationalities, ages and backgrounds, I find extremely necessary that the elected ones have also an open-minded personality and a strong attitude.

“We need to start worrying, we have to start acting.”

It is not every day that you get to work on activities like this. This “youth movement” is simply the power to change the future of humankind being given to those with promising plans. As I write this small article, I get to understand how much these kind of programs can change where my future life will be heading to. An incredible journey awaits me. A path I will be crossing surrounded by so many different people with interesting future dreams and hopes, dozens of new cultures to learn about, work strategies to develop, self-discovery to overcome. Honestly I can’t think of a better way to get my position noticed and to spread the word about what, in my opinion, the future holds for all of us. It is easy to create strategies and to dream big, but when it comes to get your ideas to the next level, things get tough.

Nowadays, we may not be able to see most things because we leave our minds elsewhere, if I do say so myself. However, I don’t appreciate missing an opportunity to wonder every tiny aspect of the world. I look around and I see teenagers just like me. Boys, girls, all between the same age range. I think of how many have the power in their hearts to standout but won’t because they are afraid or because they weren’t given the means to do it. I walk to school every day hoping to step on some kind of occasion like this project to change my life.

We all are interconnected beings. We live each day full of need and faith, pain and hope, friends and love. We all should possess the equal value of life. Although some aren’t capable of facing struggle, others live to be their saviour. We need to start worrying, we have to start acting. In my opinion, “My Europe” will eventually end up being more than an idea of connecting Europe’s youth. It will be seen as the next big step towards change. Truth is, few things get me this much excited. This is something I would absolutely be thrilled to be a part of.


About the author:
Luisa Moreira
Luisa Moreira

Luisa Moreira (17, from Portugal) attended My Europe’s Lisbon Workshop in November 2014. She believes writing is the best way to make the most out of everything.

“For me, Europe is an open-minded society that supports self-improvement. It is a space where you can easily find a reason to be greater every single day.”


Europe Still Popular in Ireland!

Irish girl holding up "My Europe" pin, Spotlight Europe
Europe still popular in Ireland? (Picture: “My Europe” Workshop in Dublin, 2014)

It might come as a bit of a surprise but Europe is still popular in Ireland! Certainly the financial and economic difficulties of the last few years have presented huge challenges for the Irish government and Irish society. There have been job losses, emigration and cuts in living standards that have affected almost all Irish families. Who was to blame for all this- maybe Europe? For some people in Ireland the answer to this question is yes. Some doubt that Ireland has really been shown the ‘solidarity’ that EU leaders pretend. However, away from the heat and noise of current politics, something much deeper and more important has survived the crises of the last few years: the idea that Ireland belongs in Europe. Indeed, Ireland in many ways has become more European in recent years thanks to the greater diversity of our communities with many families now having connections with the countries of Central Europe.

Dr. Murdock giving a speech in front of students in Dublin 2014, Spotlight Europe
Dr. Murdock during a “My Europe” Workshop session in Dublin, 2014

My perspective on all this is from the vantage point of running an undergraduate programme in European Studies at Trinity College Dublin. This programme is very attractive to students with stiff competition for places. We have Irish students from different regions and backgrounds and also students from various European countries in the programme. Students come to study two European languages, and to study European history and politics. It is not a programme that focuses narrowly on understanding current European affairs or the institutions of the EU. Rather, it offers students the chance to learn and think about Europe’s literatures, histories and cultures as well as its sociology and economics. Students also spend one year of their four-year programme in a partner university in one of seven European countries. Students are also encouraged to develop their own research projects as well as pass examinations!

When I ask students why they decided to choose European Studies for their degree- they do not reply by speaking about current politics. Rather, their answers reflect on something much more important- the understanding that their futures and the future of Ireland will be found in engagement with the rest of Europe and the wider world. Ireland is a small country on the north-western margins of an extraordinary and diverse Continent. Students appreciate that to thrive in the new Europe they need to learn European languages, to learn about the cultures and histories and traditions of Europe, and to understand the Europe of today in the context of its rich, diverse and complex past.

There are always reasons to be concerned about the future but working at a university like Trinity is a wonderful antidote to pessimism. I get the privilege to work with a new generation of talented, hard-working and (yes!) ambitious students who look out with confidence from Dublin across a Continent that they call home. Students from around Europe are welcome to join us!

For more information about the study courses, please visit: www.tcd.ie/European_Studies/. All the information about how to apply can be found here www.tcd.ie/academicregistry/admissions/.

About the author:
Graeme Murdock, Spotlight Europe
Graeme Murdock – Author at Spotlight Europe

Graeme Murdock is Associate Professor of Modern History and Director of the Centre for European Studies at Trinity College Dublin.

Meet With My Teacher


My name is Selina and I attend the local grammar school. I have conducted an interview with Jeannie. Jeannie is in her last year before graduation and took on the difficult and challenging task of setting up and teaching her very own class.

Most of us are already overwhelmed by the enormous amounts of exams, additional courses, presentations and reading we have to do in order to successfully master the high level of education we are thankfully receiving. But not Jeannie, who is not only an impeccable pupil but also extensively engages in Swiss politics and now decided to pass on her knowledge by teaching her self-established extra curricular class.

The idea behind it all is extraordinarily simple but unique: Jeannie’s subject is called “Think Tank” and focuses on current events worldwide, news issues, political elections and generically speaking Swiss politics. The aim of the course is to spark discussions between the students, improve our general knowledge and grasp the news of the world.

Surprisingly enough it’s the first of its kind at our school and in my opinion it was high time us students were provided with such a platform, for the demand was numerous.

As part of the student body in her class I acquired a broad spectrum of mainly political but also economical, cultural and social inputs.

The following interview provides further insight into “Think Tank”:

Selina: How and why did you come up with the idea to offer a subject at our school?

Jeannie: I’ve always been interested in politics, and then I was given the chance to join the “Youth Council for the Future” and after the “Get2Gather” weekend I spent in Frankfurt in 2013, I was so excited to know that there were young people all over Europe, also interested in politics, dedicated, and so eager to wanting to change something. That’s I came back to school and I was hit by reality; not a lot of people know what goes on in the world, especially young people at my school. But it’s probably not because they’re not interested, but because they don’t have access to newspapers and the necessary information. Then I asked Mr. Aegeter (a history teacher at the school) if there is was possibility of having some sort of discussions at our school and he was very enthusiastic about it and further encouraged me. He helped me to realize the project and it all worked out thanks to his approval. How I got the idea is simple; it makes me sad to see young people just concerned about going out and all the superficiality, they really don’t know how things work. Especially in Zurich we have this huge historical background of the Eighties where all the rebellions and riots of teenagers ruled the city and I asked myself what had changed since then. That is why I tried to offer something from my perspective as a teenager to peers.

Selina: I see. How did you prepare for the individual lessons?

Jeannie: First of all I had to come up with a topic, which had to be interesting and topical, and I really tried to link it with the visitors we had. Young representatives from all major Swiss political parties came to introduce their political viewpoints. With that I tried to present a political subject which is also on their respective political agenda to further talk about in class to evoke a debate and encourage discussions. For example in of the first lessons we dealt with the IS, a matter unfortunately very relevant, where we read a recently published article. I tried to always read the newspaper and if I saw something I could possibly bring in, I took it with me, I researched, I read books and I think in that aspect it was like a normal teacher prepares his/her lessons.

Selina: Exactly. So what did you expect from your students? And did they meet your expectations?

Jeannie: Naturally, I was really curious, because I didn’t know at all how they would react and I was so positively surprised. For instance, sometimes when I struggled, when I wasn’t that well prepared or things were really difficult to explain or understand, they patiently listened and were attentive. Or sometimes I thought for sure the topic we were talking about lacked interestingness and I looked at their faces and they were still looking at me, following me and that overall was such a good positive feedback. Therefore I had solely good experiences with my students, which has ever since also encouraged me, it isn’t really the teenager’s disinterest it is more a question of how to get to the information.

Selina: What was your goal to teach the students?

Jeannie: My goal was to give them some sort of an idea and also to show that politics and world conflicts aren’t all that complicated, it just appears to be complicated and complex because doctors and professionals are always talking in shop language, using conceited and pretentious words. They have so much knowledge but it’s really not that difficult. That was my goal; to show you don’t have to be highly intelligent to be interested.

Selina: And did you achieve this goal?

Jeannie smiles: I hope so, well that is maybe a question for you to answer

Selina thinks: (Jeannie certainly achieved her goal. To this day I remain in disbelieve and great respect for what she has taught us as a teacher, as well as a student, carrying out both roles with excellent bravery.)

Selina: So as you said you’ve had a very positive experience with your “Freifach”. Would you therefore recommend other students to follow your example?

Jeannie: Yes of course, it’s a great experience! It also comes with a lot of work, but it is very rewarding. You know, if you do it like I did, with lots of visitors, you don’t have to prepare as many lessons all on your own. It admittedly needs a certain amount of courage; to stand in front of other people is not what everybody is used to or likes to. But I was reassured because, as you know I’m also an activist at the young socialists and there it’s essential to be able to give speeches. Plus, I know that the system of students teaching students works very well. Nevertheless maybe if somebody isn’t courageous enough to do it all by himself it is helpful to do it in a collective, as a small group or with a slightly varied structure, to perhaps have a weakly read of the newspaper together or similar.

Selina: Would you propose to do introduce analog classes or projects all around Europe, perhaps even as mandatory classes?

Jeannie: Definitely, it is, in Switzerland especially important because we vote almost every month and that’s why it is essential that we are educated about complex issues in our country and the world generally. For example: often times you see a commercial advertising this or that and you think it’s straightforward, but the ambiguity lies much deeper. The causes, and also the solutions aren’t just easy. For that reason it’s useful to have a broad knowledge of what’s going on around you. I firmly believe it would be in every school’s interest to have student discussions and the like.

Selina: Do you want to go further with your teaching; would you like to continue it?

Jeannie: I don’t know. To be honest teacher is not the occupation I am aiming for, but I truly enjoyed the experience and maybe I’ll get back to it in the far away future. It is always something to keep in mind.

Selina: What are your plans for the future then?

Jeannie: I find that the world as of right now, is an extremely unfair and unjust place and maybe it’s naïve but right now, If I could choose, I would like to work with NGO’s and go into politics to try to change the world because I think it is just too easy to say “well I don’t care about all those things!” I want to stay in current affairs and politics for the time being.

Selina: Hence I take it you want to have a political impact, do you have a message for Europe’s politicians?

Jeannie: Referring back to the young people, the youth, it’s to provide them with information and educate them and to encourage them to get informed. Unfortunately it’s the characteristics of our generation to go through life narrow-minded and stuck in our “bubbles”. We are used to this luxury of having it all, we can’t imagine not to maintain the present wealth and opulence. That’s not how it can work, I mean if everything is fine, you can live in your bubble but one day when the façade starts to crumble, you really have to start to make up your mind and start to think for yourself. We are at a point right now where we are in a crisis and that’s why it’s so important to involve the youth in politics.

About the interviewer and interviewee:
Jeannie Coco Schneider, Spotlight Europe

Jeannie and Selina go to the local grammar school in Zurich. Jeannie (18) participated in the “My Europe” Workshop in Zurich in 2013. More