Speech in European Commission
Pollinator Ambassadors as EU stakeholders
Location: Brussels, Belgium
Date: September 2019
Partnering Orzanization: Directorate- General ENV
How we help:
Fighting for Accessible Funding
Connected with EU Policy Makers
Speaking up for Change Makers in Need
On September 6th, 2019, Nadine Schuller and Nynke Blömer spoke at the Directorate General Environment (DG-ENV) of the European Commission in Brussels on the topic of small grants for biodiversity projects.
Through our presentation and engagement with the European Commission DG-Environment, we have shown that it is possible for young people to reach out to policy makers and demand change.
Enabling Change Makers
As young beekeepers and conservationists, we have encountered many hurdles to protect biodiversity. Because of these experiences, we make it our mission to make the field of biodiversity conservation more accessible, especially at the local level.
Creating impact through more accessible funding
Young people, and women in particular, face many barriers to make a sustainable living from nature-based work. Governments and organisations set countless targets to halt biodiversity loss, and much of the work on the ground is carried out by unpaid interns and volunteers. Despite having a university degree, many young people cannot get stable employment in the nature based industry. Beyond being a wider societal issue, there are hurdles which could be overcome by EU level policy. For instance, the introduction of small, accessible grants for individuals making a positive impact for biodiversity.