A call for the fourth consecutive year aims to consolidate a day of Mediterranean youth committed to the environment.
The initiative, which has the sponsorship of the Mediterranean Citizens’ Assembly Foundation (FACM) is part of Young Mediterranean Ctizens Atellier (AJCM) and promotes a collective action of committed young people throughout the Mediterranean . This edition participated the ACM Circles of Beirut, Tirana, Podgorica, Marseille, Rabat, Casablanca, Larache and Tunisia.
One more year, the ACM Foundation has supported the Mediterranean Youth Day as a result of its commitment to the defense of the environment. On April 27, the young people of many Mediterranean countries staged an important joint action to clean beaches in order to call attention to the urgent need to protect one of the most polluted and populated seas in the world. The 2019 edition has been organized by the French entity Tétes de l’Art in collaboration with the ACM Foundation, the ACM Circle of Marseille, the association Citoyennes de la Terre, and the association 15-38 Méditerrrannée. The project has been sponsored by the French region of Provence sur-Alpes-Côte d’Azur and the FACM.
Born in 2014, this edition aims that the action goes beyond the simple call of attention on the pollution of the beaches. It is proposed that the date of April 27 be a reference for the commitment of the Mediterranean youth to the defense of the environment and against climate change. Throughout that day, hundreds of young people from different countries have contributed to make the beaches of their cities more livable and clean, but they have also shared workshops, have known the work of local associations dedicated to the protection of the environment and have known young people from other countries in the Mediterranean basin with their same concerns.
The first day was held in 2016, promoted by the ACM Circle of Marseille, which mobilized young people from Tunisia and Nice. It was a symbolic action that from the first moment had the support of the ACM Foundation. The next edition was much more ambitious and the FACM Circles network allowed to extend the initiative, from the citizenship, to all the confines of the Mediterranean.
Cooperation and mainstreaming has continued to characterize this initiative, which this year has marked its objective: to maintain time as a day of Mediterranean youth in defense of the environment.
Young people from north, south and east of the Mediterranean have contributed their commitment and collective work. In addition, complementary activities such as theater, citizen journalism or audiovisual workshops have strengthened awareness of the environment and the future of the peoples of the Mediterranean.