European Youth For Action
EYFA grew from a tour that was initiated by Swedish/German/Dutch group in 1986 to save the old forests in Europe, and it was then named European Youth Forest Action. From this beginning, it developed into a platform for grassroots, collectives, organizations, projects and individuals active on environmental and social justice issues all around Europe. One of EYFA's founders was Dutch activist Wam Kat. By 1994, the group had grown to over 400 affiliates across Europe. Its early goal was "to promote co-operation and co-ordination of youth environmentalists on an international level; to integrate issues of environment and development on a global level".
The group was organized as a "loose network" of youth action groups without "formal membership or membership fees" and "very basic nonbureaucratic structures". EYFA's environmentalist perspective is characterized by a grassroots orientation and by its view that most environmental problems are also a question of social and economic injustice. EYFA works to challenge the mainstream economic system and promotes what it sees as socially and environmentally sound ways of living.
EYFA receives funding from various organizations including the European Union to organize its projects and events. The United Nations Department of Economic and Social Affairs has described EYFA as a "major group".
Opposition to the "car culture"Edit
EYFA opposes the car culture and proposes alternatives to reliance on cars for transportation. It publishes "energetic, information-packed" publications about the car-free movement.  The group organized anti-car demonstrations in Lyon, France in 1997, that involved protesters and passersby "dancing in the street" to demand that car use be brought under control.
EYFA developed the Ecorates system as an alternative currency system which promotes economic fairness over the European national borders. The group says that EcoRates are not based on simple currency exchange rates, but rather on a hypothetical basket of goods, designed to permit people from less affluent eastern European countries to participate at events in the west.
Opposition to nuclear powerEdit
Opposition to coal-fired power plantsEdit
In 2009, EYFA collaborated with Earth First! and Friends of the Earth to run a training camp near the Belgian-Dutch border to teach organizers how to blockade coal-fired power plants, which the groups called the "cause of the climate crisis".
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