Nick Meynen

Nick Meynen

https://nickmeynen.wordpress.com/

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Role

Communicator

Quote

"Be the change you want to see in this world."

Who are you?

I mostly write, talk and act to make the change I want to see in this world. That means combining work on international environmental justice projects with freelance writing of articles and books, giving courses and keynote presentations, organising a march, volunteer activism and practicing as much as possible from what I preach. I look at the bigger picture through the lenses of geography, history and journalism and see a ratrace between the currently dominant neoliberal economic paradigm and the worlds of the degrowth, transition, peer-to-peer and other movements that try to grow out of their niche. That clash won't decide the fate of this earth (earth will survive), but the fate of humanity.

Why are you part of Generation T?

Nick Davis once said: if A tells you: it rains. And B tells you: the sun shines. What should a journalist do? Give both sides of the story? No. You go outside, check who is right and write about the truth. I would add: and then you write about why the other one was lying. What drives me is a quest for truth and also a quest for justice. There are at least 1600 good reasons to fight for environmental justice (see ejatlas.org to find them) and I'm pretty sure to learn more good reasons from the people in this network. I love exchanging knowledge on issues I care about.

A specific example on how your project or activities make a difference and initiate change:

For the EJOLT project I wrote blogs and helped activists to get their conflict on the global atlas of environmental justice. In some cases, that made a huge difference on the ground. In one case, I published a blog about Brussels watching Montenegro in an obvious case on injustice - which was translated and mentioned in several regional media in MOntenegro and caused the release of the illegally jailed activist. I've also launched a few public debates with political letters to national leaders. My reporting has sometimes led to questions in parliament - such as after my reporting on the carbon credit fraud.