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8 INTERVIEW Stien | Belgium E2C: Could you provide some background with regards to the reasons and origin of the protest movement/ other types of activism your protested in? I’m an active member of the Youth for Nature and Environment in Flanders (Belgium). We focus on nature study, nature conservation and environmental education. For me, being part of this youth movement, it is a kind of lifestyle. Making sustainable, local and ecological decisions regarding food, clothes, mobility and energy. Recently I’m focusing on food production and consumption. The contradiction between 15 % of the world population who starves and 1.3 billion tons of food that is thrown away before it reaches the consumers is my main incentive to buy as much food as possible local, biological and directly from the farmer. Then there *Dumpster diving, commonly referred to in the UK and many parts of Europe as totting,[1] skipping, skip diving or skip salvage,[2] is a popular form of modern salvaging of waste in large commercial, residential, industrial and construction containers to find items that have been discarded by their owners, but that may prove useful to the picker. It is not confined to dumpsters specifically, and may cover standard household waste containers, landfills or small dumps. (source: Wikipedia) E xchange to change M ay 2017 is also a large amount of food thrown away in supermarkets, when the expiry date approaches, this is why I dumpster dive*. E2C: What was the impact of the protest movement? The nature of my protest is local, but I believe that united forces on different levels can trigger change, due to inspiration and collaboration. I want to contribute to a sustainable and environmental- friendly society. Respecting the planet we live on, respecting people from the North and the South, to live a valuable life without restricting the chances and possibilities of current and future generations. This is why communication and networking with other committed people is very important. E2C: How did you get involved in this movement? When I turned 18, I joined the Youth for Nature and Environment. Two years ago I was chairwoman of the Working Group on Environment at the Flemish level and member of the Board of Directors. This year I’m coordinator of our summer congress. We will focus on the lack of space and the tradeoff between nature, agriculture and space for housing. litigation volunteer grassroot direct lobbying letter writing