Meetup Spotlight: People’s Climate Movement Barcelona

As the capital of the Catalonia region, and the second largest city in Spain, Barcelona thrives as one of the world’s most captivating cities.

Between its vibrant architecture, its flavorful cuisine, and its dynamic culture, it’s no wonder that this Mediterranean city is home to over 50% of all Meetup groups in Spain.

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We recently had the opportunity to interview Yve Ramirez, co-organizer and founding member of the People’s Climate Movement Barcelona Meetup group which is a stand out within the Community & Environment category.

As its description states, it’s an “inclusive, horizontal, peaceful, creative & positive grassroots movement, coordinated by 350 BCN, a local action group from 350.org.” Their meetings range from movie screenings, to marches, to workshops on sustainability and Twitter discussions on the importance of climate action.

Meetup: Tell me about the mission of the People’s Climate Movement Barcelona.

Yve: Sure! This Meetup group is a part of 350.org, a global grassroots movement in over 188 countries. Our chapter is looking to propel a movement against climate change, starting with Barcelona, and working with our global partners to spread the mission around the planet. Through the Meetup group, we’ve been able to promote our activities and actions further than our usual membership. Our message relates to the reduction of CO2 emissions, and most importantly, the need for citizen actions in all levels to achieve a change in our global economic and social model.

Meetup: How long have you been the co-organizer of the People’s Climate Movement Barcelona Meetup group?

Yve: We created the group on November 8th, 2014 and I’ve been the co-organizer of the group ever since. So far, we’ve hosted 14 different Meetups, which may not seem like much, but we put a lot of effort into hosting events that are impactful and educational, which can often take a lot of planning.

Meetup: What has been your favorite part, so far, of your role as the co-organizer of  the group?

Yve: It’s been so interesting to see how our Meetup group really reflects the mix of cultures that make up Barcelona. Our Meetups bring out people of all ages and walks of life, and that’s the beauty of it. We’re all here for one cause and that’s to improve the way in which we treat our planet.

Meetup: Has there been a particular moment that has made it all worth it?

Yve: It’s always worth it, but I think one of the most beautiful moments for me was the premiere of This Changes Everything, a documentary produced by Avi Levis and inspired on the book of the same name by Naomi Klein. Although we were only hosting a screening of the movie, a group of members coordinated a dialogue at the end of the film. I guess you could say that the Meetup helped as a real “conversation starter,” which turned out to be a valuable discussion.

Meetup: Meetup has been making conscious efforts for international growth through the localization of our platform in seven different languages and expanding international support. Can you tell us more about the reception of your Meetup group in Barcelona?

Yve: I think it’s been great. The group has served as a great source of new attendees for our activities. It serves to say that, in particular, it has been ideal for connecting with people who have just arrived in Barcelona and who are looking to connect with others who share their interest for the environment, which has been fantastic. Meetup helps to facilitate their transition into the city and also allows them to find activities in Barcelona that they enjoyed in their previous home city.

Meetup: Now that your Meetup group is almost a year old, where would you like to see it go?

Yve: We’d like to grow, grow, grow so that every day we have more citizens who are actively engaging in climate action and who are committed to a clean future that’s safe for all global citizens.

Meetup: Finally, do you have any advice for organizers who are just starting out?

Yve: Give your Meetup group an attractive name and make your Meetup group unique. Enrich the group with images, videos, but most importantly, conversation. Update your group between Meetups and once one is finished, be sure to share photos, respond to comments, and generate activity within the group to keep your members engaged.

Meetup: Moltíssimes gràcies, Yve. We truly appreciate and admire your mission to build a community around climate action in Barcelona.

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Juan Leguizamón
Juan is a Community Specialist at Meetup and he enjoys helping Meetup members create positive, sustainable change in their communities, so he is stoked to be part of the Community Team. When he’s not at Meetup HQ, you can find him exploring the city and its many coffee shops, watching Florida State football, or dancing along to his iPod while waiting for the subway.