Youth Voices into Climate Policy!
DEAL with it! is a EU Youth Project to strengthen young people to actively engage in climate policy. The goal is to strengthen their knowledge and experience on climate change, sustainability and climate policy, in an exchange with climate policy experts from the fields of politics, science and civil society. They are critically reflecting political processes and formulate demands towards EU representatives.
DEAL with it!
...brings youth into exchange with experts, politicians and civil society activists
...strengthens their knowledge on the EU Green Deal and political structures of the EU
...enables critical reflection of processes of international/European climate policy
...offers a small contribution to finding solutions to the climate and sustainability crisis
...creates visibility for voices and perspectives that are often missed out in the climate debate
In the first project phase, all partners conduct Living Libraries in their countries. In the online Living Libraries, young participants have the opportunity to engage with and ask questions to living books, which are experts in sustainability, the SDGs, climate change and climate policy.
A delegation of 4-6 youth from each country will then participate in the following phases, to develop visions and demands. These will be handed to EU politicians in the context of the Czech Presidency of the European Council. Finally, their visions and demands will also be made available to a broader public via an online exhibition.
Public summit on EU policy making for a sustainable future for all
Climate change and the sustainability crisis are existential threats for Europe and the World. We need an ecological and social turnaround! With the European Green Deal the EU member states are committed to turning the EU into a climate neutral continent by 2050 and to implement the Agenda 2030 and its 17 Goals for Sustainable Development. However, to bring these concepts into action politicians need to listen to youth voices.
At a public summit young people from Austria, Czech Republic, Germany and Hungary have the opportunity to present and further discuss their point of view on the current situation we are facing with the climate crisis. During the previous events they reflected on relevant issues and political processes. They formulated demands that political representatives should have in mind to create a sustainable and inclusive future for all. With creative and participatory methods, they elaborated a Youth Declaration. To raise awareness and to guarantee the deserved recognition, the students hand over their Youth Declaration to EU politicians, National political representatives and the public in the course of a summit within the Czech EU presidency in Brno on 14th Oct 2022.
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The public summit was organized in the frame of a three-days Workshop of the Youth delegation from 13th -15th October 2022 in the Kapraluv mlyn Environmental Education Centre.
What are young people’s expectations policy makers have to #DEAL with?
This is what policy makers could find out when the young delegations from Hungary, Austria, Czech Republic and Germany presented their declaration on 14th of October 2022 during the Public Summit in Brno. Their demands and envisions on topics like sustainability through social justice, mobility, economy, education as well as transformation of policy making not only impressed the attending policy makers Oldrich Sklenar, David Oplatek, Ladislav Miko and Ernst Holzinger but also made them discuss the implementation of these demands in their political fields on regional, nationwide and EU levels with the engaged students. As Holzinger emphasized: “We already have to deal with it!” The politicians made clear that the young delegation’s declaration must be presented to a broad public in order to enable policy makers to make use of it. The declaration itself is the result of a participatory process of the delegations of the four nations taking part in the EU project during the year.
After the official part of the meeting in Brno, Kapraluv Mlyn, the young participants had the chance to take part in discussions in two open space sessions. They argued about topics like how to decrease the social gaps, sustainable consumption, power dynamics, spreading awareness and energy supply. During the 3 days’ stay in Kapraluv Mlyn and Brno the delegations had the opportunity to enjoy the spectacular location in the middle of the impressive countryside and in the amazing city centre of Brno and to get to know more about the participants of the other delegations.
Next step of DEAL with it! will be the online exhibition on 15th of December when the declaration will be presented to the public.
Coordinator of "DEAL with it!" at EPiZ:
Tel: +49 (0)1520 4450449