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We strive to include young people, because their vision will shape Europe in the next decades!
What is your vision for the future? What do you think needs to be done to protect people and the environment in Europe? We want to open the discussions to all the youth who are interested in environmental and social justice but feel like their voice is not heard and can’t express themselves in society. We are collecting young people’s vision on the future of Europe to know better and defend better their values, struggles, ideas and views. We also want to hear what you think of urgent European topics and policies that influence them, such as the European Green Deal.
What’s the deal with the European Green Deal (EGD)?
In December 2019, the European Commission (EC) presented the European Green Deal (EGD), a “new growth strategy” consisting of a broad and ambitious roadmap aiming to “transform the EU into a fair and prosperous society, with a modern, resource-efficient and competitive economy”. It’s main aim is to “make Europe the first climate-neutral continent by 2050, boosting the economy, improving people’s health and quality of life, caring for nature, and leaving no one behind”.
Plans under the Green Deal include:
- A new European Climate Law (the first draft was published in March 2020)
- A 50-55% cut in greenhouse gas emissions by 2030 (previously 40%)
- A circular economy action plan
- A flagship building renovation programme
- A new biodiversity strategy to tackle deforestation, soil and water pollution
- A healthier agricultural system, with reduced use of chemical pesticides, fertilisers and antibiotics
- A low-carbon transport sector, with more electric vehicles and hybrid fuels
Source: Press Release on ec.europa.eu
Submit your vision through this questionnaire!
System Reset: what is it?
We are part of a pan-European project, led by Friends of the Earth groups in Malta, Ireland, Denmark, Estonia, North Macedonia, Cyprus, Spain, Croatia and Austria. Our aim is to build platforms across Europe to bring young people from under-represented communities into multi-levelled decision-making and build strong, collective visions for a socially just and ecologically sound future. We strive for intersectionality and inclusiveness.
If you want to learn more about ongoing Young Friends of the Earth events, visit their page.
This project has been funded with support from the European Commission. This webpage reflects the views only of the author, and the Commission cannot be held responsible for any use which may be made of the information contained therein.
This project is co-financed by the Ministry for Education and Employment (MEDE) and the Parliamentary Secretary for Youth, Sport and Voluntary Organisations.