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Just a transition? No Green Society without Social Justice!

Transition to carbon-neutral society is a necessary and inevitable economic and political process. The question is: how just this process will be?

The Young Greens strive to see a transition to the carbon neutral society while at the same time making sure that the structural obstacles for marginalised groups are being diminished. Just transition is not only an energy transition, but the transition to the democratic and inclusive society where everyone is fulfilling their rights. In order to ensure young people’s say in the political processes leading to a carbon-neutral just society, FYEG is organising a year long project aiming to:

1. Explore the social dimension of the transition to a carbon-neutral society and its correlation with young people’s access to human and social rights in both urban and rural contexts.

2. Identify the legal and civic participation mechanisms in place that can foster the socially just transition to carbon-neutral society.

3. Equip young people with skills to take an active part in decision-making processes toward a socially just carbon-neutral society on local, national and international level.

4. Build a common vision for just transition that ensures a sustainable and socially just Europe by 2050, taking local and regional specificities into account.

 

Project background

Recently, the European Parliament agreed on the goals to reduce our greenhouse gas emissions by 55% compared to 1990 levels by 2030 and to achieve zero-carbon economy in 2050 at the latest. However, no current plan to achieve these goals satisfactorily integrates the social and human rights dimension of this transition. If transition towards carbon-neutral society fails to address the aspects of social justice, it will disproportionately affect different groups of people - particularly young people and minorities.

Therefore, we need mechanisms to ensure that the transition we so much want to see will be young people-powered and young people-oriented. In 2020, we want to seize the momentum for creating a common European vision and ensure our say in a just transition process while actively addressing creation of conditions for gender minorities, women, young people and racial or ethnic minorities to thrive within the transition.

Therefore, the project activities ranging from workshops to seminars, field trips, conferences etc. will also form a foundation for a joint vision and produce a concrete set of actions to enhance youth participation in important decisions on mobility, infrastructure and food production while reflecting on the different contexts of urban and rural living.

 

PROJECT ACTIVITIES

 

SEMINAR: It is not just a transition: Youth in Cities

This international seminar will focus on and take place in an urban environment. We will explore what implications the transition towards a carbon-neutral society might have on social and human rights in an urban setting, and how young people can shape this process just without leaving anyone behind.

The seminar will bring 45 young people together to learn about the social aspects of a just transition and place them in a human rights framework, with a special focus on the role and potential of cities to move towards a carbon-neutral, inclusive and socially just society.

We will (1) analyze how the design of urban infrastructure, such as transportation systems and public spaces, affect access to young people’s rights by learning about different cases and struggles in various parts of Europe; (2) explore existing formal and informal initiatives for youth participation in shaping their cities - such as citizens advisory councils as well as urban gardening, squatting, food cooperatives and (3) develop advocacy and campaigning skills to influence authorities to take concrete steps toward a just transition.

Dates: 21-25 April 2020 (TBC)

Duration: 5 working days (excluding travel)

Location: city, TBC

Working language: English

Number of people: 45

 

CALL FOR PREP-TEAM (DECEMBER 20)

CALL FOR PARTICIPANTS (JANUARY 2020)

 

SUMMERCAMP: It is not just a transition: Youth in Rural Areas

Summercamp will gather 60 young people and will focus on the rural environment. It will incorporate a comparative approach building on the first activity, to learn about the similarities and differences in struggles for young people in a rural versus urban context. The summercamp facilitates a space for young people to gain knowledge about the social aspects of a transition to a carbon-neutral society in a rural context and to gain campaigning skills to engage others with their vision.

During the summercamp, we will (1) explore how access to hard (e.g transport system) and soft infrastructure (e.g institutions) in rural areas correlates with young people’s access to rights, community resilience, inclusion of minorities and gender equality, (2) support young people’s involvement in reclaiming access to their fundamental rights - to food and water - by providing a platform to exchange with organised rural youth, young farmers, agricultural cooperatives and the right to water initiatives, (3) explore and exchange good examples and use of legal and civic mechanisms in various European contexts that involve youth in rural decision-making processes in relation to access to their rights and (4) equip young people with advocacy and dialogue skills for them to organize outreach activities at their local level that encourage young people’s active participation in local life.

Date: 20-25 July 2020 (TBC)

Duration: 6 working days (excluding travel)

Location: countryside, TBC

Working language: English

Number of people: 60

 

CALL FOR PREP-TEAM

CALL FOR PARTICIPANTS

 

CONFERENCE: Green Principles for a JUST Transition

This conference is a two and a half days gathering of 80 people that will include elements of a seminar, public conference and training in its program. The final part of the program will be open for public and will gather various stakeholders of the Just transition - from the Young Gerens, environmental NGOs, think-thanks, social justice and environmental justice advocates to other international youth organisations, political party youth organisations, Green Parties and Members of the European Parliament.

The Conference will be a platform for finalising, adopting and presenting the ,,Green Principles for Just Transition'' - our vision on how to ensure a socially just transition, particularly focusing on young people and the importance of their involvement in decision-making in this process, leading up to 2050.

Date: 27-29 November 2020

Duration: 2,5 working days

Location: Brussels, Belgium

Working language: English

Number of people: 80

 

CALL FOR PREP-TEAM

CALL FOR PARTICIPANTS

 

 

This project is supported by the European Youth Foundation of Council of Europe.