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Follow Up - Youth Dialogue zum European Green Deal

  • Vor einiger Zeit habe ich darüber berichtet, dass ich am Youth Dialogue zum European Green Deal des IEEP (Institue for European Environmental Policy) in der EU Kommission in Brüssel teilgenommen habe.

     

     

    Da die meisten Teilnehmenden mit dem Ausgang des Workshops sehr unzufrieden waren, haben sich fünf von uns - das sind Franziska Pezzei aus Österreich, Nick Fitzpatrick aus Schweden, Joris Overmeer aus den Niederlanden, Konstantin Schwarz aus Deutschland und ich - zusammengetan, um einen Follow Up Brief zum Thema Jugendbeiteligung in Umwelt- und Klimafragen national und auf EU-Ebene zu schreiben.

    An dem Workshop hatte uns insbesondere gestört, dass dieser offiziell darauf abzielte, die Meinung von young professionals aus der ganzen EU zum Green Deal einzuholen und deren Sichtweise einzuarbeiten. Faktisch lief es aber so ab, dass wir kaum Zeit hatten, um Meinungen überhaupt zu formulieren (zu einem immerhin sehr komplexen und vielschichtigen Thema) und dass die EU Officials, die sich unsere Ergebnisse anhören und dazu reflektieren sollten, lediglich floskelhaft die üblichen Phrasen zur hohen Relevanz von Jugenbeteiligung zum Besten gegeben haben, ohne auf das einzugehen, was uns wichtig war. Somit haben wir faktsich nichts zum Thema beitragen können.

    Wir, die Verfasser des Briefes, sind der Meinung, dass die Jugend ein kaum zu überschätzendes Potenzial an Wissen, Energie und Engagement mitbringt. Vor allem verfügen wir jungen Leute über Visionen und den Mut, auch andere als die üblichen Wege zu gehen. Deshalb wollen wir erreichen, dass der Weg weg von solchen Veranstaltungen wie der zum Green Deal und hin zu echter Jugendbeteiligung führt, damit die Generationen, die die Entscheidungen von heute angehen, diese auch mit treffen können. Unter dem Stichwort "Stop Youthwashing", haben wir deshalb den folgenden Brief an alle Generaldirektionen der EU Kommission, an Frans Timmermans und einige Officials aus den Bereichen Umwelt und Jugend gesendet. Unterstützt wurden wir von 10 weiteren Teilnehmer:innen des Youth Dialogues, deren Namen und Organisationen unter dem Brief augeführt sind.

     

    Proposal for better youth involvement in EU decision-making

    Dear Sir/Madam, 

    on 28-29 January 2020, the European Commission’s DG-ENVI supported by IEEP held a 1.5 day workshop titled a ‘Dialogue with Young Europeans on the European Green Deal’. Key objectives included giving young Europeans a space to share their experiences with representatives of other member states and to offer suggestions to strengthen the existing Green Deal. 

    This workshop was a one-off attempt to engage the European youth in a meaningful dialogue. It is only one example for a deeply rooted lack of proper lasting consideration of intergenerational equity in EU environmental policy and decision-making and consistent engagement of the youth in policy processes. With this letter, we wish to address this issue and propose a constructive way forward. 

     1. The importance of youth participation 

    According to the Green Deal, we want to make sure that every EU citizen is included in a proactive and meaningful way. This includes all EU youth. Youth have imagination. Youth demonstrate leadership. Youth are knowledgeable and bring innovative ideas to the table. Youth are experts in their given field. They are young professionals, educators, caretakers, politicians, scientists, activists and the next generation of entrepreneurs. Youth have a vastly underappreciated knowledge base to draw upon when designing the future society. Most importantly, youth actively question the status quo. This is all the more reason to structurally include youth in the decision-making process. 

    Whenever we speak of a green transition, one must remember that youth have the most to gain but also the most to lose. We will live longest in a world determined by present decision-makers (in)action. You cannot build the future without those who will be living in it. The perfect time to change that is now. We deserve to be given a voice AND the power to design our collective futures. A future that is diverse, healthy, inclusive and within planetary boundaries.

    2. Stop Youthwashing! 

    Youthwashing = the action to involve youth participants in decision-making processes or using young people physically or narratively in campaigns in the political and corporate sector for marketing purposes 

    The issue we wish to raise is process-related and the lack of intergenerational equity embedded within high-level decision-making processes

    It is easy to superficially acknowledge youth importance in the form of a speech or short workshop (like for example the EU officials who attended the Green Deal youth dialogue did), but meaningful engagement requires a continuous and full-time commitment. 

    Intergenerational dialogues with high-level decision makers are imperative for co- creating an equitable future. There is no doubt that these need to continue on a regular 

    basis. However, if such dialogues are to be meaningful, the general approach needs to change. The way we co-create legislation needs to change. The way we perceive other groups in society needs to change, be it youth or otherwise. The pressing need to include intergenerational equity is clear. Now is the time to act and embed intergenerational equity at the heart of all legislation, including the Green Deal. 

    3. Driving Change - Intergenerational Equity, Justice and Solidarity 

    The youth of today are well educated on issues from climate science to policy design and communication. We know the processes: we are volunteers, we are employees, we are national youth climate delegates and the next generation of policy makers. To be fully recognized and supported by EU-wide frameworks, we need formalised space for youth to communicate their views and positions being on a par, and to make real youth engagement in EU and international policy processes the rule instead of the exception. Let’s allow young people to be decision-makers. 

    This would include: 

    • Recognition of future generations’ rights to a world that is diverse, healthy, inclusive and within planetary boundaries – intergenerational equity needs to be enshrined in every relevant legislation, starting with the EGD and the climate law so that youthwashing practice becomes impossible by making it unlawful. 
    • Future generations’ Ombudsmen on European and national level with an advisory position on all relevant decisions that cannot be left out in decision-making. 
    • Whenever a new advisory body or the like is established in the respective context, intergenerational equity needs to be one of the benchmarks against which it drafts its recommendations, if not a youth representative is included in person. 
    • Education - tackle the youth employment challenge by increasing the focus of vocational training towards green jobs between 2020-2030. 
    • Generation test - all policy proposals, delegated acts and projects with a component of physical intervention of the environment should be thoroughly proofed against their potential impact on all future generations - living up to the credo ‘do no harm’ we shall also minimize the burden of decisions made today for societies of tomorrow. 

    Now is the time to ramp up meaningful youth engagement. Now is the time for you to assist us in scaling up participation from youth organisations from all EU member states to enable a coordinated effort to drive ambitious climate and environment policies. Today’s youth realise societal transformations require long, sustained and intergenerational processes and the window of opportunity is still open, barely. You have all the tools at your disposal: the science, the carbon budget, the timing, the wealth, the power, the solutions. So, what else do you need to drive change? YOUTH! 

     

    Kind regards, 

    National EU Youth Representatives

     

    Writers 

    Nicholas Fitzpatrick, PUSH Sweden 

    Sarah Kleinschumacher, WWF Youth Germany 

    Joris Overmeer, Jonge Klimaatbeweging, Netherlands 

    Franziska Pezzei, Generation Earth/WWF Austria 

    Konstantin Schwarz, International Forestry Students’ Association, Germany 

     

    Signees (Green Deal Youth Dialogue Participants) 

    Iulian Teleoacă, Asociația Ecouri Verzi

    Igor Skórzybót, Ostra Zieleń” – Polish Young Greens

    Jonas Færgeman, Chair ReGeneration2030

    Anastasia Caruana Finkel, Friends of the Earth Malta

    Mart Kiis, Estwatch Estonia

    Justina Anglickyte, Fridays for Future Vilnius

    Orestis Matsas, "100,000 trees in Paphos" Initiative

    Laura Treimane, Zero Waste Latvia

    Côme Girschig, JAC France

    Radostina Slavkova, Young Friends of the Earth Bulgaria

     

    Jetz hoffen wir, dass unsere Botschaft ankommt und dass wir einen kleinen Baustein zur Entwicklung echter Jugendbeteiligung hinzufügen konnten!

    Nächste Woche haben wir bereits einen Call mit Joanna Drake vom DG Environment, die sich gerne mit uns zu unserem Brief austauschen möchte. Ich bin sehr gespannt, was dabei herauskommen wird und werde wieder berichten!

Kommentare

5 Kommentare
  • lenalotta
    lenalotta Super, dass ihr da gleich aktiv werdet!
    21. Juli 2020 - 3 gefällt das
  • Laura
    Laura Richtig gut! Euer Brief ist total stark und ich drücke ganz fest die Daumen, dass es nächste Woche nach dem Call gute Neuigkeiten gibt
    21. Juli 2020 - 1 gefällt das
  • ElHa
    ElHa Kann mich den anderen Kommentaren nur anschliessen: Toll, dass ihr dranbleibt und euch nicht abspeisen lasst mit solchen oberflächlichen "Beteiligungs" Strategien!
    Gleichzeitig finde ich es auch wichtig, Wertschätzung zu zeigen dafür, dass immerhin...  mehr
    26. Juli 2020
  • ElHa
    ElHa Aber das macht ihr wahrscheinlich sowieso
    26. Juli 2020