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The contribution of young people is fundamental to consolidate European democracy and to meet the ecological, digital and social transitions while recovering from the COVID-19 crisis. This is why COMECE is proposing a “Catholic Youth Convention on the Future of Europe: Our Dream of Europe” to involve young people in the discussions and to design a future for the EU that matches their dreams, while answering to Pope Francis’ message for Europe. During three online webinars on Thursday 3, 10 and 17 June 2021, the Catholic Youth Convention will bring together over 100 young people (18-35 year old). Together, they will reflect on some of the main challenges they experience today and formulate concrete proposals for the future of Europe.
Event reporti) General considerations Regarding this topic, most young people wish the further development of infrastructures enabling citizens to live more sustainably. Some participants stressed the importance of considering not only Europe but the global human community when addressing this problem, also strengthening the correlation between human rights and the effects of climate change. Young people addressed the need to tackle already existing vulnerabilities and future inequalities caused by climate change, as countries will not be equally affected by environmental changes. For this reason, most participants agreed on the need of green policies to regulate the current situation and guarantee ecological rights. Young participants believe that they should lead by example and inspire older generations by adopting a more sustainable lifestyles, and by promoting intergenerational dialogue, since caring for the world in which we live also means caring for ourselves. ii) Recommendations a) Contribute to the development of inclusive and sustainable infrastructures that support community living and encourage citizens to opt for a development in human responsibility, values and conscience. b) In the context of COP26, the EU should play its role as global actor to build a more sustainable society, as members of one human family. Green policies should have a global scope, while focusing on helping people most affected by climate change. c) Reinforce carbon taxation on companies and trade, while considering repercussions on the most fragile parts of society and use some of the resources of the Carbon border adjustment mechanism to repay some of the ecological debt . It will be a beautiful collective effort that beyond saving our common home will make all of us become better human beings. d) Educate about integral ecology starting from elementary school, with a positive narrative that raises awareness on ecology and encourages sustainable practices (i.e., climate change, integral ecology and circular economy).
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