Climate change and the environment
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Debate open to young volunteers from the SNU (Service National Universel). We are planning to set up a -minute “Europe in 60 minutes” game/quiz presenting the functioning of the European Union and citizens’ rights on a daily basis. We will then invite young people to discuss the future of Europe, through cross-cutting themes, in particular around the European Green Pact. More info: Europe House of Lot-et-Garonne 05 53 66 47 59 firstname.lastname@example.org
Event reportThe young people were able to discuss the European Green Pact after an information session on the topic. The problem of global warming is very much felt among young audiences, but we can see that the pervasive communication on the Covid19 pandemic has greatly influenced the public. At times it has been difficult to focus the discussion on the main theme: The European Green Pact. The majority believes that the objective of making the European Union carbon neutral by 2050 cannot be achieved. A phased, step-by-step approach is the most feasible as realistic and facilitating for countries that base their economies on carbon: For example, Poland. A large number of young people are putting in place day-to-day initiatives to safeguard the planet: Sorting of waste: There is a lack of information on materials that can be recycled by local authorities, but also because the logos on the packaging are not uniform on all products. Could the EU manage mandatory, unique and consistent communication in all countries with the same logos? For example: “recyclable”, “compostable”, “non-recyclable”. Nuclear energy: Lack of agreement at the level of the 27 EU countries. Lack of information on how radioactive waste is treated. Insulation of houses and buildings: In general, young people do not know that this depends on a European directive. Purchases of reusable products: Good practice fairly disseminated among young people 16-30 years old, but not enough, especially by other generations. Initiative shared by a youth during the debate: Create an interactive map where everyone can mark an alert on a pollution event and then recruit volunteers to get help on cleaning or repair. In general, young people do not have confidence in the role and commitment of elected officials and in the action of the European Union. It is difficult to understand whether this opinion is the result of a general influence, or whether that feeling is really shared. The phrase “Europe does a few things for the planet, but not enough” has been repeated several times. However, young people do not feel informed about the actions currently being taken by the European Union. They did express their lack of information because the media are not talking enough about it and because “talking about the European Union is too complicated for young people”. The majority had never heard of the Green Pact.
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