This Youth Proposal for a Green Deal for Europe presents a narrative of the future we want and of the urgent intersectional transformation that is needed in our society. It presents young people’s visions for a socially just and ecologically sound future and highlights the momentum for system change.
The world is currently at a tipping point, where we need bold measures and coordinated collective actions to build an equitable, sustainable, and socially just future that we all want to live in. The time for bold collective actions to build a better world for everyone is NOW!
For two years, we collected visions from 3300 young people with different backgrounds and identities across Europe. We focused specifically on engaging underrepresented young people, as they are often not included in decision-making processes that affect them.
The visions are divided according to thematic categories and formulated as priorities for the future, suggested solutions and actions, and policy recommendations. These are not universal, as all countries have different starting points and different steps they need to take in transforming their society. However, this Youth Proposal can serve as a roadmap for all stakeholders to change the system and create a European Green Deal that is built upon a future that European youth want. We have therefore included suggestions for what four stakeholder groups can do – policymakers, businesses, communities, and individuals.
We have also translated in 10 languages: Croatian, Danish, Estonian, German, Greek, Macedonian, Maltese, Russian, Spanish and Turkish.