In our post from Berlin, we introduced the three most frequently cited obstacles encountered by young people on the road to sustainability—lack of information, time, and money. So now that we have identified the main problems, let's take a look at the current efforts of young people, and some possible solutions they are offering. First, looking at the answers to the question “How sustainable do you think you live?”, we can see that young people are generally willing to make some efforts. Most of them, however, do not go beyond the regular, basic examples of sustainability, which closely mirror their [...]
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„Europe does not seem to be united these days and this is the root of many problems. For the greater integration of Europe there is a need for knowledge, mobility, exchanges among the people and young people are the ones doing that. Still it is a shame that they are often excluded from the decision-making processes while the system is promoted as a result of a cooperation. Authorities need to realise the importance of supporting young people”- one of the participants wrote down during the discussion in Bologna where a group of enthusiastic activists were asked to express their concerns [...]
The central question to our project is “Where is Europe heading?” For many young people, this is inextricably linked to the question where their own country is heading. In a country with a troubled past—and a lot would say also present—such as Hungary, this is not always an easy question to answer. This is why AEGEE-Budapest organised a discussion evening on the position of Hungary in Europe, linked to the visit of Europe on Track's Team Blue. Is Hungary part of Eastern Europe, Central Europe, or something else? For almost all considerations except geographical ones, participants came to an agreement [...]
When on the road, one encounter often leads to another. A week ago we were at the Against Hate Speech Online event by AEGEE-Katowice, where we met Lencka, one of the participants and a member of AEGEE-Bratislava. We started talking about Europe on Track, she asked if we were coming to Slovakia, and before long, she invited us to stay a night at her parents’ place in Bratislava. One week later, having passed through the south of Poland, Czech Republic, and Austria, we are almost halfway in our journey from Brussels to Istanbul. We only covered some 60km from our [...]
Erasmus, Bologna, mobility. The air is full of buzzwords on the form of our education. But what about the content? Does our education system prepare young people for their role in society? Does it give them awareness, interest, and tools for the bigger things in life? A better chance at finding a job? “You learn a lot at school, but not everything. Even when you finish university, you have to start from the beginning and you don't know anything”, says Silvija (23, Law student). The answers of young people across Europe consistently point out that none of our project's topics—European [...]
For our first stop in Italy, AEGEE-Napoli has organised an event with about 30-40 attendees, mostly the members of AEGEE-Napoli were present to discuss the focus topic of Europe on Track. Their problems, expectations and possible solutions were brought to light both regarding Italy as a whole and their own city as well. Asked about their fears the most frequent answer is the difficulty of finding a job, but also the increase of economic problems in Europe, less possibilities for cultural and youth associations and mobility were among their main concerns. They don´t feel that their opinions count at all. [...]
Things 16-year-olds can do: Pay income taxes, be tried as an adult, get married, start driving lessons, join the army,… Things 16-year-olds cannot do: Vote. Unless you are Austrian. Or from Nicaragua, Brazil, Isle of Man, Guernsey, Jersey, Ecuador, or Argentina. But unfortunately Europe on Track does not call at any of these destinations, so we ask some young people in Wien about their opinion on lowering the voting age to 16. Not mature enough, easy to influence, not sufficiently prepared, not informed about politics. People on the streets and at university find plenty of reasons for not giving 16-year-olds [...]
Asked about their identity young people responded that they feel Parisian at the first place, then European and then French. Generally we can already say that most people politically don´t think in European terms, the first is always the national perspective. In London we experienced the same. And it appears that here the capital city is an island more connected to Europe than to France itself. Should Ile-de-France change its name to Ile-d`Europe?! Paris is giving home to thousands of international students with conflicting views on the future of Europe depending on whom you are asking; law students of the [...]
So far, the interviews indicate that young people are mostly preoccupied by our increasing dependency on fossil fuels, closely followed by the threat of resource shortages and the treatment of waste produced by our high-consumption society. But what are they doing about it? How much are young people aware of their own impact on the sustainability of our planet, and how does it influence their lives? The first responses from Berlin show a mostly basic understanding of sustainability among youth, but young people also face a number of obstacles when pursuing a more sustainable life-style. The first of these problems [...]
Some days ago, while in Prague, the question came from Brno if Europe on Track would be stopping there as well. Since we are in the neighbourhood, we quickly manage to arrange an extra stop in Brno, breaking up the fairytale journey through the snow-covered, sun-reflecting hills of Moravia. After all, a plan is only something you can divert from. As we pull into the station and the purser opens the door, 3 girls walk up to the train: Jana (23, Theatre studies, Aesthetics, and Management of culture), Veronika (25, Economics), and Dita (26, Informatics). They take us to the [...]