The Focus Area of Climate Emergency aims to educate young people and empower them to practice active citizenship in order to contribute to the green transition, understood as the individual and collective measures that need to be taken to prevent an environmental catastrophe.
1.AEGEEans discuss and promote the green transition in an informed and non-violent manner.
The green transition is a broad subject that can easily create conflicts in discussions if the people involved don’t have enough knowledge about the topic. Giving AEGEEans the skills to communicate in a well-informed and non-violent manner is necessary to contribute to green transition discussions, without toxicity.
2.Young Europeans are educated on sustainable living.
Young people should have access to materials to make conscious choices and learn the benefits of sustainable living. Sustainability is a broad topic and can be overwhelming, so education for young people on easily applicable actions is needed to empower long-lasting lifestyle changes.
3.AEGEEans collaborate to raise awareness about the green transition.
Despite the great urgency, the reaction of the political institutions is very slow and focussed on symbolic measures. By collaborating with and learning from diverse sources that are contributing to the green transition, we can amplify our impact, create more momentum to reach decision makers and spread awareness. We have to make it easier for youth to participate. Additionally, being part of a larger movement creates a greater impact and sense of empowerment.
4.AEGEEans advocate for sustainable traveling, sustainable consumption and circular economy.
Changing the way we consume goods and services can reduce our ecological footprint. Traveling is at the core of youth activities; however sustainable traveling is not financially accessible to everyone. It is necessary to advocate for affordable and sustainable traveling solutions that enable youth mobility to continue. Sustainable consumer patterns should include using and recycling sustainable resources. It is vital to advocate to stakeholders such as decision-makers, other NGOs, or educational institutions so they take measures to support the change.