YEE’s Annual Meeting 2024

from 12th to 14th July 2024 in Prague, Czechia

Practical information

  • When

    12th July to 14th July 2024

  • Where

    Prague, Czechia

  • Fees

    Fully funded for official delegates

  • How

    Hybrid

This event it funded by the European Union.

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Youth and Environment Europe would like to announce that the Annual Meeting and the General Assembly of YEE will take place on from 12th to 14th July 2024 in Prague, Czechia.

We are happy to say that it will take place in person with an option to join in remotely. Hereby, we would like to ask each YEE member organisation to appoint a delegate to represent and vote on behalf of your organisation during the General Assembly (GA).

Food, accommodation, and visa expenses or the duration of the annual meeting will be covered in full. Travel expenses will be reimbursed according to the Erasmus+ Programme Guide 2024.

How can you join?

Open calls

Become a board member

Responsibilities

Become an internal auditor

Responsibilities

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YEE’s Annual Meeting 2024

The Future of the European Green Deal

Challenges and Opportunities After the European Elections

Practical information

  • When

    Wednesday 19th June 2024 from 16.00 CEST

  • Where

    U-Residence, VUB, Brussels/Online

  • Fees

    free

  • How

    Register

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Join us for “The Future of the European Green Deal: Challenges and Opportunities After the European Elections” – a hybrid panel discussion hosted by The Earth Society, YEE (Youth and Environment Europe), and VUB (Vrije Universiteit Brussel). The panel will be followed by a networking drink!

Why are we doing this

The European elections are around the corner and the landscape for climate action is expected to shift. What does this mean for the future of the European Green Deal?

Whether you are a policymaker, researcher, student, or simply passionate about climate action, this event is for you!

This is your chance to hear from leading experts and engage in a critical discussion about:

Meet the speakers

Flora Dicke

Researcher at Ecologic Institute

Flora Dicke works as a Researcher at Ecologic Institute in Berlin. Her main areas of research are German and EU climate mitigation and adaption policy, as well as topics connected to political economy and socio-economics. Her current activities center around the EU-funded Horizon 2020 project “Transformative Policies for a Climate-Neutral European Union (4I-TRACTION)”, where she works on policy instruments with transformative potential and supports the synthesis of project results and their dissemination. Additionally, she is involved in the socio-economic assessment of adaptation measures and assesses international taxation options for the benefit of climate finance.

Sebastian Oberthür

Professor and Co-director

Prof. Dr. Sebastian Oberthür is the Co-Director of the Research Centre for Environment, Economy and Energy, and Professor for Environment and Sustainable Development at the Brussels School of Governance (BSoG). He is also Professor of Environmental Policy and Law at the Centre for Climate Change, Energy and Environmental Law at the University of Eastern Finland. He has extensive expertise on European and international environmental governance, policy and law, including climate governance, with an emphasis on institutional issues and perspectives.

Stephanny Ulivieri

Project Lead at YEE

Stephanny is a young intersectional activist working in the fields of climate change, biodiversity, migration, and displacement with an academic background in international relations, development and international cooperation. She has experience working for the UN, the European Commission and for several youth-led organizations at an European and global level. She currently works with YEE as a Project Lead for Sustainaware, an initiative focused on addressing the topic of environmental health and climate sustainability through building the capacity of European organizations to work across sectors.
Andrea Casamenti

Just Transition Policy Coordinator at Solidar Foundation

Andrea Casamenti is the Policy Coordinator for Just Transition at SOLIDAR, a network of over 50 civil society organisations across Europe representing millions of people committed to social justice and solidarity. Andrea leads SOLIDAR’s policy and advocacy work on a socially just transition to sustainable development in Europe, including the management of the European Alliance for a Just Transition, a coalition bringing together more than 40 European stakeholders with a common vision for a just transition in Europe.

Arvea Marieni

Partner and board member at Brainscapita

Arvea is a partner and board member of the management consulting firm Brainscapital, a shareholder of the French engineering firm BEAM CUBE, where she co-leads the Ecological Transition Solutions Division, and a special commentator on current affairs for CGTN. As a strategic advisor, climate policy expert and innovation manager, she specialises in EU-China environmental cooperation and serves as an expert for the European Commission, including Horizon evaluations, and as a consultant to the UNFCCC. In 2024, she was invited to join the Steering Committee of the Master in Agricultural and Food Economics at the Università CaSolica del Sacro Cuore, Cremona Campus.

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The Future of the European Green Deal

Impacts of the European Climate Lawsuits | Webinar

Unpacking the recent ECtHR decisions on climate cases with Victorine Nagels and Theresa Amor-Juergenssen.

Practical information

  • When

    9th May 2024

  • Where

    Online

  • How

    Sign up

This webinar is part of the Legal Seeds project.

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Why are we doing this

The European Court of Human Rights (ECtHR) recently delivered decisions on three different climate change-related cases. These were all lawsuits brought forward by citizens across Europe, who argued that states have not done enough to mitigate climate change and to protect their citizens.

By immersing ourselves in discussions on participation, human rights, and environmental protection, we aim to ensure that the voices of young people are integral in shaping policy recommendations, as well as to create a platform where your insights and contributions can drive tangible change, fostering a global community dedicated to environmental advocacy.

In this webinar, one month after the historic decisions, we will unpack the results of the three different climate lawsuits brought forward to the ECtHR:

Who will be speaking

The speakers for the event are Victorine Nagels (lawyer) and Theresa Amor-Juergenssen (legal advocacy deputy at WYCJ). These experienced speakers will analyse the ECtHR decisions and reflect on the significance that these have on States’ climate commitments. They will also analyse what are going to be the consequences of these judgements on climate action and litigation advanced by youth and on the rights of children, youth, and future generations.
 

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Dealing with Eco-Anxiety | Training of Trainers

We are looking for 20 participants who are interested in increasing their capacities to work on dealing with eco-anxiety in their organisation and environmental activism.

Practical information

  • When

    18th May to 24th May 2024

  • Where

    Prague, Czechia

  • Fee

    Fully funded

  • How

    Apply by 1st April 2024

Supported by the Council of Europe through the European Youth Foundation.

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Why are we doing this

We’re embarking on this journey to empower youth workers to deal with eco-anxiety and focus on the crucial issue of the interrelation between mental health and climate change. Eco-anxiety especially affects young people, who worry about not being able to live in a clean, healthy and sustainable future. Many times this hinders their capacity to be involved in advocacy efforts, as the fear overwhelms them and results in isolation from their community.


Through non-formal education methods, we will equip the participants with knowledge on eco-anxiety and mental health impacts of climate change, enabling them to take meaningful action on these issues in their own communities. We will create a platform for discussions, knowledge-sharing, and active participation, empowering participants to collectively learn about this important topic.

This study session is for you if:

At the training, you will:

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Right to Healthy Environment | Study session

We are looking for organisations and youth activists interested in increasing their capacities to work on the  access to environmental rights of young people

Practical information

  • When

    26th May to 2nd June 2024

  • Where

    European Youth Center Budapest, Hungary

  • Fees

    50 EUR participation fee (deductable)

  • How

    Apply by 24th March 2024

This study session is organised in cooperation with the Council of Europe.

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Why are we doing this

We’re embarking on this journey to amplify the youth perspective and influence within the Council of Europe while focusing on the crucial issue of the Right to a Healthy Environment recommendation.

By immersing ourselves in discussions on participation, human rights, and environmental protection, we aim to ensure that the voices of young people are integral in shaping policy recommendations, as well as to create a platform where your insights and contributions can drive tangible change, fostering a global community dedicated to environmental advocacy.

This study session is for you if:

At the study session, you will:

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Climate Litigation as a tool for youth climate movements

How Climate Litigation Empowers Youth Climate Movements?

Climate Litigation as a tool for youth climate movements​

How Climate Litigation Empowers Youth Climate Movements?

Practical information

  • When

    Friday 9th February 2024 at 16h CET

  • Where

    Online

  • How

    Register your interest

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This workshop is open for anyone interested in climate litigation and legal campaigns, and how this can be used as a tool by youth climate movements!
 
During this workshop, we will present the Youth Climate Law Hub and hear from some of the prominent initiatives brought by its members. The workshop will also be an opportunity for participants to understand how to join forces in these actions and build a stronger environmental law youth movement in Europe and beyond.
 

Presenters:

Youth and Environment Europe (YEE), World’s Youth for Climate Justice (WYCJ), Auroramålet, Victorine Nagels (lawyer)

  1. Presentation by WYCJ: The World’s Youth for Climate Justice is an international youth-led campaign that aims to bring climate change to the ICJ. Among others, we will discuss how we can all join forces in this last stage before the submission.

  2. Presentation by Auroramålet: Auroramålet represents 300 young people who have sued the Swedish state for insufficient climate action. We will discuss why we have chosen human rights-based climate litigation as a tool for climate justice, and what we have learnt that could make it easier for others to do the same. This talk will cover how we manage legal strategy, funding, communications and advocacy with limited resources.

  3. Presentation by YEE: We will discuss and present what are National Energy and Climate Plans (NECPs), and why it is important for youth to provide feedback and actively participate in them.

  4. Presentation by Victorine Nagels: We will hear from a young lawyer involved in defending young climate activists. Questions for the discussion include: which young people can take legal action and what are the risks? Is the situation different when young people act through an association? What are the situations in which it might be worth taking legal action? What happens when young people have to defend themselves in court?

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Deploying renewable energy while protecting biodiversity

Considering our growing energy needs, is the deployment of renewables compatible with our objectives of biodiversity protection?

Deploying renewable energy while protecting biodiversity​

Considering our growing energy needs, is the deployment of renewables compatible with our objectives of biodiversity protection?

Practical information

  • When

    Tuesday 30th January 2024 at 17h CET

  • Where

    Online

  • How

    Register your interest

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About the topic

Renewable energy, particularly solar and wind, has become increasingly popular in recent years due to their low carbon footprint. However, it is important to consider the impact of their development on land use and biodiversity. Solar panels and windmills require a significant amount of space, and this can raise concerns regarding their compatibility with biodiversity protection objectives. Data on the average square meter occupied by these renewable energy sources, both onshore and offshore, can give us a clear picture of the scale of land use involved.

Currently, the deployment of solar and wind energy is rapidly increasing globally, and this trend is expected to continue in the coming years. While renewable energy production contributes to reducing greenhouse gas emissions, it can also have negative consequences for local habitats, migration patterns, and biodiversity. Therefore, it is crucial to carefully consider the potential environmental impacts when deploying renewables and find ways to minimize harm to ecosystems.

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It's NECPs time!

Mobilising youth in the NECPs processes

It's NECPs time!

Mobilising youth in the NECPs processes

Practical information

  • When

    Friday 12th January 2024 at 16h CET

  • Where

    Online

  • How

    Register your interest

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Are you interested in a campaign to mobilise youth in the NECPs processes?

 
Join us on Friday 12th January from 16.00 to 17.00 CET for a session in which the YEE Environmental Law team will present the new initiative to launch a campaign to mobilise youth to demand more consideration of young people’s engagement in the NECPs processes.

During the session, attendees will have the opportunity to learn more about the campaign and how they can get involved. The YEE Environmental Law team will provide an overview of the NECPs processes and explain how young people can participate in them.

About NECPs

NECPs, or National Energy and Climate Plans, are an important part of the EU’s efforts to combat climate change. They set out each member state’s targets and policies for reducing greenhouse gas emissions, increasing renewable energy, and improving energy efficiency.

Learn more about NECPs in our handbook.

Have questions? Get in touch!

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National Energy & Climate Plans | Webinar

COP28 recap

Join our live webinar on COP28 recap with youth delegates, from Youth and Environment Europe (YEE) Generation Climate Europe (GCE) and European Youth Energy Network (EYEN), who were present at #COP28 in Dubai!

COP28 recap​

Join our live webinar on COP28 recap with youth delegates, from Youth and Environment Europe (YEE) Generation Climate Europe (GCE) and European Youth Energy Network (EYEN), who were present at #COP28 in Dubai!​

Practical information

  • When

    Friday 21st December 2023 at 15h CET

  • Where

    Online

  • How

    Register your interest

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Join our live webinar on COP28 recap with youth delegates, from Youth and Environment Europe (YEE) Generation Climate Europe (GCE) and European Youth Energy Network – EYEN, who were present at #COP28 in Dubai!

Did you miss the event?

Watch the recording or read the written summary!

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When youth sue the state

Conversation with the people behind the Aurora climate lawsuit

When youth sue the state

A conversation with the people behind the Aurora climate lawsuit

Practical information

  • When

    Tuesday 4th July at 16.45h CEST

  • Where

    Online

  • How

    Register your interest

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What is climate litigation and why is it becoming more and more prevalent in youth climate activism? What do we mean with “climate activism through the rule of law”? What are the challenges faced by youth groups who decided to take States to court for climate inaction?

These and many more questions will be addressed during our workshop, which will provide the basics of climate litigation and an interactive conversation with a representative of the youth behind the Aurora climate lawsuit and of the Sweden’s Environmental Association of Law (SEAL)!

Agenda of the event:

  • Introduction to Climate LitigationWhat is it? How does it work?
  • The Aurora Climate Case: A conversation with Ida Edling, the legal and scientific coordinator of Aurora
  • Presentation of Sweden’s Environmental Association of Law
  • Q&A

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