YEE’s publications consist of useful tool-kits, guides and reports related to the environment and environmental youth work.

National Energy and Climate Plans | A handbook for youth participation

This handbook works as an explainer to the EU regulated National Energy and Climate Plans, and as a guide to how to participate in the process as a young citizen.

Each EU Member State is required to submit a National Energy and Climate Plan (NECPs), reflecting how various energy and climate targets will be achieved. According to EU regulations, these plans need to be open to public participation and consultation, yet the majority of Member States have failed to provide opportunities for the public to participate in the process.

These handbooks aim to shed light on the ways in which public participation can be improved, and how you as a young person can take part in the process!

This toolkit covers:

  • Explaining NECPs

    National Energy and Climate Plans (NECPS) are plans that each Member State of the European Union needs to prepare. An NECP should reflect how energy and climate targets will be achieved. But what does this mean in practice? What kind of information do NECPs contain?

  • Exploring the role of public participation

    According to EU regulations, all NECPs should be open to public participation and consultation. What is so crucial? And are all Member States fulfilling this requirement?

  • What we as young people can do

    Including the perspective of young people is important for well-functioning NECPs, but participation is not always easy. How can you as a young person take part in drafting NECPs? How can you make your voice heard?

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Youth Participation in the NECPs

The Legal Seeds project has been conducting interviews with young people from 4 different EU member states, in order to report on the status of youth participation in the NECP-process. We have compiled country-specific reports on youth involvement for Cyprus, Italy, Bulgaria (coming soon) and Greece (coming soon). These reports outline both the importance and legal requirements of public- and youth participation, while describing the current status of youth involvement in the NECP-process. These reports also highlight the shortcoming of the national processes, while also including suggestions on improvements to national governments.

Youth Participation in the Italian updated NECP draft

The report highlights issues with implementing the Governance Regulation in Italy, focusing on updating National Energy and Climate Plans (NECPs), namely the lack of public participation in Italian climate and environmental policymaking , higlighting the bigger focus on administrative procedures rather than human rights.

Youth Participation in the Cypriot updated NECP draft

The report raises awareness about Governance Regulation shortcomings in Cyprus, focusing on updating NECPs in 2022/2023. Public participation is not there solely for the sake of participating - it is there to increase the acceptability of divisive policies and unite the Cypriot public.

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National Energy and Climate Plans | A handbook for youth participation

When youth takes states to court | Handbook

This handbook provides important information on the hearing and the potential impact of the Court on climate action in Europe.

On the 27th of September, the Duarte Agostinho et al case will be heard at the European Court of Human Rights. This will be the third of a series of climate lawsuits brought in front of the Court, after Klimaseniorinnen, and Câreme, which were heard this Summer. The case involves youth from 11 to 24 years old. This will be an excellent opportunity for youth all around Europe to make the voices of the youngest generations heard! We have prepared this handbook to highlight the most important things to keep in mind when following the hearing, including the potential role of the Court in enhancing climate action in Europe.

This handbook covers:

  • Youth in Climate Action

    Apart from peaceful protests, young people have also increasingly made use of the law to strive for a healthy and safe environment. And why are youth so involved?

  • Explaining the Claims of Duarte Agostinho

    September 2020, six young people and children from Portugal made a complaint to the European Court of Human Rights (ECtHR) stating that the climate inaction of 33 states under the jurisdiction of the Court was endangering their lives and well-being. How is the Duarte Agostinho lawsuit structured?

  • The ECtHR Processes

    How does the European Court of Human Rights work? What is the role of the ECtHR in enhancing climate action?

  • Previous Successful Cases

    What are the other climate lawsuits that have yielded results?

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Climate Justice Needs An Intersectional Approach | Tookit

This toolkit invites you to embark on an inspiring journey where inclusivity and empowerment become the driving forces behind climate action.

Our Intersectionality Toolkit offers a comprehensive guide to understanding and integrating intersectionality into climate action. It provides a framework to navigate the interconnected web of social identities, power dynamics, and environmental impacts. Through a combination of research-based insights, practical tools, and case studies, this toolkit empowers users to approach climate activism, policy-making, and community engagement through an inclusive and justice-centered lens.

This toolkit covers a wide range of topics, including:

  • Intersectionality and Environmental Justice

    Unpacking the connections between intersectionality and the climate crisis, exploring how power dynamics shape vulnerability and resilience, and understanding the importance of inclusivity in environmental decision-making processes.

  • Climate Impacts on Marginalized Communities

    Examining how climate change disproportionately affects marginalized communities, including indigenous peoples, people of colour, low- income populations, and those living in vulnerable regions, and how these impacts intersect with other forms of discrimination.

  • Partnership, Representation and Engagement

    Providing guidance on fostering inclusive dialogues, amplifying marginalized voices, and building partnerships to address climate challenges collectively. It also explores effective strategies for advocating for climate justice and amplifying intersectional perspectives in policy-making and advocacy efforts.

  • Tools for Intersectional Analysis

    Equipping users with practical tools, sources and frameworks to analyze the intersections of power, privilege, and vulnerability within climate issues. These tools give an understanding to, help identify and address disparities, develop tailored solutions, and foster collaborative approaches to climate action.

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