Why do we do advocacy?
YEE believes there is a need to include the youth perspective in environmental advocacy.
We are advocating for ambitious, inclusive action to address climate change.
We call for business leaders, politicians and all decision-makers to finally take into account the concerns and demands of young people. They should address the consequences that climate change is taking on youth and our communities.
The YEE AWG tackles this through 8 topics: Green Europe, Climate Change, Environmental Governance, Biodiversity, Oceans & Arctic, Sustainable Energy, Climate Crisis and Environmental Law.
In August 2020, Youth and Environment Europe set up new Advocacy Working group – an ambitious initiative to ensure even stronger participation of young people in environmental and climate governance processes, building closer links with decision-makers and advocating for action on climate change.
Who are the advocacy officers?
While committed to specific and diverse tasks, the volunteer liaison officers effectively make a team – the Advocacy Working Group – intended to support each other.
The team is currently made up of 9 Liaison Officers who focus on various themes, as well as an advocacy manager, an advocacy coordinator and a communications coordinator.
How does the advocacy team work together?
Our advocacy team is operating on a volunteering basis. YEE has been hosting volunteers for over ten years. With a decade of experience working with volunteers, we can ensure a positive and supportive work environment with many opportunities for professional and personal growth. We value diversity, learning from each other, and intercultural learning.
All advocacy officers report to and are directly supported by the YEE Advocacy Manager and Advocacy Coordinator. The team members have regular meetings and attend also different YEE meetings and activities.
Concretely, the advocacy working group meets once every two weeks and in between, the Coordinator and Manager conduct one-on-one check-ins. While each Liaison Officer has a specific portfolio, teamwork is maintained by the joint projects and campaigns we lead, such as #ClimateOfChange or #LightsOnAarhus.
Advocacy team members are expected to be present at online meetings and to contribute within their capacities to the functioning of the working group. Since we are all operating on a volunteer basis, we are respectful of varying capacities as many of our volunteers are university students or young professionals. We always make sure to create a safe space for everyone to share opinions and experiences in a respectful way.
What does the team do?
Some of the work tasks of advocacy officers include: officially representing YEE in regard to partner organisations, attending external meetings and events, strengthening communication, and directing advocacy with some of our partner organisations. Together, the team aim to
- Bridge the gap with policy-makers on environmental and climate European and international decision-making processes;
- Ensure that young Europeans are present in climate and environmental decision-making processes both at the UN level and the European level;
- Coordinate our members’ organisations’ advocacy actions and support their advocacy work and campaigns.
Essentially, we are advocating for increased youth participation in environmental governance and processes, cleaner oceans, more ambitious climate goals and increased protection of biodiversity.
News from the Advocacy Working Group
- Nature Restoration Law: Youth needs your support
- What are countries doing about plastic pollution?
- Climate Litigation As a Tool for Youth Climate Movements
- Call for volunteers | AWG
- National Energy & Climate Plans | Webinar
- National Energy and Climate Plans | A handbook for youth participation
- COP28 recap | Webinar
- The EneRail | Podcast
- Green Hydrogen=Green Flag
- We are looking for Liaison Officers | Volunteering
- When youth sue the state | Workshop
- INC-2: a session for nothing?
- Our future at stake: European youth urges once again to adopt an ambitious Nature Restoration Law
- Our Right to be Heard: how the Aarhus Convention can open its doors to Youth
- A lot of finance is still not Green | Webinar
- Advocating for stronger legal protection of rivers in Europe
- Intersectional Ecofeminism
- 15th Task Force on Access to Justice | Statements of the Environmental Law Team
- European energy policy | Webinar
- COP27 Reflections – Together for implementation?