Young and marginalised: An assessment of barriers
and opportunities for young environmentalists
accessing justice using the Aarhus Convention

Webinar – Tuesday, 12 October 2021, 13:00-15:00 CEST

Despite the growing awareness of the need for intergenerational equity, being a young environmental defender, especially from marginalised backgrounds, has proven to be challenging.

This webinar aims to provide a brief snapshot of the realities of young environmental defenders, seeking to identify barriers and protection gaps in the existing frameworks.

The workshop will then focus on the Rapid Response Mechanism and the opportunities it brings in providing immediate support to young activists, contributing to the implementation of Art.3(8) of the Aarhus Convention. Through an interactive discussion, we seek to gather recommendations for an effective and accessible Rapid
Response Mechanism that takes the needs of young people into account.




Welcome & Introduction


Barriers faced by youth when seeking to exercise their Aarhus
Convention rights


The Rapid Response Mechanism as an opportunity to help address
these barriers?


How can the Rapid Response Mechanism be effective and accessible
for youth?
Interactive brainstorming workshop in breakout groups


Reporting back on key recommendations for the Rapid Response
Mechanism and its implementation


Wrapping up & outlook of next steps

This webinar is a side-event to the 7th Meeting of the Parties to the Aarhus Convention