Let Grassroots Grow
In nowadays Europe, many young people feel sceptical about the institutionalised politics, the future of Europe and their own participation in the social and political life of their communities. Yet, there is an alternative way to this top-down politics: a bottom-up approach. Grassroots projects, in particular, can foster youth-led change in society by organising activities that tackle environmental problems in their communities.
What came before?
During 2018, YEE focused on the topic of youth participation in environmental decision-making with the project Active Youth – Better Environment. We will continue to explore the complex concept of youth participation in 2019, this time from the perspective of local projects and bottom-up initiatives and young people who want to solve concrete environmental problems and issues in their communities.
Aim and objectives
“Let Grassroots Grow” aims to build the expertise of youth organisations needed to support youth-led environmental grassroots projects by:
- defining the concept of environmental grassroots projects and their role in fostering youth participation
- creating a space for peer learning and sharing by exchanging best practices and experiences among youth organisations
- developing competencies in the participants to organise and support effective grassroots actions and projects
- supporting and empowering local initiatives to organise local grassroots actions