The energy transition will fail if it is not fair! – Nathan Metenier, External Relations Officer

“A pretty busy month for YEE’s external affairs after Christmas break!
Our coalition of the youth European network, Generation Climate Europe, is taking shape. We have now several working groups on biodiversity, climate justice and on different projects. Mid-January, we were invited to represent the European youth perspective at the Climate Law launch. We happily provided our inputs highlighting the need for better youth involvement in the climate and environmental decision-making processes.
At the end of January 2020, I attended a youth dialogue on the Green New Deal, organized by the European Commission. Several of YEE’s members were there with me to represent the voice of the young people fighting for a better-protected environment. It was a great occasion to speak out and tell the Commission that we need new wealth indicators but also that the EU funding scheme should be reviewed in order to really divest from fossil fuels. Here a European Climate Bank sounds like a great idea! Additionally to this, we express our concerns on the absence of socials aspects in the European Green Deal of the Commission. The energy transition will fail if it is not fair!
Continuing on this line, mid-February we organized a close-door meeting with Generation Climate Europe and the European Economic and Social Committee on youth involvement. For the first time, representatives from the Commission, the Council, and the Parliament were gathered to talk about youth involvement on these issues and the Climate Pact. We reminded the Commission that we need information sharing to get empowered on climate issues, new funding schemes for grassroots movements on climate and environment issues and defended our proposal of an EU Youth Climate Dialogue.
One point though: a lot of events from the European Commission only invite youth activists from the European Union. As YEE is a European network, it is often frustrating for our members not to be able to participate only because they are not from the EU. The climate crisis has no borders and we need all the perspectives to tackle it!
Do not hesitate to drop me an email if you have some remarks or questions!
Nathan “