Workshops spanned from discovering tools for building community momentum to discussing the Just Transition. These youth-led workshops were a moment for knowledge-sharing amongst peers but across different backgrounds and perspectives. In between workshops, roundtables and guest speakers were invited to talk. Some highlights included hearing Pauline Eloi, advisor to the C40, a global network of mayors taking urgent action to confront the climate crisis, discuss the role of cities and local politics in tackling the environmental questions of our time as well as Guillaume Thiériot, Director of the Green Grenoble 2022 Agency on the work and projects behind the Green Capital Award label.
We had the opportunity to hear inspiring stories from youth activists such as Emilia Rygielska, involved at her local level in Poland and in FridaysForFuture, and Mahnoor Kamran, on the board of Good Energy and involved in the consulting around Britain’s plans for climate education. We also got to go beyond the traditional methods of advocacy and involvement and meet Léa Legoff, a young documentary filmmaker and student, who showed us a screening of a documentary she was part of the production of a documentary entitled “IMPUNITY”, discussing environmental justice through case studies in Sweden, Italy and France.
Finally, meeting the mayor of Grenoble, Eric Piolle, was a significant opportunity to learn from and about the potential of local politics in the just transition. Piolle, mayor since 2014 and a member of the French political party Europe Ecology – The Greens (EELV), helped us understand just how much transformation a city like Grenoble had gone through and still needs to go through to match the needs of our rapidly changing environment.
Participants had some great reflections on what these three days meant to them: