The People & Planet project asked nearly 4000 young people from 8 European countries* what their views and concerns are about climate change, sustainable practices and water scarcity.
The most visible message is that young people know that the climate threat is real and it is here. This is one of many findings from the online survey results, which are now released in the report European Youth and Climate Change: A Community Baseline.
The report analyses several areas of the relationship between young people and climate justice.
📌 Their individual actions to mitigate the effects of climate change;
📌 The perception that young people have towards climate issues;
📌 The knowledge that they have about the current political action and what they demand to promote a positive change.
The project has the main goal of mobilizing society and political actors to fight climate change, and is focused on one of the most serious challenges, humanity has to face nowadays and, in the times, to come: water scarcity.
The United Nations recognises the importance of youth in society and to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), the world needs to leverage the full potential of all generations.
“It’s not enough to listen to young people — we need to integrate them into decision-making mechanisms at all levels.” – UN Secretary-General @antonioguterres
To achieve this, we must give voice to young people! That is why we chose the International Youth Day to release this report:
The project People & Planet: a common destiny wants to call for the construction of a common destiny between people and planet. We want to raise awareness and mobilize young people, society and political decision-makers to combat climate change, help change awareness and, above all, the behaviour of each person, towards a more sustainable world.
The project is financed by the European Union and implemented in 8 EU Member States and Cape Verde, between 2020 and 2024. In Portugal, the project is also co-funded by Camões – Instituto da Cooperação e da Língua, I.P. and implemented by a consortium composed of Loures City Council, Instituto Marquês de Valle Flôr (IMVF), Rede Intermunicipal de Cooperação para o Desenvolvimento (RICD) and FUEL.