It was an intense two days in Brussels for the 7 Young Ambassadors of the People & Planet project.

People & Planet aims to build a common destiny between people and planet. To do this, it set out to raise awareness and mobilise young people, society and decision-makers to fight climate change: to help change consciences and, above all, behaviours, towards a fairer, more dignified, inclusive and sustainable world.

It was on this basis that the project took 7 young people from 4 European countries to Brussels: Portugal, Spain, Italy and Germany.

The first day started with a great conversation in the European Parliament with MEP Sara Cerdas about the legislative work in sustainability and how to get more young people actively involved in decision-making processes. Then, our Young Ambassadors took part in a round table with the European Commission’s DG for International Partnerships, where they talked about the work being done on sustainability in their national Youth Advisory Climate Councils.

On the 2nd day, they went to the InfoPoint for a presentation on the European Commission’s External Action about the EU’s work on Human Rights, the Environment and Digitalisation. The ambassadors then visited the European Youth Forum – the largest platform of youth organisations in Europe, which works to promote young people’s participation in society, making them catalysts for positive change and contributors of innovative solutions to Europe’s challenges.

The last stop was a visit to the European Parliament’s Info Hub, where they had the opportunity to learn more about the upcoming EU Elections 2024: what are the EU’s political priorities, when and where to vote, and explore the “What Europe does for me” platform to understand how the decisions made by MEPs are making the European Union a better place.

People and Planet: A Common Destiny is a pan-European project to mobilise young citizens and global authorities in the fight against Climate Change. It is funded by the European Union through the DEAR Programme, with co-financing from Camões, I.P., involving 17 organisations (local authorities and CSOs) from 8 EU Member States and Cape Verde, under the coordination of the Loures Municipality. In Portugal, the project is implemented by the consortium composed by the Municipality of Loures, IMVF, RICD and FUEL.

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