Empowering youth for climate action is an opportunity to exchange with decision makers, ideas and views on possible strategies that can be put in place to tackle climate change at the local level. The virtual event wants to include in the debate with local and european policy makers the vision that young people have for climate action in the years to come and how they see themselves in supporting the achievement of the Paris Agreement. In recent years, youth across the world has raised its voice demanding the government’s attention to the fight against climate change.
Through demonstrations, European cities asked for more ambitious, urgent actions but also for an acknowledgement on the role that youth can play in making these objectives a reality. They proved to have the knowledge, the capacity, the energy and the will to concretely support a rapid shift toward more sustainable lifestyles. This session aims to create a space for youth to show what can be achieved in the fight against climate change when young citizens can have a say in the future that they will have to live in.
Fruzsina VarghaLady Vice-Mayor, Sfântu Gheorghe, Romania
Luís Almeida CapãoPresident of Cascais Ambiente, Cascais, Portugal
Lotte Suveriproject specialist, Climate and Environment Policy Unit, City of Turku, Finland
With 22 offices worldwide, ICLEI – Local Governments for Sustainability is the world’s leading network of local and regional governments committed to sustainable development. ICLEI believes that local action drives global change and the leadership of local and regional governments can make a major difference in addressing complex environmental, economic and social challenges. ICLEI Europe represents over 160 members in more than 33 different European countries. Among the many activities, ICLEI runs a number of European projects including UpLift and CleverCities.
The City Council of Milan (Italian: Consiglio Comunale di Milano) is the top-tier administrative body of the municipality of Milan, Lombardy, Italy. It consists of the elected Mayor of Milan and an elected 48-member assembly.