Feedback from the 3rd European Youth Conference « Let’s Take Care of the Planet » organized in May 2018 in Portugal

Cpia de photo card resultatThe European Conference was co-organized from May 21 to 24, 2018 by French organization Monde Pluriel and Portuguese association ASPEA in Oeiras, Lisbon and Cascais, European city of youth for 2018. It gathered 82 youngsters – 66 delegates aged 13-16 and 16 facilitators aged 18-30- from 10 European countries representing thousands of youngsters around Europe, to inquire, debate and commit themselves for sustainable societies and valorize their commitments through educommunication tools.

9 European countries took part in this event sending to Oeiras delegations representing more than 10 000 youngsters involved in the LTCP dynamic in Europe. Belgium, 10th participating country, was represented by 4 facilitators from our partner organization in Brussels, Service Volontaire International (SVI).

In parallel, 20 teachers from 9 participating countries exchanged, networked and produced a statement document to make the pedagogical practices evolve in the area of Education on Sustainable Development (ESD).

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This year, the Conference was built around 6 topics, inspired by the 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) on the United Nations agenda until 2030 : biodiversity, clean energy, water and sanitation, responsible production and consumption, health/well-being and air quality, climate change.

Two paramount moments were dedicated to the dialogue between the youth and decision makers: one at the Cultural Center of Cascais with eurodeputies, the other at the Portuguese Parliament where the youngsters had the honor to be DSC 2350 resultatwelcomed, with national deputies from the Environment Commission. These enabled the delegates to valorize their actions and to challenge the elected people on issues close to their heart.

 

CaptureThe Conference concluded with the youngsters presenting their collective productions : pictures and videos created by the young reporters from the Youth Press Agency, posters and original portraits emphasizing their commitments, collective reading of the Letter of commitments “Let’s be the change !”coming from the debates of all the workshops, and last but not least a joyful and energetic batucada !

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