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In December 2019, the European Commission (EC) presented the European Green Deal (EGD), a “new growth strategy” consisting of a broad and ambitious roadmap aiming to “transform the EU into a fair and prosperous society, with a modern, resource-efficient and competitive economy”. It’s main aim is to “make Europe the first climate-neutral continent by 2050, boosting the economy, improving people’s health and quality of life, caring for nature, and leaving no one behind”.
Plans under the Green Deal include:
- A new European Climate Law (the first draft was published in March 2020)
- A 50-55% cut in greenhouse gas emissions by 2030 (previously 40%)
- A circular economy action plan
- A flagship building renovation programme
- A new biodiversity strategy to tackle deforestation, soil and water pollution
- A healthier agricultural system, with reduced use of chemical pesticides, fertilisers and antibiotics
- A low-carbon transport sector, with more electric vehicles and hybrid fuels
Source: Press Release on ec.europa.eu
Youth across Europe want more than that and they made their voices loud and clear!
As a result of SYSTEM:RESET project from multiple organisations we are excited to present ‘The Youth Proposal for a Green Deal for Europe’. This proposal highlights the need for change, the need for a better future that is socially just and ecologically sound. Not only must our future include healthier environments, restoration of the commons and reduced pollution, we are pushing for better access to education, a respect for different cultural backgrounds and the redistribution of wealth to support the Global South. This is not just a vision for the future of the environment, it is one for people across the world to bring forth climate justice and social justice.Read “The Youth Proposal for a Green Deal” here!