Brussels in April 2013? Subscribe here now! (EESC event)
Important message for 16-17-year-olds at schools across Europe – and for your teachers: Would you like to come to Brussels for two days to join the European Union decision-makers, to see the city, and actually take part in the political debate that goes on at the heart of Europe? Register online before November 30, 2012. Event organized by ther EESC, a partner of Let's Take Care of the Planet project. More information here.
Reinforcing bridges with the UNESCO Baltic Sea Project
Last 16-18 November 2012 took place the International BSP meeting, in Tallinn, Estonia, where a representative of the Let’s Take Care of the Planet project was also invited, as a BSP partner. This meeting gathered the representatives of the nine Baltic Sea countries to jointly discuss the project perspectives for the next three years. It was an opportunity to reinforce collaboration between both projects: sharing the pedagogical objectives and methods as well as the schools network. Four BSP countries had already participated in LTCP project last year, and will definitely continue!
The European Week for Waste Reduction
You are looking for pedagogical tools on waste reduction awareness raising, good communication practices, ideas for action, and you want to share your own actions on waste reduction? Then Consult the website on the European Week for Waste Reduction, that takes place from 17 to 25 November. An action organized by the organization ACR+, under the patronage of the European Commission for the Environment,
A video of the European Conference!
You can now watch a video on the European Conference of Brussels (May 2012) by clicking here!
After Rio +20 : Short Press Review
* Rio+20 Earth Summit: campaigners decry final document, The Guardian, by Jonathan Watts and Liz Ford
'Pathway for a sustainable future' declared, but Greenpeace says summit was failure of epic proportions.
* Rio+20 People's summit – in pictures
From banners to body paint to bows and arrows: here is a selection of images from the opening days of the People's summit, taking place alongside the main UN conference
* What is the future you want? It's time to make a date with history at Rio+20, Video on Youtube
Messages from young people from all continents.
* The Future I Want: Brittany Trilford's winning entry for Date with History
Message of a 17 years old teenager, from New Zealand.
* Rio+20: your sustainable development messages – in pictures
Photo messages about sustainable development were collected ahead of the summit
* Reframing Rio+20: revisiting the Earth summit children
A multimedia project Reframing Rio, exploring the lives of children born during the 1992 Rio Earth summit in Brazil, Papua New Guinea, Kenya, India and China, and revisits them 20 years on.
Handing of the open letter
The Danish delegates handed the open letter to their mayor.
14-16 May 2012 European conference Let's take care of the planet in Brussels
SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT …
… WHEN YOUNG PEOPLE GET INVOLVED!!
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« If not now, then when?
If not us, then who? »
Extract from the International Charter of responsibilities « Let’s Take Care of the Planet », Brasilia, June 2010.
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From the 14th to the 16th of May 2012 the European Youth Conference, « Let‘s Take Care of the Planet », has taken place at the Committee of the Regions in Brussels. An event bringing together 80 young people from 14 different countries, who have decided to research, debate and make a commitment to sustainable societies.
Among the activities, the youth wrote an Open Letter to the Decision-makers, to be diffused and used widely!
The delegates have also created posters. Here are the final versions :
The video workshop created a video message towards the Earth Summit Rio+20. To watch it, click on the link below:
Video Message Rio+20_Youth European Conference par mondepluriel
Where does the project originate from?
In June 2010, on the initiative of the Brazilian Education and Environment Ministers, 350 young delegates from 47 countries came together in Brasilia to participate in the first International Youth Conference for the Environment.
There they drew up an International Charter of their responsibilities in the face of socio-environmental changes, which they presented to the President of the European Council and the Secretary General of the Committee of the Regions in November 2010 in Brussels.
This was the starting point of the “Let’s Take Care of the Planet” movement in Europe, that has also crossed over into numerous countries of the 5 continents.
The intermediary role between France and Europe is undertaken by the organisation Monde Pluriel that has organised local and national conferences over the past 2 years, and is in charge of running the Youth Conference in Brussels in May.
The success of the project depends on young people becoming engaged and taking responsibility; by committing themselves in international debates on sustainable development, this initiative helps strengthen their capacity to take action and their sense of citizenship.
In Brussels, there was 80 young people from 14 different countries (the Czech Republic, Denmark, France, Georgia, Germany, Italy, Lithuania, Malta, Poland, Romania, Russia, Spain, Sweden, Turkey).
The delegates aged between 13 and 16 years old, elected by their peers at local and national conferences and supported by facilitators (aged between 18 and 30 years old), are the spokespeople of their respective countries.
During the 3 day event (see below for details), exchange workshops took place where delegates shared their experiences and discussed the responsibilities that they want to take on as a contribution to the construction of a sustainable Europe.
The theme « Sustainable schools and territories » is developed around the following objectives:
- To raise awareness of socio-environmental issues
- To become aware of the links between local and global issues, by comparing the realities of different countries (intercultural dialogue)
- To think about their responsibilities with the aim of making a positive commitment to sustainable societies, in the present and/or the future
- To strengthen the capacity of young people to take action
- To understand how public institutions function, and their complexity, by means of a dialogue with local, national and European elected members
- To strengthen European citizenship
The realisation of their commitment:
- Together, the young delegates have written an Open Letter to Decision Makers. This letter has been presented at the closing ceremony of the event on the 16th of May to Connie Hedegaard, Commissioner for Climate Action, Michel Lebrun, Belgium Deputy and Member of the Committee of the Regions, Staffan Nilsson, President of the European Economic and Social Committee, Patrick Lusson, Director of the Rhône-Alpes Delegation in Brussels, and Pierre Calame, President of the Foundation Léopold Mayer.
- They have developed tools and media – posters, videos, press releases, flash mobs etc. – to communicate their commitments and invite the politicians to join them. These different tools will then be presented to the elected members and other local decision makers, as a means of bringing these commitments and these actions to life.
The highlight of the conference, the 16th of May: the Open Letter to Decision Makers has been translated into a choreographed body percussion flash mob, that has been performed just after the closing ceremony on the square in front of the European Parliament at 17h45. The public was a mixture of young people, European deputies, tourists... A very strong, emotional and happy moment of the Conference (see photos and video on the conference twitter, blogue and facebook page).
The next step:
A smaller delegation will represent the voice of European youth at the Rio+20 Earth Summit next June.
14th of May - opening ceremony, workshops on different themes: transport, energy, solidarity, natural resources, biodiversity, consumption etc.
15th of May - field trips and discussions with elected members and representatives of the European Union, collaborative production of communication tools and media, introduction to body percussion for the creation of the flash mob
16th of May- creative workshops, closing ceremony, presentation of the Open Letter to political decision makers and «percussion Letter» (Letter translated into body percussion)
17h45: Flash mob in front of the European Parliament
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- download the Open Letter to the Decision-Makers, written collectively by the European Youth on May 16, 2012, in Brussels
- download the flyer for the flashmob in front of the European Parliament on May 16th at 5.45 p.m.
- download the press release on the European conference
- download the press dossier of Monde Pluriel (in French)
- download the detailed programme for 14-16th May
Novembre 29, 2011
Baptiste and Silvia’s Speech at the Covenant of Mayors Ceremony
Last November 29, Baptiste and Silvia, two 17 years old students – one from France, one from Spain, both delegates at the International Conference of Brasilia in June 2010 – made a speech at the European Parliament during the opening session of the Covenant of Mayors Ceremony. The Covenant of Mayors is a European movement gathering thousands of European mayors that committed themselves to reduce their city’s CO2 emissions over 20% by 2020. The Covenant addressed Monde Pluriel to find two committed young persons to give a message to the mayors participating to this event. Their speech was very appreciated and they showed they were excellent speakers. The Covenant of Mayors and the Committee of the Regions thank them very much, since their words brought a spirit of optimist at a moment of economic crisis, being a priority, and putting aside part the environmental challenges. Once at home, Baptiste was welcomed by the mayor of his city.
You can watch the video by clicking on this link (go to the 5th minute – click on the language of your choice)
Read the Speech (in French only or Spanish going on the Spanish version)