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Youth Forum: Nature speaks to youth and youths speak about nature

In partnership with Debating Europe and Friends of Europe

4 June 2015 - 18:15-19:30  

A rapidly growing global population, with its escalating need for of food, housing, transport, energy and other resources, is exerting excessive pressure on the Earth's ecosystems, resulting in pollution, climate change, resource scarcity, but also a significant loss in biodiversity.

Why should everyone value biodiversity? What is being done to make current lifestyle and consumption patterns more sustainable? How can we help developing countries preserve their biodiversity? What shift in business models is needed to encourage reusing, remanufacturing and recycling? With 75% of Europeans living in or around urban centres, what can cities do to improve the environmental conditions and become environmentally resilient? What role should national governments and the EU play?
This Youth Forum will bring together policymakers and youth to engage in a debate discussing nature and solutions to secure a sustainable future for future generations. It will follow an online debate hosted by Debating Europe about nature and biodiversity.

Co-moderated by:

Hans Bruyninckx, Executive Director at the European Environment Agency (EEA), and

Tamsin Rose, Stategic Advisor at Friends of Europe

Youth Representatives:

Christian Schwarzer, Member of the Steering Committee of the Global Youth Biodiversity Network and Youth Ambassador for the UN Decade on Biodiversity

Leanne Tough, Member of the Phoenix Group of the Royal Society for the Protection of Birds (RSPB)

Maddy Bartlett, Founding Chair of the Bristol Nature Network

Benedek Jávov, MEP, Vice-Chair of the European Parliament Committee on the Environment, Public Health and Food Safety to the Youth Forum

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