The 8th ‘Europe’s Youth as Partners for Sustainable Change’ event brought together 40 students from across Europe to the European Union in Brussels to express their opinions and share their ideas on climate change.
I felt very honoured to be part of this amazing experience and meet all these young and motivated people willing to make an impact for the future generations. During the 2 days of the Study Visit we had sessions with some members of the European People’s Party (EPP) and Committee of the Regions (CoR) like Michael Schneider (President of EPP- CoR), Cor Lamers (Mayor of Schiedam) and others. They talked about their work to tackle climate change in general and in specific regions across Europe like Macedonia, Spain and Netherlands.
Another main topic discussed during the sessions was about the events during and the outcomes of the COP23 in Bonn, and how young people can be meaningfully involved in climate action. Representatives from the European Democrat Students, Young European Federalists, The Good Lobby and Youth and Environment Europe helped us better understand some of the current issues and ongoing project, but also provided us a chance to make our voices heard.
The event ended with discussions about the work of European Parliament with one of their members, Eva Maydell and a tour of the impressive building where decision are taken within EU.
This fantastic opportunity is a great example of how young people can be involved at international level, but it was also a great networking experience as it allowed us to exchange contacts and build further collaborations.”
Bianca Olimpia Drotleff is a BSc (Hons) International Business and Management student at the Faculty of Management and Law.