According to UNESCO: “.. ‘Youth’ is best understood as a period of transition from the dependence of childhood to adulthood’s independence and awareness of our interdependence as members of a community. Youth is a more fluid category than a fixed age-group.”
Through this platform we aim to share information and knowledge for and about sustainability in a way that can speak to all generations. Many times the way that sustainability topics are communicated is so complex and disheartening that the younger generations do not know how to engage with the materials and issues presented to them. It is our experience, however, that the younger generations care deeply about the wellbeing and future of our planet, and want to get actively involved in the decision-making processes for which they will inherit the outcomes.
In 2012 as part of large-scales dialogues for Sustainability to feed into the Rio+20 UN Conference ELIA-Ecological Living In Action facilitated specific dialogues for Children & Youth input. Click here to read the full report. Below some of the input that came from Children & Youth about the co-creation of a sustainable society and future:
Sustainability Dialogue with 80 students from the BEC secondary schools in Mauritius
“The students addressed relational topics, with striking emphasis on respect and unity (intercultural), cooperation/ collaboration, and sharing knowledge – “team spirit”. They brought up the need to change our collective behaviour which they see as lazy and complacent, and said that changing lifestyle is our greatest challenge because of fear of change, over-dependence, etc… They expressed the need to address societal and institutional challenges, putting the accent on corruption and equality sharing vs. wealth monopoly was mentioned in this context.The need for changing education came up at almost all tables there is too much competition and they want the chance to develop new skills, rather than just learning from books. More ecological awareness is needed on this topic they mentioned sensitising people, deforestation, recycling, limit fishing activities, preserve animals habitats.” (Source: The Rio+20 Global Dialogues Harvest Report for Mauritius, 2012, p.26)