Youth organisations gave the Government input on climate policy, consumption and a high-level environmental meeting
Sweden’s young people are deeply committed to the issue of climate change. In recognition of their commitment, Minister for Environment and Climate Isabella Lövin met with representatives of ten youth climate organisations on 25 November to discuss climate ambitions and objectives for the high-level meeting Stockholm+50 from a young person’s perspective.
We are living in the midst of climate change. It is we human beings who bear the responsibility. The issue of climate change is no longer a distant problem for future generations. Pursuing an active climate policy is a question of solidarity with future generations, with all people throughout the world, and with the ecological system.
Sweden’s young people are strongly committed to the issue of climate change. The youth climate movement has repeatedly urged the Government and the Ministry of the Environment to make use of their valuable perspectives and experiences when formulating Sweden’s climate policy. As a step towards addressing climate challenges, Minister for Environment and Climate Isabella Lövin, State Secretary Eva Svedling and Ministry of the Environment staff met with representatives of ten Swedish youth climate organisations in a digital forum to discuss Sweden’s climate efforts and objectives for the high-level meeting Stockholm+50 from a young person’s perspective.
The questions for the meeting were what ambitious climate policy means at national, regional and global level, and what sustainable production and consumption within our planetary boundaries means. The input from the youth organisations to the Government and the Ministry of the Environment was clear: world leaders’ actions to combat global warming are inadequate and too slow. It is time to reprioritise from short-term economic growth to long-term well-being for everyone, and to take greater account of indigenous peoples’ collective knowledge – climate transition cannot come at their expense. It is the responsibility of the world’s politicians, not the individual or consumer, to reverse the negative trend and secure the climate transition.
The Ministry of the Environment will share the views, ideas and concerns expressed during the meeting with colleagues at the Government Offices in the next stage of the process. The input will also be incorporated into Sweden’s planning for the high-level conference Stockholm+50.
In preparation for the youth council on climate change, the Ministry of the Environment coordinated closely with NOD (national body for dialogue and consultation between the Government and civil society) and maintained a dialogue with the National Council of Swedish Youth Organisations.
The organisations that participated in the meeting were Fältbiologerna (Nature and Youth Sweden), Global Shapers, Climate Students Sweden, the National Council of Swedish Youth Organisations, PUSH Sweden, Sáminuorra, Guides and Scouts of Sweden, Svenska Kyrkans Unga (Church of Sweden Youth), we_change and WWF Sweden Youth. The youth representatives taking part in Sweden’s delegation to the UN climate negotiations played an active role before and during the meeting.