The youngest generation will be the ones most affected by today’s political inaction. Our generation will experience the full effects of climate change and environmental damages. Young people are eager to commit themselves to create change and we want our voices to be heard. It is time for the European institutions to listen to us.
Generation Climate Europe
A platform for youth-led projects tackling climate change and environmental issues in Europe
"I have been inspired by the passion, conviction and energy of the millions of our young people ... it is our generational duty to deliver for them."
U. von der Leyen
What we do
Generation Climate Europe (GCE) is the first environmental coalition of the main youth-led organisations and networks active at the European level. We work to ensure that the EU always recognises and promotes the interests of young people in Europe. We are facing a climate emergency and strong action is required. Our diversity is our strength and we have decided to unite to better represent youth in environmental and climate change issues at the European levels. Our coalition will target all relevant bodies of the EU.
Our Priorities for 2019 / 20
The EU Takes Stronger Climate Action
This is no longer the time for shallow statements and unfulfilled promises. We need concrete and drastic actions to tackle the current climate crisis. If we do not take urgent action to reduce our emissions and our overall impact on the planet, then it will be impossible to limit warming to 2ºC, let alone 1.5ºC. This will severely threaten our future and will be especially impactful on young people. We demand that EU leaders face the fact that we are in a crisis and demonstrate their commitment with strong policies. We demand climate mainstreaming, so that all decisions are evaluated on their environmental impact, considering any and all environmental issues.
Europe Needs to Listen to Its Youth
Climate change and the environment are priorities for young Europeans. After months of global strike action, young people have demonstrated their concern for climate change. It is us, the youth, that will carry the burden of the current political inaction. Young people want to have our opinions considered in the decision making process. The EU has a responsibility to listen to its young people. It is vital that we are consulted and that our voices are heard. We demand to be included in the policy-making process, to be represented in the main meetings and that Commissioners regularly meet with representatives of the youth.
Who we are
AEGEE is one of Europe’s biggest interdisciplinary student organisations, striving for a democratic, diverse and borderless Europe. As a non-governmental, politically independent, and non-profit organisation AEGEE is open to students and young people from all faculties and disciplines. Founded in 1985 in Paris, today AEGEE has grown to a Network of 13,000 AEGEEans, present in 161 cities in 40 countries all over Europe.
The Erasmus Student Network (ESN) is one of the biggest student organisations in Europe. Present at over 1000 Higher Education Institutions, it unites over 520 local associations in 41 countries. ESN works for the creation of a more mobile and flexible education environment by supporting and developing student exchanges from different levels and providing an intercultural experience.
The European Students’ Union (ESU) is the umbrella organisation of 45 National Unions of Students (NUS) from 39 countries. ESU promotes the interests of students at the European level towards all relevant bodies, particularly the EU, Bologna Follow Up Group, Council of Europe and UNESCO. ESU represents almost 20 million students in Europe.
FIMCAP is the international federation of catholic parochial youth movements, but even more a family of youth workers, youth and children all over the world. FIMCAP aims to unite and support member organizations, to help tackle the specific needs of young people all over the world. Finally, to be a voice for young people in international institutions.
IYNF is an international organisation bringing together Young Nature friends and their organisations across Europe. It was established in 1975 and currently has 16 member and 10 partner organisations. With more than 120.000 young members organised in over a thousand local groups, it is one of the major European youth organisations.
The Organising Bureau of European School Student Unions (OBESSU) is the umbrella organisation of national school student unions active in general secondary and secondary vocational education in Europe. Founded in 1975, it brings together organisations from across Europe, promoting equal access to education, solidarity among students and enabling exchanges of experience and good practice among the national school students unions.
Youth and Environment Europe (YEE) is a platform of European youth organisations, from 26 countries, that are active in environmental protection. YEE aims to encourage youth participation in environmental protection and to provide a platform where organisations can work together.
If your organisation is interested in joining GCE please fill in the form, or get in touch via firstname.lastname@example.org.