December 2021 Session
The COVID-19 and climate crises are deeply interlinked: both have been borne out of industrial practices that are encroaching on our planetary boundaries and the collective health and wellbeing of animals and humans.
The COVID-19 crisis has not only revealed the direct link between the human encroachment on wildlife habitats and the transmission of deadly viruses from animals to humans, but also that air pollution is enhancing the mortality rate of the virus. Moreover, we know that the consequences of climate change and the dramatic loss of biodiversity we are witnessing are responsible for other major crises which we are and will continue to face at the global level.
We need a recovery that boosts the transition towards a greener, fairer, and more resilient world for future generations. A recovery that seizes the opportunity of once-in-a-generation public investments for the green and energy transition. A recovery where Europe is a leader in the fight against climate change. Now that the EU has a Recovery Plan, how can we ensure that its funds are going where they are needed the most? And what kind of collective future(s) can we now envision, together?
As the Greens, we believe that we need a recovery through an ambitious Green Deal, quality green jobs, and investments with green conditionalities. We are working to ensure that the recovery package and its national plans will act as a driving force towards a real transition to a more resilient and sustainable economic model; ensuring that we transition to renewable energies, phase out of coal by 2030, and achieve climate-neutrality as early as 2040.
Film: 15 December at 00:00 CEST – 16 December at 23:59 CEST
At age 15, filmmaker Slater Jewell-Kemker began attending environmental summits, camera in hand, wide-eyed and ready to make a difference. What began as a single journey evolved into an intimate and challenging documentary shot behind the front lines of the largely unseen and misunderstood Global Youth Climate Movement. Seen through the lens of Slater’s camera, Youth Unstoppable documents the struggles, events, and first-hand effects on the youth fighting to be heard at home and within the frustrating and complex process of UN Climate Change negotiations. From flood ravaged villages in Nepal to luxury hotels in Cancun, from the tailings ponds of the Alberta Tar Sands to the riots of Copenhagen, culminating with the intense and defining events at the 21st UN Climate Change Conference in Paris, Youth Unstoppable shows us a powerful vision for the future of our planet and the young people who will lead us there.
Director: Slater Jewell-Kemker
Duration: 89 minutes
Subtitles: English, German, French, Italian and Spanish.
Access: due to distribution rights, this screening is only accessible in Europe.
Debate: 16 December at 19:30 CEST
There is an urgency to act on climate change, and we know we need to do more. Following the screening of the documentary ‘Youth Unstoppable’, we hosted a debate on Thursday 16 December at 19:30 CET. We wanted to reflect on how the Global Youth Climate Movement has been instrumental in bringing the climate fight to the forefront of public attention and politics. Thanks to the struggle of several generations of climate activists, those fighting for action on climate change are no longer sidelined and have prominent voices in public debate. Questions such us where is the climate movement now, how have the movement’s demands and tactics changed over time, and how will it continue to push for international solidarity and cooperation for climate action, were discussed during the event.
We were happy to have the participation of Slater Jewell-Kemker, Filmmaker, Director of Youth Unstoppable; Clara Winkler, Executive Committee Member, FYEG; Michael Bloss, Member of the European Parliament in the Greens/EFA Group; Sean Currie, Climate Activist; Mar Garcia, Secretary General, European Green Party; and moderated by Dr Sam Murray, Music Lecturer and EGP Amendments Committee Member.
At the end of the conversation, the participants enjoyed the new artistic spot from the organisation ‘Act for Tomorrow’, which painted the largest mural in the world that purifies the air in Constanta (Romania). The 2,000 square metre painting will neutralize about 95 kilograms of carbon dioxide per year.