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12 February, 2010

Young people in east London and Germany link up to tackle EU policies on climate change

Last week (3-5 February) students from Lammas School and Sports College, Leyton linked up with Gymnasium Hamm Europaschule, a school in Hamburg, Germany, as part of the Young Ideas for Europe project, an international project to raise awareness of the EU, which the Citizenship Foundation is a partner of. The young people learned about the EU and its environmental policies and, through debates and activities, were able to develop their own ideas about future policies. Throughout the project the students in London and Hamburg used a website platform to exchange their ideas and opinions.

A key consensus from the project was for the EU to get tougher on climate change and do more to tackle the problem now. The students particularly focused on improving transport policies, suggesting long-haul flight quotas for all EU members and improving public transport to make it more environmentally friendly and cost efficient. They also discussed car emissions and how regulation can provide information on how green a vehicle is.

The London students were involved in a role-play parliamentary debate where they took on the roles of different political parties to develop environmental policies for Europe. The debate culminated with a meeting with Mary Honeyball MEP, who joined the group for a lively debate about climate change and the environment, as well as a detailed discussion about Copenhagen and how it had not been as successful as it could have been. The students took the opportunity to present some of their ideas to Ms Honeyball to take to the next Parliament meetings. They were also keen to hear about the MEPs' role in public life and how she got in to politics

‘The project gave our students the opportunity to engage more deeply with the idea of Europe. They were challenged to develop their thinking on environmental issues and had the opportunity to feed back directly to the European Parliament through the visiting MEP'.
Paul Daintry, teacher at Lammas School

The project was run in partnership with IFOK, the coordinating body of Young Ideas for Europe from Germany. IFOK is a leading participatory consultancy with offices in Germany, Belgium and the USA. The Young Ideas for Europe project is an initiative of the Robert Bosch Stiftung and was hosted in London by the Citizenship Foundation.




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Media contact
Emma Doyle at the Citizenship Foundation, tel: 0207 566 4134 or email emma.doyle@citizenshipfoundation.org.uk

About the Citizenship Foundation
The Citizenship Foundation is an independent charity (no.801360) which aims to empower individuals to engage in the wider community through education about the law, democracy and society. Founded in 1989, it focuses on developing young people's citizenship skills, knowledge and understanding. Its work includes resources, training, active learning programmes, community projects and research. www.citizenshipfoundation.org.uk

About Young Ideas for Europe
Young Ideas for Europe, an initiative of Robert Bosch Stiftung, aims to establish a first European operational network which enables young people to meet and discuss political topics in a European context. The project describes a European-wide standardised format of school project weeks, which provide young people with the capacity and competences necessary to actively shape their future living space: Europe.



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