2022 is the European Year of Youth which aims to help young Europeans build a future that is greener, more inclusive and more digital.
The year offers opportunities to learn, share a vision, meet people and engage in activities all over Europe and the European Commission, in collaboration with the Global Youth Biodiversity Network (GYBN), is launching a new campaign called The Green Track.
The idea is to mobilise young people across Europe ahead of COP15, the major UN Biodiversity Conference scheduled for this summer, where a new global framework for nature protection will be agreed.
“By harnessing the passion and drive of young Europeans, we can put nature and biodiversity on a sustainable path to recovery,” said Commissioner for the Environment, Oceans and Fisheries Virginijus Sinkevičius. “This is the goal at the heart of the Green Track campaign, amplifying the voices of European youth and engaging them in the implementation of the European Green Deal. The European Green Deal is our strategy for people and the planet. I encourage all young Europeans to follow the Green Track, and help implement its vision.”
Climate change, biodiversity loss and pollution are all interconnected and mutually reinforcing, with major negative impacts on health, the economy and the natural world. At COP15, world leaders are expected to agree on a new post-2020 Global Biodiversity Framework and the EU is ready to lead efforts and work with like-minded partners to achieve an ambitious global agreement to halt biodiversity loss.