YEYS 2020

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Due to the COVID-19 outbreak, we are sorry to announce that YEYS 2020 as such, scheduled for Thursday 19 and Friday 20 March, has been cancelled. 

The decision was taken in the interest of everybody's health and safety, which is now the utmost priority for our Committee, in the context of the current Coronavirus circumstances. 


YEYS2020 – Video Competition

Inspired by the Creative ideas for a green world competition, we asked the YEYS2020 participants to send us a video of 1 minute with their idea on how to tackle climate change.

The videos were ranked by each delegation and one student from each of the first two winner delegations, will be able to join us during the European Youth Event (EYE), which will be held in autumn. 

Based on the rankings, the school that received most of the votes is Gimnazija "Svetozar Marković", from Novi Sad, Serbia. CONGRATULATIONS!

The students proposed using landfill gas for energy, therefore transforming the waste into resources.

The second most voted video, was sent to us by the Freiherr-vom-Stein-Gymnasium from Lünen, Germany. CONGRATULATIONS!

The students from Germany proposed the Our Climate, Our Future truck, which produces food through renewable energies and raises awareness regarding climate change. 

Thank you to all the participating schools and their creative ideas!

Background before COVID-19

Youth's COP Simulation

Climate change is on everyone's mind, and young people all over the globe are mobilising to save the planet. The European Economic and Social Committee is joining the movement and asking the young participants at YEYS for the best way forward in protecting our planet.

This year's event will model an international climate change conference (COP).

The Committee is interested in hearing students' fresh ideas on how to deal with the current climate crisis and how to come closer to meeting the 2050 climate-neutral ambitions.

Students will be asked to represent a country and negotiate with each other, in order to come up with recommendations to stop climate change.

These recommendations will be submitted to international environment policy-makers and discussed at conferences around Europe throughout the year.

During YEYS, the students will also be put in contact with international youth organisations that will help them translate these recommendations into concrete measures and make their voice heard.

Creative ideas for a green world!

Before meeting in Brussels, the delegated students, together with their classmates or schoolmates, will prepare a creative and out of the box idea on how to tackle climate change (as an individual, school, town, etc).

This way, not only the delegated students can be involved, but also classmates or schoolmates, working together in creating inspiring solutions for a green environment.

At the conference, the 3 delegated students will pitch the idea of their class or school in 1 minute and the best idea will be voted by the 102 students taking part in the event. 

The winner of the pitch will be able to attend the EYE2020 event in Strasbourg! Please find more information on the event here:

A visual can accompany the pitch, but PowerPoint presentations are not recommended.

The presentation of ideas and the vote will be live on Facebook, so the whole class can follow!