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Reinforcing the European Youth Employment Policy with the European Green Deal

YESclima – Young experts for climate-friendly schools in Mediterranean countries

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Reinforcing the European Youth Employment Policy with the European Green Deal

by Hartwig Berger, Sekretariat für Zukunftsforschung

Together with the “World Future Council”, the EUKI-project YESclima has published a proposal addressed to the European Commission. As consequence of the Corona-crisis it is feared that unemployment will rise massively in all affected regions of Europe. In particular the exclusion of (not only!) the European youth from economic activities will increase.


It is urgent and necessary to act immediately on European level and in the member states against this. The already existing European Youth Guarantee has to be amplified, in order to develop an ambitious policy favouring youth qualification and employment. We propose to prepare young people for tasks and professions that are necessary for a sustainable and environmentally compatible future. The best and most convincing way to do this, will be programmes to train young people for jobs and activities that are in line with the European Green Deal.

(Not only) Europe needs urgently qualified women and men to realize the numerous tasks which are required for energy transition, for a climate-friendly mobility and climate-adaptation, for an environmental-friendly agriculture, forestry and for nature protection in general. It is absurd and unacceptable to swallow massive unemployment and social exclusion of young Europeans; if looking ahead, the EU and all member states should offer large opportunities to train them for participation in the imminent task of a European Green Deal and in a green recovery of their home-regions.

In our proposal we have

• elaborated our ideas for educational programs in technical “Green Skills” similar to offers in the German “dual system”, but focusing competence development and training in creativity , entrepreneurship and cooperative working.

• given particular attention on how to involve young Europeans (and refugees) without any work and professional qualification.

Because just these men and in particular women are suffering more and more seriously unemployment and social exclusion.
The proposal we have sent to the Commission should support the process of preparing new directives for youth employment. We have translated it in Greek and Spanish, the languages of the countries were the YES-clima project is implemented. We hope to initiate more and profound discussions and activities on how to involve the youth in the Green Deal and for their own sustainable future.

Read the full version of the proposal in EnglishSpanish Greek

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The Eco-E.A.R.T.H. Project of YESclima

YESclima – Young experts for climate-friendly schools in Mediterranean countries

Students of the YESclima project have developed a proposal for a center, combining environmental education, innovative energy, gardening and plastic recycling, with the motive that all these functions together will have an ecological and environmental-friendly impact on the surrounding area.

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Interview: Energy Audits, Youth Unemployment and Covid19

YESclima – Young experts for climate-friendly schools in Mediterranean countries

The EUKI project YESclima offers practical training for students on energy audits in buildings. Due to the spread of corona virus, the project work is now taking place online only.

The YESclima project trains young experts in energy audits. This saves costs and protects the climate.

Hartwig Berger with students

Combining Green Roofs with Solar Power and Cooling

YESclima – Young experts for climate-friendly schools in Mediterranean countries

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Combining Green Roofs with Solar Power and Cooling

by Hartwig Berger, Sekretariat für Zukunftsforschung

As a result of their study-trips in Berlin, the EUKI-YESclima teams from Athens and Cádiz have elaborated the general proposal “Smart Roofs” for cities in Southern Europe.


In our home regions we have to take care to reduce greenhouse gases and also for climate adaptation, in particular during extreme heat periods. Thus, our proposal is to combine the roof-greening of buildings with solar panels moving with the course of the sun, so giving more power during the day. The roofs shall be cultivated with plants, which are resistant against dryness, sowed in a soil mixed with material conserving rainwater, for example by extended clay. At the same time, the green zone on the top insulates the building to a certain extent and cools in hot periods the environment via the evaporation of the plants.

Hartwig Berger with students

Students of the YESclima project with Hartwig Berger. Photo: Sebastian Stragies

Because of serious periods of water scarcity to be expected in the near future, in the outside of the buildings we recommend “rainwater harvesting”: to collect the rain in artificial lakes of subterranean stores, to irrigate trees and plants in the surrounding and, more sophisticated, also for water flushing in toilets.

We think of combining the green solar roof with an innovative system of cooling buildings, which was elaborated and is at present tested by scientists in the universities of Sevilla and Cádiz. This system, named “CAVE” , seeks to exploit the possibilities of cooling by evaporation and ventilation, combined with a thermal insulation of the roof. This same concept was applied in the energy-audits which are elaborated by the YESclima team of Cádiz for schools in towns of the province. Now we think to propose it for urban buildings in general.

The cities in our home regions offer great opportunities, but have also to cope with dangerous weeks in summertime. The opportunity is the power of sun, giving much better results in generating electricity than in Northern European areas. The danger consists in extreme heat periods causing serious water crisis. Let us combine the fight against the growing climate crisis with our activities for better life quality in our cities.

Let´s go ahead.
Adelante.
Emprós

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