The consciousness and knowledge on environment/climate change have incredibly increased in the last decade becoming one of the most discussed issues, at the same time the environmental challenges that contemporary society faces, such as combating climate change, pollution, loss of biodiversity, among many other threats, are progressively more complex, and active participation requires high competencies. The project INEQUALITIES MATTER aims at making Environmental citizenship more inclusive by giving voice to those citizens (migrants, ethnic minorities, vulnerable youth, and elderly people) that are normally excluded from the public debate and not taken into consideration when deciding on the actions to protect our planet and climate.
The project’s specific objectives are to:
- Include vulnerable and fragile categories in the discussion on environment and climate
- Clarify the environmental challenges and empower citizens on climate topics, accompany them in becoming environmental citizens
- Increase awareness of citizens on participatory methodologies, and incentivize them in raising their voices and actively participate in the decision-making process especially when tackling environmental topics
- Strengthen the inclusion and collaboration of all citizens
The project is expecting to achieve these goals by:
- stimulating peer learning and exchange of good practices among partners to strengthen their environmental competencies and their knowledge on participatory tools, with a focus on the techniques to foster the participation of marginalised group
- acting as multipliers and transfer knowledge and competencies to targeted groups with the purpose of create a working group to co-design participatory tools/pilot actions
- develop and test pilot actions aiming at introducing new more inclusive mechanisms where marginalized categories can find their room to be pro-active and protagonists of decisions and actions.
Project Coordinator: ALDA – ASSOCIATION EUROPEENNE POUR LA DEMOCRATIE LOCALE- France
Consortium: ADELANTE SOCIETA COOPERATIVA SOCIALE ONLUS – Italy, MUNICIPIO DE LOUSADA – Portugal, SDRUZHENIE YUNI PARTNERS – Bulgaria, THE HUB NICOSIA LTD – Cyprus, MITTETULUNDUSUHING PEIPSI KOOSTOO KESKUS – Estonia, STADT OBERHAUSEN – Germany
The project is co-funded by the CERV programme of the European Union.