The European Environmental Bureau, Friends of the Earth Europe, the Institute for European Environmental Policy, and the European Youth Forum are organising an interactive hybrid workshop to co-create an ambitious agenda for resource justice. The hybrid event (online attendance possible) will take place on Monday 26 September at Silversquare Europe, Brussels from 09:00-13:00 CEST.
Our core ecological problem is not climate change, the organisers write in the event announcement. “It is overconsumption, and climate change is a symptom. Our current system extracts, produces, consumes and wastes much faster than Earth’s resources and nature can regenerate. Europe’s material footprint – the total amount of fossil fuels, biomass, metals and minerals consumed, including in imports – is double a sustainable level.”
Yet, as stated in the invitation, absolute reduction of resource demand and consumption largely remains a blind spot in the European Green Deal and national climate and energy strategies. “Demand-side measures that seek to address and remedy the inequitable overconsumption of natural resources in the service of preserving biodiversity and fighting the climate and energy crisis is the elephant in the room.”
Limited spots available both off- and online. Registration is possible until Monday 12th September.
09:00-9:30 Registration and light breakfast
09:30-09:35 Introduction and welcome
09:35-10:10 Setting the scene and presentations of current work. Confirmed and tbc input include from the Institute for European Environmental Policy, the Belgian government, SYSTEMIQ and Institute for Energy and Environmental Research
10:10-11:50 Interactive action lab, delving into political necessities and opportunities, challenges of taking next steps and how to overcome
11:50-12:00 Summary and closing
12:00-13:00 Lunch and networking