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Reports & guides | 31 October 2022

Communicating climate justice with young adults in Europe

This report – and accompanying webinar recording – explore how young people across Europe understand and respond to climate justice messaging, alongside key insights and recommendations for how advocates can more effectively and powerfully communicate climate justice.

The concept of climate justice brings a lens of social equity and historical responsibility to climate change, and in the lead up to COP27 an increasingly powerful movement is calling for reparations for loss and damages resulting from climate change.

But what do young people across Europe think about climate justice, and what do they understand about reparations for loss and damage, and about systemic change and power? What do they feel about and how do they respond to messaging which focuses on these issues?

This report is the culmination of a two-year research project drawing on a survey of over 6,000 young adults and 20 in-depth workshops across a number of European countries. The report findings are summarised in an accompanying Executive summary.

An insight blog by our Advocacy Communications programme lead, Robin Webster, also highlights key report findings and takeaways.

This report and webinar are part of SPARK, a four-year European Commission funded project to build the awareness, capacity and active engagement of European Union citizens, particularly young adults, with efforts to bring about climate justice.

Robin Webster and Dr Amiera Sawas – with a guest introduction from Daze Aghaji, a climate justice activist – share key insights from this report, and provide clear recommendations for how advocates can more effectively and powerfully communicate climate justice.

This research was mentioned in media interviews during COP27: Deep Basu Ray on Deutsche Welle; Amiera Sawas on TRT World. The report insights were also brought into a COP27 event at the Italy Pavilion.

Other coverage can be seen in the Covering Climate Now newsletter, and German online newspaper, taz.

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