March 2023 – March 2024

The project “Youth for climate action and sustainable transport” focuses on strengthening the capacities of the association to involve young people in advocacy for climate action, with a focus on sustainable transport, through local youth councils and youth centers. Transport is one of the sectors that has a significant impact on climate change, with a tendency for increased participation (demand) in the future, and also a sector that directly affects young people and their daily lives.

Advocacy and knowledge about climate change and sustainable transport is insufficient, especially among young people. At the same time, the Law on Youth Participation and Youth Policies represents an opportunity for young people to get involved and influence local policies through youth councils and youth centers in municipalities, which are mandatory bodies for every municipality. Through the mobilization and education of young people for climate action and sustainable transport and their connection with youth councils and centers, influence can be directly exerted in the councils of municipalities and relevant local policies (budgets, GUPs, etc.)

The project will pay particular attention to vulnerable and marginalized youth and students whose parents come from poor families, as well as to the aspect of human (youth) rights and gender equality. They will be strengthened through the project the capacities of the association for mobilizing young people and their representation for climate action in municipal youth councils and youth centers, which will promote youth participation and democracy. Finally, the project will help the association in strengthening the capacities for strategic planning and will create a strategic plan for the next three years.

Objectives:
1. Strategic strengthening of the youth network and involvement of young people in advocacy of local climate policies, with a focus on sustainable transport
2. Involvement of youth in advocacy of local climate policies
3. Strengthening capacities in advocacy for climate action and sustainable transport
4. Preparation of a new strategic plan and program of the association

The project “Youth for climate action and sustainable transport” is part of the project “CGOs in action for climate change” implemented by Eco-svest, MZMP and CVNP supported by the Government of Sweden.