The first steps towards an Action Plan
Much more has to be done to achieve a sustainable Nordic and Baltic Sea Region. Knowing youth is key in achieving the UN 2030 Agenda, the ReGeneration 2030 movement gathered around 110 participants at the second annual Summit on the Åland islands. It was a big step forward in concretising an action plan for climate smart lifestyles.
Aiming to act as a powerful platform for building a movement around the Agenda 2030, the Summit gathered around 70 youth delegates and 40 observers from 13 out of 14 countries and autonomous regions in the Nordic and Baltic Sea Region*. This year’s Summit focused on climate smart lifestyles, being one of the most topical questions following the international Fridays For Future Movement.
- By promoting more conscious lifestyles, the young generation will put pressure on businesses to shift business models and eventually the way governments finance the welfare, says Summit Contact Person Simon Holmström.
- Achieving sustainability requires a dramatic change in the economic model, adds Chair Tatiana Lanshina.
Solving these issues requires opportunities for inter-generational dialogue. The Summit was opened by Sigurður Ingi Jóhannsson, the Icelandic Cooperation Minister leading the Icelandic presidency of the Nordic Council of Ministers. Workshops and facilitators joined from Stockholm Environmental Institute, Council of Baltic Sea States, UN Youth Finland, Nordic Food Lab, the Åland Sustainability Movement “Bärkraft.ax”, Åland Peace Institute, Medveten Konsumtion (The Swedish Association of Responsible Consumption), Ålandsbanken, the City of Mariehamn, Green Liberty and School of Practical Sustainability.
During the Summit the youth participants worked with facilitators in six different themes to identify challenges and solutions. After the presentations from each group in the Åland Parliament on Monday, the Steering Committee summarised the outcomes in the following terms:
1) Food Waste: Addressing our individual understanding of ‘best before’ markings, critical thinking, and the importance of education and information.
2) Green Fashion: Raising awareness around the impact of clothing production and engaging governmental stakeholders in discussions regarding legislation.
3) Zero Waste: Using the 5R-framework (Refuse, Reduce, Reuse, Recycle, Rot) with emphasis on refuse and reduce. Engage through visual communication.
4) Circular Economy: Focus on online platforms to push for more educational initiatives and the creation of an open letter to decision-makers encouraging their support.
5) Everyday Private Consumption: Grow the Movement of ReGeneration 2030 to reach more people and engage youth in different campaigns such as White Monday.
6) Healthy and sustainable food systems: Address and engage Nordic Council of Ministers and other regional decision-makers to gather support for local food producers.
The Steering Committee will be taking the lead on defining next actions and priorities for the movement and engaging all the participants to take action in their local communities.
*The region includes: Denmark, Estonia, the Faroe Islands, Finland, Germany, Greenland (not represented at the Summit), Iceland, Latvia, Lithuania, Norway, Poland, Russia, Sweden and the Åland Islands.