Progressive Outlook on Structural Change of the Energy Sector through Youth Empowerment
What impact does the “Energiewende” (energy transition) have on the lives of young people in lignite areas? What does a transition mean for their regions? Which futures do these regions have? How can future generations take part in the change?
The withdrawal from emission rich coal energy technology to achieve various political goals poses both risks and opportunities.
Doubts about the viability of coal as energy source are becoming louder due to the negative impacts of coal on the environment and climate. Nevertheless, as some cases show, the withdrawal from coal can open the chance to thrive a renewable energy sector and to spurn new investments in these regions (e.g. in new forms of tourism).
The Friedrich-Ebert-Stiftung (FES) will host a one-week interdisciplinary Autumn Academy in Leipzig, which will explore and discuss benefits and risks of coal energy from ecological, economical and socio-political angles. The aim is to develop a progressive outlook on opportunities and risks of structural change in major coal and lignite coal bases of Southern and Central Eastern Europe. It is therefore important that the perspective of young adults on their current situation and on their views on the future of their regions is embedded in any decision-making process, as they will be directly affected. Furthermore, their innovative power is needed to create change that effectively increases human well-being and to devise a sustainable future.
The Friedrich Ebert Stiftung (Foundation) is pleased to invite 40 participants from different countries and lignite areas in Europe to Leipzig, Germany, from September 26 to October 3, 2015. Application Deadline: August 15, 23:59 GMT +1.
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The Friedrich Ebert Foundation will cover all expenses including accommodation and travel costs.