Democracy and participation, Education

Young visions for alternatives in coal regions


Who is behind this?

Dan Heuer

Centre for Transport and Energy


Who is joining forces?

Friends of the Earth-CEPA


Friends of the Earth Hungary (Magyar Természetvédők Szövetsége - MTVSZ)


Polish Green Network (Polska Zielona Siec – PGN)


Idea Sketch


Idea pitch

A clean and green Europe depends on us moving away from coal. Young people are the ones whose well-being depends on today's decisions in coal mining regions. Despite this fact, decision makers usually don´t ask them about their opinion or consider their ideas. We will give the stage to the youths so they can envision the future according their dreams. Then we will help them to develop and guide their project ideas to have their voices heard on the national level as well as the European level.

Where will your idea take place?

Ústecký region, CZ,
Prievidza, Upper Nitra, SK,
B.A.Z county, HU
Rybnik, PL, Konin PL

Why does Europe need your idea?

This idea will show youths how they can get involved in the discussion and be directly part of the European project. It will enhance their abilities to plan and improve their region. Involving youths will positively affect the future participation of their parents.

What is your impact?

Young people will be empowered, and support the European project, as they see their ideas communicated to, and considered by decision makers on national and EU level. Local communities will feel they can be in control of their shared destiny. Youths´ opinion will be an integral part of the Platform.

How do you get there?

Number of professionally facilitated participatory workshops will be organized at schools in coal regions
The project ideas will be recommended to regional redevelopment councils to ensure public participation on official agenda of transformation or used for shadow action plans
Support with development and financing will be also provided from us
We will formulate common “young vision” of the future of coal regions and communicate on national and EU level (Coal Platform) via networks and media

What is your story?

We will demonstrate that community power means more democratic and empowered communities. The youths have today a stake in the future of their regions and we want to make sure they also have a say in that future.
The involvement of youths also ensures innovation and supports long-term changes.

Who are you doing it for?

On one hand, this project focusing on students in coal regions, gives them the stage to be involved in planning and implementation: this is their future. On the other hand all citizens from the regions will benefit from and be inspired by the young minds since we will share skills among ourselves.

What do you need from the Advocate Europe community?

We would like to know best practices of public participation, in particular in coal mining regions in transition and international sharing of outcomes. Comments and feedback, especially outside our Central and Eastern European and German perspectives, would be very welcome.


Dan Heuer

Juraj Melichar

Idea created on Jan. 15, 2018
Last edit on Jan. 16, 2018

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