Deal with it!

European Youth engages for a green future

The youth is the key to solve current and future challenges of the world. Within the EU project „DEAL with it!“, implemented from December 2021 until January 2023, their engagement and perspectives will be brought into focus by a consortium composed of ÖFSE from Austria, Artemisszió from Hungary, NaZemi from Czech Republic and EPiZ from Germany.

[Translate to Englisch:] Deal Jugendkonferenz Foto: Philine Zech Photograph

For this, high school students get involved. They gather knowledge and inspiration. They learn about the European Green Deal and the necessity of cooperation on a global level to achieve a sustainable and fair transformation. An understanding of EU policy processes also helps to encounter political disenchantment and euroscepticism. Building on this foundation, youth delegations of the four project countries elaborate a joint „Youth Declaration for a sustainable and inclusive Europe“, which they hand over to EU politicians and share with the broad public during an online exhibition. All project stages are facilitated by international experts from different disciplines and backgrounds.

Learn: Gather knowledge and inspiration during living libraries (December 2021-April 2022)

Living Libraries are one of the participatory event formats of the project and are carried out in all four partner countries. During a living library the students meet „living books“: Activists, politicians and scientists in the field of international climate policies provide their expertise and experience to the students. The „safe space“ of a library provides the opportunity to learn from each other, to reflect and form opinions, perspectives and visions. Living libraries stand for learning processes, exchange and deliberation on equal terms and close to real life.

► Photo Gallery: Living Library Brno

► Video: Jindřiška Polišenská about the Living Library Brno

► Review: Living Library Vienna

► C3-Radio: "Let’s come together and DEAL with it!"

[Translate to Englisch:] Living Library in Brno (© NaZemi)

Shape: Further steps towards the „Youth Declaration for a sustainable and inclusive Europe“ (May 2022-July 2022)

In the course of a joint online workshop and the European Youth Conference in Vienna in the C3 – Centre for International Development youth delegations work on defining and articulating their demands of a vision of a sustainable future. Supported by professional guidance, space for discussion and cooperation they elaborate the „Youth Declaration for a sustainable and inclusive Europe“ facilitated by Graphic Recording. Within a public presentation at the end of the youth conference they present their illustrated Youth Declaration to the public and get feedback from representatives of climate, education and sustainability politics.

► Photo Gallery: Youth conference Vienna

Video: Let's come together and deal with it!

► Review: Youth conference Vienna

► Review: Presentation of the Deal with it! Youth Declaration

[Translate to Englisch:] Public Presentation of the Youth Declaration Deal with it! (c) Philine Zech Photography

Involve: Summit during the Czech EU Presidency (October 2022)

After one year in the project the students finalized their Declaration for a sustainable and inclusive Europe. At a three-day summit in Ochoz u Brna they presented their work to the political representatives Ladislav Miko, David Oplatek, Oldřich Sklenář and Ernst Holzinger. The declaration on social justice, mobility, economy, education and policy making marks an enormous achievement of the students. At this point, they gained the competencies to translate their needs into demands and to collect and articulate those demands in a consensual deliberation process as EU citizens.

► Photo Gallery

► Making-of (YouTube Video)

► Declaration (pdf)

► C3-Radio

Photo (c) NaZemi

Share: Online exhibition for public involvement (November 2022-January 2023)

During the grand opening of the online exhibition DEAL with it! The Voice of Youth for a Sustainable Future on December 15th 2022 the students guided over 100 international visitors through the collection of their project results. They presented photos, videos, infographics and art works on the topics social justice, mobility, economy, education and policy making as well as the heartpiece of the project, the Youth Declaration for a sustainable and inclusive Europe. The free and indefinite access of the online exhibition guarantees that the dedication and the vision of the students reaches and inspires as many young people as possible across Europe beyond the formal project end of “DEAL with it!“.

Screenshot Online Exhibition


[Translate to Englisch:] Logos Projekt DEAL
[Translate to Englisch:] Co-funded by the Europe for Citizens programme of the European Union