New Delhi, October 20, 2021: “Our children and grandchildren will bear the brunt of the climate crisis. We owe it to them to raise our ambition and to act now” said Mr. Frans Timmermans, Executive Vice-President for the European Green Deal, European Commission in his keynote address at an in-person session on ‘Youth, Science and Climate Action’ organised by The Energy and Resources Institute (TERI) in collaboration with the European Union Delegation.
Emphasizing that “youth are the real climate leaders of today”, he reiterated that, “it is young people all over the world who ensure that us politicians keep the climate crisis high on our agenda. They are urging us to follow the science and heed the warnings of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change. They are one of the main reasons we have the European Green Deal now in place”. He also emphasized the need for the youth to be part not just of the discussions but also of the solutions.
The EU aims to be climate-neutral by 2050 – an economy with net-zero greenhouse gas emissions - and to reduce its emissions by 55% by 2030. This objective is at the heart of the European Green Deal and in line with the EU’s commitment to global climate action under the Paris Agreement.
Climate change is on the top of the political agenda of both the European Union and India. Both the EU and India are strong defenders of the Paris Agreement and are important players in addressing Climate Change and biodiversity loss. While there is already a strong convergence and cooperation in these areas, it would be important to further increased dialogue between EU and India, not just between officials but also involving the youth.
The session saw a selected group of youth representatives participate and interact with the Executive Vice President on a wide range of issues, including ambitious targets, net zero goals, adaptation and mitigation, green hydrogen and ensuring gender considerations in climate policy-making. Inaugurating the event, Dr. Vibha Dhawan, Director General of TERI said, “For a meaningful change in the society, we need to invest our time and resources in reaching out and seeking youth representation at all important global platforms hosting environment and sustainable development dialogues and deliberations”.
Moderating the Special Youth Session Mr. Manjeev Puri, Former Ambassador and Distinguished Fellow, TERI emphasised, “India and the European Union are natural partners in development and in climate action and sustainability”.
The Energy and Resources Institute (TERI) is an independent, multi-dimensional research organization, with capabilities in policy research, technology development, and implementation. It has pioneered conversations and action in the energy, environment, climate change, and sustainability space for over four decades. Headquartered in New Delhi, TERI has regional centres and campuses in Gurugram, Bengaluru, Guwahati, Mumbai, Panaji, and Nainital, supported by a multi-disciplinary team of scientists, sociologists, economists, engineers, administrative professional and state-of-the-art infrastructure.
EU-TERI: The EU and TERI have been cooperating on areas such as resource efficiency, climate change, sustainable development and youth engagement. EVP Timmerman’s addressed the valedictory session of TERI’s World Sustainable Development Summit in February this year.