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Youth and Environment Europe (YEE)

Prague, Czech Republic
Joined May 2022

It aims to unite environmental youth non-profit organisations in Europe. Its goals are to mitigate the climate crisis by raising awareness and building capacity among youth on the climate crisis

Presence in: Czech Republic
Focus: Environmental Justice, Ethnic / Religious Minorities' Rights, Indigenous Peoples' Rights, Legal Aid & Public Interest Law, LGBTQI+ Rights, Policy Advocacy, Right to Information, Women's Rights

Youth and Environment Europe (YEE) is the largest independent European network of environmental youth organisations. Since 1983, YEE has been raising awareness on environmental conservation and the climate crisis; enhancing international cooperation among its members and strengthening youth participation in climate and environmental decision-making processes across Europe. YEE now has 42 members in 30 European countries. YEE strives to connect and empower key youth stakeholders to tackle the climate crisis. Involved in national, EU, European, and global forums and covering topics including climate change and environmental law already in its work, YEE is dedicated to empowering youth and uplifting their voices, and is making specific efforts to support those from marginalised communities and countries outside of the European Union.
YEE is the sole youth board member of the European Environmental Bureau (EEB); a member organisation in Climate Action Network Europe (CAN-E); the founding member of Generation Climate Europe (GCE), which is the largest coalition of youth-led NGOs demanding for more ambitious climate action from the EU; an accredited member in the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) and hosts the European Regional Facilitator of its Children and Youth Major Group; a member of the European Youth Forum (YFJ); and is actively involved in YOUNGO, EU4Ocean Coalition, Global Youth Biodiversity Network (GYBN) and the EU Climate Pact.
YEE has been engaging in environmental law work since early 2021 and has been building up capacity and interest in this field. Starting with the ‘Lights on Aarhus’ project on the revision of the Aarhus Regulation, we have been a youth voice on access to justice and environmental law capacity-building. Following this, through the ‘Legal Seeds’ project, we have been able to build a broader strategy on environmental law awareness-raising, capacity-building, empowerment and networking.

People Associated With This Organization

Agnes Gkoutziamani

Greece  
Youth and Environment Europe (YEE)
Joined May 2022
Interests: Environmental Justice, Ethnic / Religious Minorities' Rights, Indigenous Peoples' Rights, Legal Aid & Public Interest Law, LGBTQI+ Rights, Policy Advocacy, Right to Information, Women's Rights
I am Agnes, I am from Greece but now I am doing my Master's degree in Energy and Climate Law in Groningen, The Netherlands. I have graduated from Law School in Thessaloniki, Greece and also have another Master's degree in International and European Legal Studies. I work as Policy Coordinator in YEE by being mainly focused on our environmental law project (which focuses on building capacity on environmental law, climate litigation, access to justice/ access to information/public participation) but also in the sustainable energy project (focus on different angles of energy issues - including the FF55 package) and in advocacy & policy matters. Additionally, we are working on the intersectionality project, by examining the relationship between the environment and different marginalized communities, like BIPOC people, Indigenous people, LGBTQI+, Women, Roma and other minorities. By joining the network I expect to network with other organisations and experts who have the same aspirations as me and YEE on building capacity on legal issues, especially the ones that are closely related to the environment and climate change. Apart from that, I believe that by joining this network I will be able to build a bridge between YEE, which is the biggest youth network for the environment in Europe with other organisations which are more legal oriented and therefore strengthening our work on legal matters but also bringing a youth perspective to the other members of the Legal Empowerment Network.
Agnes Gkoutziamani is the network champion (main point of contact) for Youth and Environment Europe (YEE).

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