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Intergenerational dialogue

Youth - 13.05.2008

Young people get involved in urban transport
The "Youngsters Overhaul today's Urban Transport Habits" (YOUTH project) is a platform for young people in the age of 10 - 18 to participate in the current debate of urban transport habits, the ongoing energy. crisis and environmental problems all over Europe.
With this project, young people have their say about renewable and energy efficiency in transport. In Berlin (Germany), Bucharest (Romania), Gdynia (Poland) and Rotterdam (The Netherlands) they participate with youthful ideas and recommendations to local transport policies and urban development.
Pupils work on ideas and projects from their point of view in the frame of a youth competition. As YOUTH reporters they produce their own articles, presentations and movies. Realistic ideas of future urban transport solutions are then implemented into urban transport planning and detailed policy measures.
YOUTH aims on one hand to change attitudes and habits of young people and to involve them as promoters and campaigners for renewables and energy efficiency in their neighborhoods. On the other hand, politicians and administrations are expected to realize their recommendations in a process of urban transport planning, as far as possible.
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