22 June 2023

Building a Green and Just Future: Engaging Marginalized and Underrepresented Groups


The case for engaging marginalised and underrepresented groups in decision-making

Building a Green and Just Future: Engaging Marginalized and Underrepresented Groups


On June 22, 2023, the REAL DEAL project hosted an imperative online discussion, "Building a Green and Just Future: The Case for Engaging Marginalized and Underrepresented Groups," bringing to light the critical need for inclusive participation in shaping Europe's environmental policies. This event is part of our ongoing commitment to fostering a new model of environmental citizenship in Europe, centered on placing citizens at the heart of the decision-making process.

Deepening Our Understanding:

The environmental crisis demands urgent, collective action. Achieving a sustainable and equitable future for Europe necessitates the involvement of all citizens, especially those from marginalized and underrepresented communities whose voices are vital yet often overlooked in environmental decision-making.

Key Insights & Contributions:

Experts and practitioners from diverse backgrounds shared invaluable perspectives on integrating these essential voices into the participatory democracy framework of the European Green Deal. Key points included:

  • The unique knowledge of indigenous communities and their crucial role in sustainability.
  • The disproportionate impact of environmental issues on low-income and disadvantaged communities, highlighting economic and social barriers to participation.
  • The challenges people with disabilities face in engaging with environmental policy discussions.
  • The importance of incorporating the innovative views of young people, the future stewards of our planet.

This comprehensive discussion aimed to bridge gaps, recognizing that inclusivity means accounting for a wide range of experiences, including those affected by language barriers, social exclusion, or age.

Moving Forward Together:

Generating concrete ideas for more inclusive environmental policies and strategies, this discussion marked a step forward in our collective journey towards a more participatory and democratic approach to Europe's green transition. The engagement of all citizens, particularly those from marginalized groups, is not just beneficial but essential for creating effective and just environmental policies.

Watch the Webinar Again:

Missed the live discussion or wish to revisit the insightful contributions? Watch the session again in the link further below to deepen your understanding of the importance of inclusive environmental citizenship and how we can collectively work towards a sustainable future for all.

Join Us in Taking Action:

This event is a call to action for everyone within the REAL DEAL community and beyond. We urge you to continue the conversation, share the insights gained, and advocate for inclusive environmental decision-making processes. Together, we can build a green and just future for Europe, where every voice is heard, valued, and acted upon.