Youth and Climate Change – Research and Debate Forum (June 26, 2023, ICS, UMinho)

In recent years, young people have taken on a leading role in the fight against climate change, whether through protests on the streets and in schools or in the public and digital debate. In order to better understand their motivations, opinions, and visions, this forum proposes to bring together six ongoing research and intervention projects.

The meeting will enable the presentation of projects that are being developed at the University of Minho, the University of Porto, and the ISCTE-IUL regarding the involvement of young people in climate change, as well as a debate on various dimensions of common interest.

In the morning session, the forum will be organized around presentations of six research projects and their main results. In the afternoon, it is intended to discuss cross-cutting topics, such as what motivates (or discourages) young people’s involvement in the climate debate, trends in individual and collective engagement, how young people’s modes of activism are perceived in the current context, and the relationship of young people with the media regarding climate change.

This event aims not only to share conclusions from studies already conducted but also to deepen the reflection on various modes of research in a joint learning process that can contribute to citizenship development.

Students, teachers, researchers, and the general community are invited to participate in this meeting.

Participation is preferably in person, but there will also be the possibility to attend virtually.

Registration (free of charge) is recommended until June 20, 2023, through this form.

The event is organised by the following projects:

EngageforSDG – Youth Engagement with the Sustainable Development Goals: Choosing Moral Arguments from News for Use in Debate (Funded by the Foundation for Science and Technology – EXPL/COM-JOR/1534/2021)

JustFutures – Climate Futures and Just Transformations: Young People’s Narratives and Political Imaginaries (Funded by the Foundation for Science and Technology – PTDC/COM-OUT/7669/2020)