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Sustainable consumption, the new norm.

Published on 20.09.2019 at 13:34

What should be the role of young people in the implementation of the sustainable development goals in the Nordic and Baltic regions? A group of young leaders passionate about sustainability decided to invite youth from 13 Nordic &Baltic countries to come together yearly on Åland Islands to generate answers or practical approaches to this question. Over the course of three days, around 100 youth meet with local and international politicians, activists, academics and business representatives in an intergenerational & intercultural dialogue during ReGeneration2030 Summits, with a focus on SDG-12 and SDG-13. 

 

During the first summit in 2018, the group agreed upon a manifesto to guide and promote their future work using the actual parliament as a venue, which provides participants the opportunity to experience how policy documents are drafted. The manifesto is a critique of using the resources of our planet as if they were infinite and sets the vision of "making sustainable production and consumption the new norm in the Baltic & Nordic regions." Today, we consume 1.7 Earths a year globally, over 3.1 Earths in Norway. High time to change that!

 

The 2019 Summit theme was “changing climate, changing lifestyles” and was dedicated to identifying challenges in six areas: zero waste, green fashion, everyday private consumption, circular economy, food waste, towards a healthy and sustainable food system. The group was challenged to come up with innovative ideas to tackle each one of them. E.g.: challenge yourself and some friends to host dinners: with local ingredients only, with plastic-free packaged products, or both!  ReGen 2030 is an ideal setting to discuss what, on many levels has to be done to make sustainable consumption the new norm.

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