The session consisted of a debate around 4 issues :
Some participants felt that enough information is available about climate change and its impact on their region and community, but not on the required actions and solutions that can make a difference. Others highlighted the lack of information at local and regional level, and in school curricula.
Participants valued the vision of the Mission as an opportunity to build a better society in a united and prepared Europe. The increase in climate related migrations makes this even more relevant. The Mission should be just and empower Europeans to come up with solutions that go beyond the usual narrative.
There was overall support for innovations in the 5 key community systems and in particular “reviving rural landscapes and sustainable food systems”, “regenerating community and social infrastructure”, and “protecting human health and wellbeing”, in the light of the current Covid-19 crisis. Several participants suggested to consider “social justice” as a potential additional focus.
Communities and young people were seen as main drivers of the societal transformation towards a cleaner, greener and fairer world. The balance between climate change and livelihoods is a challenge but Europeans need to be aware of the risks posed by climate change and their power to drive the systemic transformation.
The feedback from this event will contribute to the orientation paper that the Mission board is currently working on.