Inclusion to shape our common future

We need to include everyone in creating our common future. When excluding marginalized groups such as youth and indigenous people we are missing importance perspectives.

Including a variety of viewpoints from different groups is vital in making decisions for the future because studies consistently demonstrate that having a mix of voices leads to more creative solutions and long-lasting results. Embracing the diversity of various experiences ensures a full understanding of complicated issues, building a society that considers the needs and goals of everyone involved.

WE WILL INCLUDE YOUTH. We need to include everyone in creating our common future. – HEART 17 Manifesto

From the first Heartbeat Conference, Andreas Magnusson easily describes why youth needs to be included - everything else, when we talk of about the future is wrong.

According to the findings of a new report by the EY organization in collaboration with JA Worldwide, one of the world’s largest youth-serving NGOs. All generations surveyed said they were willing to take steps to combat climate change, such as eating less meat, recycling or choosing to reduce air travel. However, younger generation respondents lagged other generation respondents in their preparedness to act. Gen X (64%) and millennials (65%) were “extremely” or “very” willing to make changes in their daily life to be more sustainable, while less than half of Gen Alpha respondents (43%) and Gen Z respondents (44%) were prepared to make the same commitment.

"Young people are not only future world leaders but also today’s leading voices for sustainability and climate justice. But they need the help of older generations, educators and corporations to learn how to become more knowledgeable through trusted sources, how to advocate effectively and how to partner with allies. Our most recent collaboration with EY highlights these needs and lays the foundation for helping Gen Z grow into their aspirations.” /Asheesh Advani, CEO of JA Worldwide

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EY Report: How can we empower the next generations to build a more sustainable future?

Above the Clouds report from 2023: The new cool — how Gen-Z redefines status through sustainability

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Alva Danielsson, Climate Live

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