'Davos for youth sustainability' starts in Baltic Sea

Citing an ambition to become "the Davos for the youth sustainability movement in the Nordic and Baltic Sea regions," an event with European Union backing titled 'ReGeneration Week' invites the general public to its sessions from 28-31 August.

The hybrid event is taking place on the Åland Islands in the Baltic Sea, with those in Latvia and elsewhere invited to join in online.

"To reach the goals in the UN Sustainability agenda by 2030, drastic change is needed, and the ReGeneration 2030 movement believes youth are the pioneers for this change. That is why the ReGeneration Week, with its bold mission, is a key event in the Nordic and Baltic Sea Regions. The theme for the ReGeneration Week 2021 is “ReThinking the System'', which highlights the need for a fundamental sustainable recovery after the pandemic," say organizers.

The list of speakers includes EU Commissioner Virginijus Sinkevičius, plus representatives of Greenpeace, Fridays for Future, and Fairtrade, among others.

"We are at a point in time where we must create a sustainable way of co-existing with the planet, respecting its boundaries that we are pushing and trespassing with our activities for a long time now. It’s not easy to change habits in our everyday lives. Yet being inspired and learning from each other can help us question our choices and try new, planet-friendly, alternatives. On that journey, the ReGeneration 2030 brings together motivated young people that want to be part of the green transition, build it, share it and mobilise others, including businesses and politicians, to think inclusively. These are the type of initiatives and dialogues our societies need right now. For a future where the climate crisis doesn’t threaten us anymore and nature, and biodiversity become part of our lives again," said EU Commissioner Virginijus Sinkevičius ahead of the event.

Due to the current covid-19 situation, the event will be a hybrid version, having both physical attendees and people participating through a streaming tool from all around the world. The Finnish public broadcasting company Yle will be on-site and stream highlights on its digital platform Yle Areena and you can also follow events via the dedicated Facebook page.

ReGeneration 2030 is a Nordic-Baltic youth movement whose main event is ReGeneration Week held on the Åland Islands. The movement aims at connecting youth, youth organizations, campaigns, and initiatives into one main platform for change. The ReGeneration Week is financed by a range of Nordic, Finnish, and Ålandic funders.

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