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The Youth Climate Agenda 3.0

The Youth
Climate
Agenda 3.0

Bigger, more complete and more ambitious than ever.

In the Youth Climate Agenda 3.0 you can read what young people want the Netherlands to look like in 2040. How do our economy and energy system work, how do we deal with nature and how do we live, travel, eat or learn?

It outlines an ambitious vision: a future dream of the young The Netherlands. A dream that not only contributes to reducing climate change, but that also makes the Netherlands a fairer country.

Because if we don’t know what our life should look like in 2040, how are we supposed to work towards it?

Economy

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Energy & Industry

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Biodiversity & Nature

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Education

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Food

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Housing

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Mobility

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The 7 themes

Based on these seven themes, we discuss how we can live sustainably in 2040. But beware: you cannot see these themes separately from each other. They are inherently linked by opportunities and challenges. For example, windmills and solar panels can take up space for nature, but also make more space for nature.

On our way to a livable future.

Economy

In 2040, our economy will work completely differently. Making money is important, but not the highest goal. Instead, it’s about happiness, health, fairness, and sustainability. Moreover, we do not only look at how we ourselves are doing, but also think about our influence on people on the other side of the world, future generations, and nature.
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Our lives are less about how much we can buy. We no longer need a new phone every year or a new outfit for every party. When we buy something, we pay the real price for it. We also borrow and rent. Because we work less, we have more free time for fun things like volunteering, friends, family, and hobbies.

The work we do, paid and unpaid, adds real value to the world. The companies we work for are committed to a mission in which the happiness and health of people and nature come first. This way, in 2040 we will live in a world where the economy is designed to stay within the limits of the planet and to give everyone the chance to be happy.

Energy & Industry

In 2040 our energy supply is completely sustainable. We no longer use fossil fuels, such as natural gas, coal and oil, and therefore no longer emit CO2. Our energy comes from renewable sources, mainly sun, wind and geothermal energy.
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This energy, in part, goes directly to our households and, in another part, is stored in sustainable energy carriers such as hydrogen. The industry has also completely switched to renewable energy sources.

In 2040 we are much more conscious of our energy. We generate it safely and produce, transport and store it with the least possible negative impact on people and nature. We use energy wisely and waste next to nothing. Where possible, we focus on saving energy because that is the most sustainable option. We do this, for example, by consuming less as citizens, so that the industry has to produce less. A win-win situation!

Biodiversity & Nature

In 2040 we live together with nature. It is no longer distant from us. Instead, we feel part of nature and take good care of it. Thanks to this changed relationship with nature, the amount of plant and animal species has increased again and there are more protected natural areas.
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There is no separation between city and nature: in 2040 everyone has the opportunity to relax and rejuvenate in nature at any time. From the center of Amsterdam to the endless meadows of Friesland, there is more room for trees, shrubs and flowers.

In towns, villages and industrial estates we apply the following rule: take out the tiles and replace them with greenery, flowering, buzzing and birdsong in return. This also ensures less flooding in extreme weather and makes the summers less hot and dry. In this way, we live safer, healthier and happier lives!

Education

In 2040 we do not only learn about sustainability, but we experience it. Schools are an important part of a sustainable society and use nature and the environment as a classroom. The school is a prime example of what a sustainable world looks like in terms of what you learn, how you learn, and where you learn.
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As young people, we get the opportunity to contribute to a more sustainable world through our education by working on practical assignments such as generating sustainable energy or growing organic vegetables.

We work together between all kinds of education and with experts from the field to make this happen. We learn during our entire life and even after our studies we still have the opportunity to train to become a real sustainability expert. In this way, younger and older people all develop the skills necessary for building a green future together.

Food

In 2040 we eat healthy and sustainably. We don’t produce more food than we need, so we don’t exhaust the soil. Instead, through our agricultural practices, we take good care of the soil. We eat seasonally and mainly plant-based.
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In the shops where we buy our food, it is clearly indicated where our products come from and what is in them. Our food comes as much as possible from the local farmer, who gets a fair price for it. This farmer contributes to healthy nature on a daily basis by means of regenerative farming methods. In this way, our food contributes to our own health and a clean planet.

Housing

In 2040 we live in a relaxed, lively and green environment. We share more spaces in our neighborhood and at work, which creates more space for homes and greenery in the city. With more green and blue, such as parks, green belts, rivers and ditches, we live healthier and more relaxed lives!
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Our houses are also more sustainable in 2040. We build with sustainable materials, such as natural materials that store greenhouse gasses. When demolishing houses, we can store these sustainable materials and reuse them for a new house.

Buildings are insulated as well as possible, energy efficient and therefore pleasant in all seasons. Building facades and roofs are full of solar panels and nature! In this way, we lose as few raw materials and energy as possible and our houses contribute to a green future.

Mobility

In 2040, our well-being is most important, even when we are on the road. We think differently about travel and no longer focus on the fastest, but on the best way from A to B, for ourselves, our stuff and our nature. This allows us to travel more calmly and without stress.
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We have brought travel destinations such as schools, work and nature closer together so that we have to travel less distances on a daily basis and so that we can enjoy being on the road again. We have created a mobility system in which peace and happiness are most important and which can be used by everyone, regardless of income, gender or health. We travel in lesser amounts and more meaningfully, and therefore much more sustainably.

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