Founder of Green Young Economy, bridging innovation research, youth empowerment and sustainability
My idea that matters… More than half of the world’s population is under the age of 30. Young people are users of many products and services, and carriers of new lifestyles. They are able to think out of the box. They can be a source of innovation for establishing greener lifestyles and impulsing the transition to a greener economy. Yet, they are increasingly affected by unemployment even in developed countries. They are marginal in the decision-making circles. Even so, the current state of the planet requires their action as change-makers, mothers and fathers of the generations to come.
Green Young Economy (GYE) is a global community which aims to embed young people in the shaping of a green economy and sustainable lifestyles. GYE intends to fill a gap: a meeting place which accelerates the creation and diffusion of green solutions and values; a space in which people and organizations can be congregated to inspire each other, scale-up projects, co-develop or diffuse their ideas around the globe.
I accepted the invitation to speak at the Stagiaires’ Ideas that Matter #2 event, because… This conference is one more opportunity for telling young people: Do you have a passion? Do you have some free time? Did you know you can translate these two ingredients into your own tiny little project that greens your life and that of many others? Yes, I am talking about that project that seems unreasonable but that can actually give you fun, friends and much more…
Note… Since 2010 Andrea works as Marie Curie Researcher for EU FP7 ManETEI. He represents youth at the UN as Liaison Officer of AEGEE. He is the founder and executive director of Green Young Economy.
If you want to contact Andrea check these! WEB: www.green-young-economy.org // LinkedIn: be.linkedin.com/in/andreacarafa