Where are the boys in climate action? How to break the bubbles and join forces

Young people are vital agents for a just green transition, but participation varies across social identities and backgrounds. Men and boys tend to be less interested in both sustainability and gender equality compared to women and girls. How can we strengthen the conscious and committed, while also bringing underrepresented voices to the table?

On 28 August at 13.00-14.30 (CET), we invite you to a webinar that digs into the trends and patterns of youth engagement and commitment to climate action. What keeps boys and other underrepresented groups from getting involved – and what attracts them? How can we build inclusive and diverse movements?

These are some of the questions we will discuss with the launch of a new report written by NIKK in collaboration with Nordregio for Sustainable Living. NIKK will take the stage to offer key insights on how we can approach inclusivity and diversity based on interviews with Nordic youth organisations.

Ungdomsbarometern will join us in the studio to present some key data and Nordic indicators, from conducting the biggest annual youth studies in Sweden since the early 1990s. In recent years, their studies have shown a rapid downturn in Swedish youth who are interested in societal issues like sustainability and gender equality. How should we address this?

For the final half, we will have a panel discussion for Nordic youth representatives to provide their views on all this and more. What challenges and solutions do they or the organisations see? Is there a trade-off between prioritising those who already care, and activating the less concerned? Welcome to join the discussion in the chat!

Photo: Iris Dager / norden.org

Programme & participants:

  • Keynote & Q/A: Jessica Åkerström, Head of Insights and Analytics, Undomsbarometern (Youth Barometer)
  • Keynote & Q/A: Jimmy Sand, Analyst and report author, NIKK (Nordic Information on Gender)
  • Comments and panel discussion:
    • Alva Danielsson, Movement coordinator, ReGeneration 2030
    • Oscar Molander, former United Nations Youth Delegate for Sweden
    • Silje Brekke Bakken, Political advisor, LNU (The Norwegian Children and Youth Council)
  • Moderator: Åsa Ström Hildestrand, Senior Project Manager, Nordregio

This event is in English and takes place on Zoom. Link will be sent upon registration.