Meet the Yellow Vests and climate change activists shaking up European politics
10:00 - 11:00
They are the outsiders shaking up European politics; Yellow Jackets and climate change activists who are taking their grievances to the streets. But they are part of a broader wave of political activity not channelled through established parties. Some of them want to join traditional politics, but others prefer to remain outside the mainstream (e.g. the Yellow Jackets are split over whether to run in the European Parliament elections). At the same time, schoolchildren have skipped school to spark the creation of a Climate Action Network, an umbrella group for 1,300 NGOs in more than 120 countries, that demands fast action to combat greenhouse gases. Session partially in French.
Francois Boulo, a lawyer from Normandy, will speak about his activities, Zanna Vanrenterghem, Climate Ambition Project Coordinator at CAN Europe, will explain the student-led mobilisation. Richard Youngs, Senior Fellow at Carnegie Europe, will provide a wider view of the phenomenon based on his recent study.