Decisions about the future must draw from diverse perspectives and lived experiences
Current approaches to youth consultation, particularly on climate policy, are generated in a youth-free manner and are unlikely to reflect the values, priorities and lived experiences of diverse young people. When young people are consulted, it is often through surveys and transactional methods of asking people their thoughts on the future.
There is a need to reach more diverse groups of young people, with more diverse lived experiences in consultative processes. Reaching beyond those typically engaged around climate issues is also challenging and expensive. As part of a residence with the European Commission, we wanted to develop a format that could engage atypical groups of young people in discussions about the future.