A Climate of Change spread all over the city of Brussels, from 10 to 12 November, when the city was suddenly filled up with young students coming from evry corner of Europe.
Indeed, within the framework of the Climate of Change project, Brussels hosted the final contest of the Pan-European Debate, where 117 students from 13 EU countries will try to win using their best dialectic skills on climate change, migration, youth and economy.
Each country sent two teams to the competition: one composed of three university students and the other made of six teenagers (from 16 to 19 years old), accompanied by professors and educators.
In Brussels, the national team have been mixed together in order to form 26 new “European teams”, debating to raise awareness on climate issues, connected to the challenges of economy and migrations. Each debate contest was judged by a jury composed of 6 international experts and educators, who decided for each debate the team who better managed to argument and defend the assigned cause.
117 students from 13 EU countries will try to win using their best dialectic skills on climate change, migration, youth and economy
Cooperation among participants from different parts of the EU was one key factor to achieve success in this intellectual challenge. The aim is to foster EU citizenship as an evident EU added value for the youth tournament. On the 11th of November the students also had the chance to meet MEPs and ask questions or expose concerns about the just transition to climate justice.
On the other hand, each evening of the debate a Contemporary Circus Show titled “We Land” took place in the venue of Tour&Taxis in Brussels. Organised by ALDA and EEB – the European Environmental Bureau, the circus company MagdaClan performed an artistic show full of deep reflections on climate change.
The performance enjoyed a great participation from local citizens and was very appreciated by the students, thus making it the perfect closure of such an intense and deep week of climate debates!
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