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The next ten years are a crucial window for determining if and how Europe can uphold its commitment to achieving net-zero emissions by 2050. In this interactive session, we discuss the most important changes that need to happen in the Netherlands and how young people and their allies can have an impact and shape the next steps.

Event details of How to solve climate change by 2030
Date 8 April 2021
Time 15:00 -16:30

Together with the European Union, the Netherlands has committed to reduce greenhouse gas emissions to net-zero by 2050 and limit global warming to 1.5 C. Still, like many other countries, the Netherlands is lagging behind its goals and will have to do much more to “solve” climate change. Many experts agree that the next ten years are a crucial window to determine how the transition will look like and if it can achieve international climate goals.

In this interactive webinar, we will focus on three key issues. First, we ask our speakers to identify the most critical policy changes that need to happen in the Netherlands and Europe. Second, we will discuss together with our audience what social justice challenges these pose and how they can be addressed. Finally, we turn towards how citizens, in particular young people, can make their voices heard when it comes to shaping the path to zero emissions.

This webinar is part of the "Solve Climate by 2030" initiative, a project of the Center for Environmental Policy at Bard College, New York, with support from the Open Society University Network. On and around April 7, webinars will take place worldwide to identify local action to put us on the right path by 2030. These webinars will be recorded and made available to teachers at universities and schools to #MakeClimateaClass.


About the speakers

Veerle Engel (replacing Anne Chatrou) is Board Member of Jongeren Milieu Actief, the youth wing of “Mileudefensie” (Friends of the Earth Netherlands). The organisation is probably best know for suing Shell - one of the worlds larges Oil companies-  for its carbon emissions. She studied anthropology, sociology and philosophy in Australia, and International Development Studies at the University of Amsterdam.

Bas Eickhout is Member of the European Parliament (GroenLinks, Greens/EFA), where he is Vice-Chair of the committee Environment, Public Health and Food Safety. He has a background in Chemistry and Environmental Sciences, worked for the Netherlands Environmental Assessment Agency (Planbureau voor de Leefomgeving), and contributed to the IPCC’s Fourth Assessment Report on Climate Change.

Gert Jan Kramer is Professor of Sustainable Energy Supply Systems at the Copernicus Institute of Sustainable Development, Utrecht University. At the Institute, Gert Jan is hub leader of “Deep Decarbonisation: Towards Industry with Negative Emissions”, where he explores the energy transition as a technical and a socio-technical phenomenon. 

Marian Stuiver is Senior Researcher at Wageningen University and Research where she manages the programme “Green Cities”.  She is a specialist in sustainable urbanisation, green/blue growth and inclusive development. She has also published on sustainable aqua- and agriculture, farmer’s self-governance, and society-science interactions.


Laura Burgers is Assistant Professor at the Department of Law at the University of Amsterdam. Her research focuses on climate change litigation, the rights of nature, and the role of the European judiciary in law-making. Laura is an expert member of the UN Knowledge Network “In Harmony with Nature”, advancing a non-anthropocentric, Earth-centered worldview.

Robin Tschötschel is PhD candidate in communication science at the Amsterdam School of Communication Research, University of Amsterdam, with a focus is on the political aspects of climate change communication. Prior to his PhD research he studied economics and other social sciences, with a focus on public and expert discourses about economic growth and the measurement of sustainable economic welfare.