No one is born a good citizen; no nation is born a democracy. Rather, both are processes that continue to evolve over a lifetime. Young people must be included from birth. A society that cuts itself off from its youth severs its lifeline; it is condemned to bleed to death.” -  Kofi Annan, Secretary-General of the United Nations

Power up your mobility!

YOUTH is a platform for young people in the age of 10 – 18 to participate in the current debate of urban transport habits, the ongoing energy crisis and environmental problems all over Europe.
YOUTH promotes a culture of participative policy development in European cities.
Young people have their say about renewables and energy efficiency in transport. In Berlin (Germany), Bucharest (Romania), Gdynia (Poland) and Rotterdam (The Netherlands) they participate with youthful ideas and recommendations to local transport policies and urban development. Young people themselves campaign their ideas about renewables and energy efficiency to peer-groups and adults as well as to the media, the public and to policy makers.

YOUTH aims on one hand to change attitudes and habits of young people and to involve them as promoters and campaigners for renewables and energy efficiency in their neighborhoods. On the other hand, politicians and administrations are expected to realize their recommendations in a process of urban transport planning, as far as possible.
Pupils will work on ideas and projects from their point of view in the frame of a youth competition. As YOUTH reporters they produce their own articles, presentations and movies.  Realistic ideas of future urban transport solutions will be implemented into urban transport planning and detailed policy measures.
On the European level a city spanning design of participation and policy development will be developed, which will be adopted to the local conditions of each participating city.

The YOUTH project (Youngsters Overhaul today’s Urban Transport Habits), based on experiences made in the European Union’s CIVITAS initiative in the TELLUS project in Berlin, involving the young generation actively as stakeholders in urban transport planning. (

Sustainable Energy & Mobility

Sustainable energy sources are energy sources which are not expected to be depleted in a timeframe relevant to the human race, and which therefore contribute to the survivability (safeguarding) of all species. This concept is termed sustainability. An additional criterion for strict sustainability, useful for short-and medium-term decisions is social and political sustainability of an energy technology.
Sustainable energy sources are most often regarded as including all renewable sources, such as solar power, wind power, wave and tidal power, geothermal power and others.

Sustainable Mobility aims to reconcile citizens’ mobility needs with quality of live and environment. This is a huge challenge for all responsible local authorities. Most European local authorities are confronted with increasing problems of congestion and pollution due to the steady growth of urban traffic. People moving out of the cities due to bad environmental conditions, increasing car ownership, and faster travels have given rise to dispersed urban structures, leading in turn to grater volumes of motorised traffic.
Within this frame, the YOUTH project copes with the ideas of youngsters introducing innovative and youthful approaches and their supporting local efforts.

But transport is also a challenge in terms of climate protection: By 2010, transport will be the largest single contributor to greenhouse gas emissions. Because of these problems priority must be given to more sustainable modes of transport, which must become more efficient and attractive. But it is also the duty of local authorities to provide real alternatives for people, to promote intermodality and to motivate people to walk, cycle and use public transport instead of driving alone.

Mobility is sustainable if today’s mobility needs are satisfied without compromising the ability of  future generations to meet their needs. That means the present generation has to maintain the quality of the natural environment indefinitely (see report of the Brundtland Commission, 1987) instead of  imposing the impact of wastage of energy to the future. A first step to sustainable mobility is for example the use of bio fuels. The governments strive for no-effect level to reach sustainable mobility. It is intended to reduce pollution (air and noise) up to a point that health and nature are not affected anymore. Passage to sustainable mobility can only be executed at international level.

Sustainable mobility is an important future issue.Therefore the partners in the YOUTH project involve young people to deal with the subject and to cooperate in the development of a solution.


Rotterdam is the second largest city in the Netherlands. It has about 600.000 inhabitants. Nearly half of the inhabitants of Rotterdam has roots in a different part of the world, mainly Surinam, Turkey, Morocco and the Dutch Antilles and Aruba. Rotterdam is a young city. In contrast with the rest of the Netherlands the share of youngsters in the total population grows. Rotterdam will be European Youth Capital in 2009. It will be a year for and by young people in Rotterdam and the rest of Europe and the world. During this year Rotterdam should transform into a lasting city for youngsters.

Rotterdam once was a port city. This former port city has transformed itself into a city with a port. Now 63% of the local economy consists of business services. Lately innovative entrepreneurs in animation, IT and new media settled in Rotterdam.
The port of Rotterdam remains one of the largest ports in the world. Goods are trans-shipped from ocean-going vessels to inland-going vessels, trucks, trains and vice versa. It’s important for the Dutch economy that the port of Rotterdam keeps growing. This makes it important for the port to remain accessible via different modes of transport.
Petrochemical industries are also present in the port of Rotterdam. This industry refines crude oils into various product, e.g. motor fuel and plastics. The petrochemical industries use not only ships, trucks and trains but also pipelines to transport raw materials and products.

A ring of highways surrounds the city of Rotterdam. Every day traffic jams occur. Busy roads also lay in the city itself. In and around the city also lay a lot of cycle paths. The public transport system consists of trains, trams, metro lines and busses. The local government wants to avoid unnecessary use of cars by stimulating the use of public transport and bicycles. The government also wants to make traffic more safe, so less people die or get hurt in traffic.

Rotterdam has a lot of inhabitants and there is a lot of traffic and industry. Traffic and industry emit CO2 and other toxics into the air and cause air pollution and climate change. To keep the living environment safe and clean it’s important to restrict the emission of these matters. The City of Rotterdam, the Port of Rotterdam, the regional environmental office (DCMR) and the businesses in the port cooperate to reduce the emission of CO2 and other toxic gasses by 50% in 2025 in comparison with the emissions in 1990. They established a task force to reach this goal. This task force is called the Rotterdam Climate Initiative (RCI). The RCI develops policies on five themes: Sustainable city, Energizing city, Sustainable mobility, Innovationlab en Sustainable energy port.


2006  lebten 3,404 Mio. Einwohner in Berlin. Sie wohnen auf einer Fläche von 891 Quadratkilometern, dort  finden sich in Berlin 16 Stadtbezirke und eine Vielzahl von städtischen Vierteln und Kiezen, die sich in ihrem Charakter stark voneinander unterscheiden.

In Berlin gibt eine integrierte Stadtverkehrsentwicklungsplanung, beschrieben in "mobil 2010“ . Wie ein  "Kursbuch der Verkehrspolitik" gibt der Plan Auskunft über Ziele, Wege und die notwendigen Maßnahmen zur Gestaltung eines funktionsfähigen und zugleich stadtverträglichen Verkehrs.
Die Berliner Verkehrsentwicklungsplanung versucht, so Einfluss auf die Verkehrsentwicklung zu nehmen, dass die Mobilitätsbedürfnisse der Menschen befriedigt, aber zugleich die Ziele einer nachhaltigen Entwicklung berücksichtigt werden.

Berliner Verkehr in Zahlen
Eine moderne Verkehrspolitik braucht ein verlässliches und gesichertes Faktenwissen. Aktuelle Zahlen und Fakten finden sich in „Mobilität der Stadt –
Berliner Verkehr in Zahlen, Ausgabe 2007

Europäische Woche der Mobilität 2007 in Berlin
Die Senatorin Ingeborg Junge-Reyer hat im September 2007 verschiedene Projekte zur Fahrrad- und Fußgängerstrategie und zum Mobilitätslernen in Schulen präsentiert und wurde dabei von Jugendlichen aus dem Projekt YOUTH begleitet.
Jugendliche, Lehrer und Eltern aus verschiedenen Berliner Schulen haben zudem mit ihren Projekten an der Europäischen Woche der Mobilität teilgenommen.

Mach mit – wer am YOUTH Wettbewerb teilnehmen will, kann sich direkt an die Berliner Kontaktstelle wenden


Gdynia is a young, modern and vivid city immersed in the scenic coastal landscape. Inhabitated by the population of 255 thousand, together with the neighbouring cities of Sopot and Gdańsk, Gdynia makes a thriving agglomeration of nearly 1 million. When visiting Gdynia, it is hard to believe that merely a hundred years ago it was but a calm fishing village and a beach resort.

Gdynia is one of the few cities where the port is located near the city centre. The link between the two can best be seen in the stately Molo Południowe (the Southern Pier). This is where the heartbeat of the city is best heard. The seashore cafes, pubs and taverns are always humming with people, and so is Gdynia Marina, the biggest yachting port in Poland.

The city’s landmark is Skwer Kościuszki (Kościuszki Square) with two famous vessels berthed there. The WW2 destroyer ORP “Błyskawica” and the “Dar Pomorza”, one of the world’s most beautiful tall ships, are now museum-vessels. The only Polish Aquarium with thousands specimens of ocean flora and fauna as well as Cruise Ships’ Avenue resembling the famous Hollywood walk of fame, are also located there. Other interesting Gdynia sites are: Bulwar Nadmorski, a nearly two-kilometre promenade along the seaside; Kamienna Góra, a splendid viewing point and garden-city in the very heart of Gdynia; Świętojańska street, called “the shoppers paradise”; and Orłowo, a cozy seaside district with the wooden pier and monumental cliff – one of the most commonly photographed natural sites in Poland.     

Gdynia is a city of open-minded, friendly and dynamic people who are proud of where they live. The winds are fair here, not only for the sailors, but for the inhabitants and entrepreneurs as well. The winds inspire to take even the greatest challenges, like a lot of investments in infrastructure, transportation or culture.

The city is well connected to other parts of the country and is easily reached either by car, train, bus, plane, or by sea. It is beneficial to the city’s booming economy and one of the lowest unemployment rates in Poland.

There are several universities in Gdynia, of which the most important are: Naval Academy, Gdynia Maritime Academy, Faculty of Biology, Geography and Oceanology of the University of Gdańsk, as well as Business and Administration School. Considered the best in Poland, The Third High School is Gdynia’s cream of the crop. However, other high schools, also vocational, are of a very high standard. It is why Gdynia youth is one of the best educated in Poland.

The city boasts of the modern, efficient, and disabled friendly urban transport. The dense bus network makes a journey from even the farthest districts easy and short. Moreover, Gdynia is one of the few European cities using the trolleybus network, which has resulted in reduced emissions. Every new vehicle in urban transport has fulfilled strict emission norms: Euro I-EURO IV. In 2007, the first CNG-powered buses MAN Lion’s City G CNG appeared on the streets of Gdynia. The use of alternative fuels in public transport has reduced emissions and improved the quality of life in the city.

The commuter train holding regular and fast services within the agglomeration is a means of transport of equal importance. The bike has also grown in popularity in recent years. Urban cycle paths and off-road routes enable bikers to travel between all city’s districts as well as the surrounding cities. Apart from the urban cycle paths along the main streets, there is a dense off-road cycle route network in the forests of the Tricity Landscape Park (Trójmieski Park Krajobrazowy).

With a view to efficiently linking the port and industrial areas with the national road network, the city invests in traffic and transport infrastructure. Over the course of next couple of years, it is planned to build a passenger airport as well as a new ferry terminal.


Young People's Competition

YOUTH – "Power up your mobility!"
Youth for climate-friendly mobility

All school students age 8 to 18 who want to produce an article, photo reportage, radio tape or a film about climate-friendly mobility can participate. They can discuss their proposals for climate-friendly mobility with the decision makers, i.e. politicians and urban traffic planners, and can accompany the realisation of their proposals.

Teaching materials for various subjects are available on request and experts can be arranged to participate in discussions, if necessary reporter training will be offered.

All the entries submitted will be published online on the YOUTH website (, prizes will be awarded to the best reportages in the summer of 2008.

Further information on how to join in is available:

Take part

Czy masz co najmniej 8 lat i chęć popracować jako dziennikarz? Czy chciałabyś/ chciałbyś zobaczyć swoją pracę opublikowaną w sieci?
Czy chciałabyś/chciałbyś zrobić coś dla ochrony klimatu, a nie tylko słuchać, jak wszyscy o tym mówią?
Jeśli tak, to Twoje miejsce jest w gronie reporterów YOUTH!

Zostań reporterem YOUTH!
Przeprowadź wywiad, weź ekspertów w krzyżowy ogień pytań!
Napisz artykuł, zrób audycję lub nakręć film i przedstaw swoją pracę na stronie internetowej YOUTH!


YOUTH reporter training


Climate change
Portal of the European Environmental Agency
Zmiany klimatu to problem globalny, jednak każdy z nas może przyczynić się do jego rozwiązania. Nawet drobne zmiany w naszym codziennym zachowaniu mogą pomóc ograniczyć emisję gazów cieplarnianych, nie obniżając jednocześnie jakości naszego życia. Co więcej, dzięki tym zmianom możemy także zaoszczędzić pieniądze.

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