A youth perspective on green local urban futures

Amponsem, Joshua, Graf, Marie-Claire and Saenger, Nathalie (2021) A youth perspective on green local urban futures. In: Carrillo, Francisco Javier and Garner, Cathy, (eds.) City preparedness for the climate crisis: a multidisciplinary approach. Multidisciplinary Movements in Research . Edward Elgar, Cheltenham, UK, pp. 331-343. Full text not available from this repository.

Official URL: https://doi.org/10.4337/9781800883666.00043


Human life in urban centres is increasingly pressured by urbanization and adverse climate change impacts. Global food systems are at the centre of this pressure, suffering from and contributing to climate change. However, urban gardens and agriculture, food systems, and waste management promise to bring multiple benefits by strengthening environmental and societal goals, helping societies to adapt and mitigate climate change impacts and increase urban resilience. But change remains slow. Hence, in this chapter we provide our youth perspectives on how we see future opportunities for urban centres and which barriers delay needed green urban transformation (GUT). Two case studies, from Germany and Ghana, highlight best-practise examples that could help to push towards a trend of self-sufficient urban food production and zero waste communities. We discuss how to overcome barriers with youth governance and a post-COVID green recovery pathway and why it is important to make knowledge on GUT more accessible to young people - the very people who will live and lead local urban futures.

Item Type: Book Section
Publisher: Edward Elgar
ISBN: 9781800883659
Departments: Institute of Business, Industry and Leadership > Business
Additional Information: Marie-Claire Graf, Master of Business Administration MBA, Leadership and Sustainability, University of Cumbria, UK, 2020 - 2021. Graf is president of the Swiss Association of Student Organizations for Sustainability and co-founder of Sustainability Week International.
Depositing User: Anna Lupton
Date Deposited: 06 Mar 2023 16:02
Last Modified: 13 Jan 2024 12:46
URI: https://insight.cumbria.ac.uk/id/eprint/6950
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