Letter to EU Institutions

Dear European Council President Charles Michel, European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen, President of the European Parliament David Sassoli,

 

We, Parents For Future in Europe, supported by parents from all over the world, believe that, at this historical moment where democracy and internationalism are at threat, the EU institutions are uniquely positioned to take global leadership on implementing a courageous and decisive strategy for the climate and ecological transition.

Parents For Future is a grassroots global network of parent-climate activists inspired by the Fridays For Future movement. The climate crisis is an issue of intergenerational justice and we collaborate closely with youth climate activists, supporting their demands. Driven by the common concern for the wellbeing of our children and future generations, we envision a healthy planet where all communities live in harmony with each other and nature. This parental voice needs to be heard in international policy fora.

Our children and future generations are facing an uncertain future due to the climate crisis and accelerating biodiversity loss. The COVID 19 crisis has exposed the dangerous fragility of global socio-economic systems, particularly in the context of a rapidly depleting ecosphere. Our socio-economic system must take a leap forward towards resiliency and sustainability.

We are keenly aware that the EU is about to spend significant public financial resources that will become the debt of our children and that this burden is added to the unspeakably massive environmental debt we leave them. We believe that how the money is spent is key, it should represent an investment rather than another cost to our children’s future.

As the European Commission President, Ursula von der Leyen, has expressed, the €750 billion Recovery Fund and all other stimulus-coordinated efforts represent a singular opportunity for a new development path. We recall that the UN Agenda 2030 makes it clear that institutions are one of the core foundations for sustainability and equity.

We appeal to you to consider the fundamental role you play in our children’s future. A visionary green Recovery Fund will send a clear policy signal not only to European but Global markets. As the world’s second largest market, the European Union is not only in a unique position to take Global Leadership but has a moral imperative to do so.

We request the European Parliament, our elected representatives, to advocate that the European Council adopts courageous, transformative policy guidelines for the Recovery Funding instruments being ratified. Such leadership needs to be expressed through unity of intent, and true independent, future oriented political vision, taking into full consideration the voice that our youth has expressed in the climate movement for nearly two years. We believe that global leadership supporting equitable and sustainable development is possible and is a responsibility the EU institutions have to their citizens.

We are at a crossroads and the road you choose will determine whether or not our children will enjoy a quality of life when life itself is at stake.

Europe, 2020-06-12

 


EU Letter sign-on

 

The letter was signed by the following groups and organisations

Parents-Groups

Number of parents-groups that have signed the letter: 175

Global

Parents For Future Global
XR families global

Argentina

Parents for Future Argentina

Australia

Australian Parents for Climate Action
Extinction Rebellion Families SEQ

Austria

ParentsForFuture Austria
Parents for Future Baden
GarstenForFuture
Parents for future Waldviertel
Parents for Future Tirol
ParentsForFuture Klosterneuburg
PFF Leibnitz
Parents For Future Oberösterreich
Parents for future St.Valentin
Parents For Future SĂĽdburgenland
Parents For Future Vienna
ParentsForFuture Vorarlberg

Belgium

Grands Parents pour le Climat Belgique fr
Rise for climate Belgium

Brazil

Familias pelo Clima

Canada

Parents pour le climat Québec

Cyprus

Mothers Rise Up Cyprus

Czech republic

Parents for future, Česká republika
RodiÄŤe za klima Liberec
PFF, Pelhřimov
Extinction Rebellion rodiÄŤe CZE
P4F Semily

France

Parents pour le climat
Unis pour le climat et la biodiversité
GRANDS PARENTS POUR LE CLIMAT FRANCE

Germany

Parents for Future Germany
Pädagogen For Future
Parents for Future Bamberg
Parents for Future Barnim
Parents For Future Bensheim
Parents For Future Berlin
Parents for Future Bonn
Parents for Future Bremen
Patents For Future Bruchsal
People For Future Dachau
Parents For Future Darmstadt
Parents For Future Deggendorf
Parents For Future Dinslaken
Parents for Future Dortmund
ParentsForFuture Germany Erlangen
Parents for Future Essen
Parents for Future Euskirchen
Christian4Future Frankfurt
People4Future Frankfurt am Main
People for future Gelnhausen
Parents For Future Göppingen
Parents for Future Göttingen
P4F GĂĽtersloh
P4F Hagen
Parents for Future Hamburg
Parents For Future Hannover
Parents for Future HaĂźfurt
Parents for Future Herford
Parents4Future Hildesheim
PFF Hochtaunuskreis
Grandparents im Umweltschutzverein Isernhagen und Umgebung
ParentsForFuture Jena
Parents For Future Karlsruhe
Parents for Future Kassel
People For Future Kiel
Parents for Future Koeln
Parents for Future Konstanz
Parents For Future Leipzig
Adults for Future LEV
Parents for Future LĂĽbeck
Parents For Future Mainz
Parents for Future Marktoberdorf
Parents For Future MĂĽnchen
Christians For Future Germany
Grandparents4Future
Parents for Future Nuernberg
Parents for Future Oberhausen
Parents for Future Sonthofen
Parents For Future Oldenburg
Parents for Future Oberhavel
Parents for Future Ravensburg
Parents for Future Rems-Murr
Parents for Future Schaumburg
Parents4Future Schongauerland
Parents For Future Schrobenhausen
Parentsforfuture Schwäbisch Hall
Parents for future Schwerin
Parents for Future Sinsheim
Parents for Future Ubstadt-Weiher
Parents for Future Uelzen
Parent for Future Witten
Parents for Future Wuppertal
Parents for Future WĂĽrzburg

Israel

Parents for Climate Israel
Parents for Climate - Kiryat Tivon
Parents for Climate - Ness Ziona
Parents For Climate - Tel Aviv & Jaffa

Italy

Extinction Rebellion Families Italia
Parents for future Arezzo
Parents For Future Bologna
Parents For Future Castelfranco Emilia
Parents for Future Martesana
Parents For Future Como
Parents For Future Ferrara
PFF Florence
Parents for future Forlì
Parents for future Genova
Parents For Future Melegnano
Parents For Future Pisa
Parents for future Pistoia
Parents for Future Roma
Parents for Future Torino

Kenya

Kenya Climate Parents

Mexico

Padres por el Futuro Monterrey

Netherlands

Dutch Parents For Future
Parents for Future Arnhem
Grootouders voor het Klimaat

New Zealand

Millions of Mothers

Nigeria

Parents for Future Nigeria
Gray2Green Movement
Sculptedbasket Project/ Parents for Future, Nigeria
Stop Ecocide

Norway

Foreldreløftet
Grand Parents Climate campaign

Poland

Rodzice dla Klimatu
Parent in the city Foundation

Portugal

Parents For Future Portugal
Parents for Future Bragança
Parents For Future Lisboa
Parents for Future Palmela
Parents For Future PortimĂŁo
Parents For Future Porto

Slovakia

Znepokojene matky

Spain

Madres por el Clima
Families For Future Barcelona
MADRES POR EL CLIMA CANARIAS
Parents For Future El Masnou
AsociaciĂłn RegiĂłn de Murcia Limpia
Madres por el Clima Murcia
Madres por el clima La Rioja
Madres por el Clima Sevilla

Sweden

Parents For Future Sweden
Föräldravrålet
Parents For Future Dalarna
ParentsForFuture Göteborg
Parents For Future Norrtälje
Parents For Future Stockholm
Saturdays for Future

Switzerland

Eltern fĂĽrs Klima Luzern
Grands-Parents pour le climat
Genitori per il clima Ticino

Turkey

Fridays For Future Turkey
Bodrum Iklim Acil Cagrisi

Uganda

Kibengo youth care activists

UK

ParentsForFuture UK
Parents for Future Bedfordshire
Bristol Schools Climate Action
Climate Action Molesey
Parents for the future Harrogate
XR Families Leeds
Mothers Rise Up
Parents For Future North London
Parents For Future SW London
XR Families Haringey
Eco Action Families
Parents For Future Oxford
XR Oxford Family Group
Parents For Future Sunderland

USA

The Parents' Climate Community
350Brooklyn Families
Parents for Future NC
ClimateMama
DearTomorrow.org
Climate Dads
Climate Action Families

Supporting groups

We thank the spontaneous declarations of support that have been announced, by groups that include many parents and work for the same cause:
Number of Supporting groups that have signed the letter: 19

Global

Scientists 4 Future International
Earth Day Network
We Don’t Have Time

Australia

Fridays for Future Australia

Belgium

Managers For Future

Czech republic

Doctors for future

Finland

Aktivistimummot

France

Citoyens pour le Climat

Germany

Teachers For Future
Koelle for Future
Teachers For Future Köln
Neubiberg for future / AK Klimaschutz
TeachersForFuture Wuppertal

India

Active Citizens Together For Sustanability

Ireland

Elders for Earth

Portugal

Não Há Planeta B.eja
Climate Justice LX
Scientists 4 Future Portugal

Romania

Fridays For Future Romania

ParentsForFuture

Parents For Future

ParentsForFuture