During this year, the NSC took important steps towards an integration of youth perspectives into the workings of the NSC. Besides having organised a Youth Parliament Council earlier this year (read article here), youth representatives Isla Young, from Aberdeenshire, Merit Katerborg, from Groningen, and Andrea Risholt, from Aust-Agder, were also invited to the Annual Business Meeting (ABM) and the North Sea Conference on 25-26 June 2019 in Marstrand to share their views and to inform their respective home regions of their impressions and insights.
“I loved how inviting and friendly everyone was, I felt as if I was treated as an equal; as if I was just another member of the NSC. It was amazing and encouraging to see so many people there who were passionate and who care about climate change and the environment”, said Isla Young, who returned home to inform the Aberdeenshire Council about the conference.
The ABM urged the NSC members as well as the Executive Committee and thematic groups to involve young representatives in the regular work of the NSC. At the ABM it was also decided continue the efforts and recruit a youth advisor to help develop youth participation within the NSC.