Debating Europe, in partnership with Friends of Europe and Green Week 2015, held a youth forum in Brussels on 4 June 2015. The forum brought together young people with policymakers to discuss biodiversity and environmental sustainability.
Moderating the debate was Hans Bruyninckx, Executive Director at the European Environment Agency (EEA), and Tamsin Rose, Strategic Advisor at Friends of Europe.
Also taking part was Christian Schwarzer, Member of the Steering Committee of the Global Youth Biodiversity Network and Youth Ambassador for the UN Decade on Biodiversity; Leanne Tough, Member of the Phoenix Group of the Royal Society for the Protection of Birds (RSPB), and Maddy Bartlett, Founding Chair of the Bristol Nature Network.
They answered questions on biodiversity sent in by Debating Europe commenters, as well as a live audience in Brussels.
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