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YPAC 2019 General topic: How to cope with climate change

 

SUBTOPICS (allocated to four committees):

  • C1 - Ecology
  • C2 - Health
  • C3 - Human Right to Life
  • C4 - Youth participation

 

COMMITTEE 1: Ecology

  • New plants and animals threatening the existing flora and fauna (spring herb, beetles, mosquitos, insects, parasites and vermins…)
  • New environmental conditions (temperature extremes) for plants (i.e. chestnuts)
  • Change of cityscape (urban gardening, i.e. parasites destroying palm trees in Merano…)
  • Impact on agriculture (i.e. fruit production at higher altitudes i. e. apples, different varieties of apples, new pests)
  • Natural hazards

KEY QUESTIONS: How does climate change affect the biodiversity of animals and plants in the alpine mountain regions? Are there impacts on agricultural yield and how can these effects be minimized? Which solutions may bridge longer periods of drought caused by climate change? How to deal with extreme precipitation events in relation to urban planning? What can a municipality do to adapt to the changing environment?

 

COMMITTEE 2: Health

  • Increasing number of warm nights;
  • Negative impact on fragile and older persons and newborns
  • Problems with storing banked blood
  • Influx of tropical diseases
  • Heatwaves, tropical nights
  • Virus caring insects
  • pollution

KEY QUESTIONS: How can we cope with the above given new environmental strains? How to preserve general health in infants, ill people and the elderly? How to deal with virus caring insects? How to react to new illnesses? How should we act towards new sources illnesses (i.e. poisonous algae)? Water is no longer filtered because of soil sealing, therefore our water is contaminated with unknown bacteria, how can we solve this problem? How to reduce the vulnerability of a society?

 

COMMITTEE 3: Human Right to Life

  • Change of living conditions due to climate change (i.e. water management generally and in episodes of draught)
  • Migration as a consequence of climate change/Climate refugee
  • Sustainability over generations
  • Right to live in healthy conditions
  • Laws and binding fines for protection programs (i.e. alpine convention is not compulsory)
  • Alps as a border

KEY QUESTIONS: How to deal appropriate with migration? How to guarantee the right of health? How can we ensure the rights to health and a save environment for future generations? How can environmental regulations be made more binding? How to strengthen solidarity within the Alps and within the Generations?

 

COMMITTEE 4: Youth participation

  • Dealing with common goods endangered by climate change
  • Codetermination bodies
  • Participatory models
  • Political education
  • Sociodemographic change
  • Cooperation between various stakeholders
  • Youth participation against climate change

 

KEY QUESTIONS: How to cope with disenchantment with politics? How to cope with intergenerational misunderstandings and different aims? How to cope with the sociodemographic change in relation to the issue of migration? How to engage young people in the project for protecting the common good and how to foster political participation? What can a single individual do to change something? How can we include various stakeholders and get them to cooperate? How can citizens develop a conscious behavior? How to delevop a successful climate change adaptation strategy? Bottom up or top down?

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