The main goal of this plenary is to present strategies that have been undertaken by Green parties to attract and convince young voters. We want to gather the experiences of the Green parties that have run campaigns in 2016, and learn what the main challenges and outcomes are when it comes to formulating our messages, our image and communications towards young people, and thus potential Green voters.
We will talk with the Green parties about how they approached young voters, and if they marked them as a special target group. What is a message that resonates with young voters, and how do we get that message across to them? Which new channels of communication do they prefer and use? Have they specifically set up a campaign for those channels?
Member of Scottish Parliament for the Scottish Green Party
Ross was Communities Co-ordinator at Yes Scotland, helping to develop the movement for independence. He is a member of Holyrood's European and Education committees. Ross is an active community campaigner on issues ranging from school closures to supermarket expansion and opportunities for young people. Upon election in May 2016 at the age of 21, Ross became the youngest MSP in the history of the Scottish Parliament. He was formerly a Member of the Scottish Youth Parliament for Clydebank & MIilngavie constituency and led on the successful campaign to give 16- and 17-year-olds the vote in the independence referendum.
Head of Foreign Affairs Working Group, Czech Green Party, Consortium of Migrants Assisting Organizations in the Czech Republic
Tomas has a background in law, human rights and the Western Balkans though he currently works as a policy officer in the field of migration/asylum. He has joined the Czech Greens in 2009 and since got involved as an assistant to an MP, as an analyst in the party HQ and also as campaign manager of two Senate campaigns. He focuses on foreign policy, also serving as a member of the EGP WG Foreign Affairs.
Co-Chair of the England and Wales Young Greens
Sam Murray is Co-Chair of the Young Greens of England & Wales. During the EU referendum campaign he co-chaired the Young Greens #I’mWithEU campaign as well as working across party lines to support the Remain campaign. He is also a PhD researcher looking at music policy-making and has worked on a major research project mapping Cardiff’s creative economy.
Red Equo Joven and FYEG executive committee
Paula Espinosa started her environmental activism in Greenpeace Valencia in 2006. In 2011, when she was studying Political Sciences, she decided to engage in political activism. Nowadays, she’s a member of Red Equo Joven, the young green organisation of the Spanish Greens and also part of the Valencian Green Party (VerdsEquo). In 2014, she lived in Brussels and this was when she started to participate in FYEG activities, she is now member of the Executive Committee. The areas that she likes most are the ones related to climate change, migration and feminism.
Secretary General of the European Green Party
Mar Garcia was born in Sabadell, Barcelona. She holds a degree in Political Science and a Master's in Public Management. Mar joined ICV, the Catalonian Greens, in 2003. Since then she has been part of the Party International Secretariat. Mar worked in the City Council of Barcelona for 12 years, as the person responsible for the Environmental International Relations of the city of Barcelona, and was subsequently the Head of Cabinet of the Deputy Mayor for Environment. Mar has been an EGP Committee member since 2012 and EGP Secretary General since 2014.
Spokesperson Federation of Young European Greens (FYEG)
Teo Comet is 29 years young and has been doing Green activism and politics since 2005 with ViNO (Finnish Young Greens) and FYEG. From 2011 to 2014, he worked as Office Coordinator for CDN, FYEG's sister organisation in Eastern Europe. Teo has worked on a variety of Green topics, including social justice, reinforcement of democracy, migration, and human rights. He is also very interested in non-formal education and organisational development. Teo is a European at heart, with roots in Finland, Switzerland and Catalonia. When not occupied with FYEG stuff, he is probably lost somewhere in the Balkans.