Policy officer at BBL and youth delegate on Climate at Vlaamse Jeugdraad
“My passion about climate change, combined with strong communication skills gives me the ability to address distinct target audiences in an easy to understand and upbeat format.”
Who are you?
I help policymakers to develop the necessary climate policies. To do so I launched Energy Saving Pioneers, a coalition of the energy saving sector and the Flemish Environmental Union (BBL). Moreover, as a policy officer (at BBL) and as a youth delegate (at Vlaamse Jeugdraad) on Climate I advocate for serious climate action. I very recently launched a fundraising campaign to convince the Flemish minister on Climate to finance the Green Climate Fund. This in order to ensure a climate agreement in Paris, at the end of the year. Finally, I inform students and youngsters about the importance and seriousness of the issue of climate change. I developed a climate workshop with a climate game. Students play an educational simulation of the international climate change negotiations in order to reach an international climate agreement."
Why are you part of Generation T?
I am part of Generation T because I hope to contribute with my three most important strengths: First, my passion about climate change, combined with strong communication skills gives me the ability to address distinct target audiences in an easy to understand and upbeat format. As a result, my advocacy on the importance to address climate change works contagiously. Second, I have developed strong networking skills throughout my professional and private life. Finally, I have built up expertise and knowledge on climate and energy policy throughout my work as a policy officer and during my academic career. I love to share this information with a network such as Generation T.
A specific example on how your project or activities make a difference and initiate change:
First, if Energy Saving Pioneers convinces policy makers to implement ambitious energy saving policy, the building and industrial sector will increasingly lower their energy use. Lower energy use is a first step in developing a carbon neutral energy system. Second, the fundraising campaign will show our minister on climate Joke Schauvliege the importance of financing the Green Climate Fund. Almost all developed countries have supported the fund, except Belgium. If our governments are serious about a climate agreement in Paris, they should put their money where their mouth is. Finally, the most effective way to stimulate sustainable behavior among people is to address it at childhood. That is why I developed a climate workshop, to inform youth about the importance of climate action.