PRESS RELEASE: (Un)heard voices! Strengthening Marginalised Communities in the European Elections 2024 Amidst the Climate Crisis

Brussels, 3rd of June 2024 – As the European elections draw near, the urgency of addressing the climate crisis and amplifying the voices of marginalised communities has never been more pronounced. Against the backdrop of unprecedented environmental challenges, it is imperative to ensure that the concerns of all citizens, especially those from marginalized groups, are heard and addressed in the policymaking process.

The upcoming European elections present a crucial moment for fostering inclusivity and environmental justice in decision-making. Recognizing this, EU24 Engage for the Planet consortium launched a groundbreaking initiative to empower marginalized voices and elevate climate concerns on the European agenda.

Through a series of compelling video interviews, “(Un)heard Voices” brings to light the diverse perspectives and lived experiences of individuals who have been underrepresented in political discourse. From migrants, women, youth, and the elderly to members of the LGBTQ+ community advocating for equality and recognition, each story is a testament to the rich tapestry of identities and struggles that define our continent in times of climate crisis.

For Monika, woman with disabilities from Poland, the biggest challenge as a person with disability in terms of the climate crisis is to be heard. Disability, climate crisis and environmental problems are closely related to each other. One of the most common reasons for disability are environmental issues and climate change. So we are a very vulnerable group which is first to experience the consequences of that crisis

That is why the right to vote becomes essential in ensuring that the voices of all individuals, regardless of their background or circumstances, are heard and represented in the democratic process.

Voting is simply a duty as well as a right. Voting is a right acquired over time with great sacrifices and social struggles. Continuing to vote and having a say in political decisions and choices will remain, for me, the essential difference between being a citizen and being subjected to politics, claims Karim, a man with migrant background from France. 

Due to that, “(Un)heard Voices” goes beyond mere storytelling. It’s a call to action, urging viewers to confront their own biases, expand their understanding of social issues, and actively engage with marginalized communities in the democratic process. By amplifying these voices, we hope to foster empathy, solidarity, and meaningful change in the political landscape of Europe.