Chapter 26: A youth perspective ongreen local urban futures
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Human life in urban centres is increasingly pressured by urbanization and adverse climate change impacts. Global food systems are at the centre of this pressure, suffering from and contributing to climate change. However, urban gardens and agriculture, food systems, and waste management promise to bring multiple benefits by strengthening environmental and societal goals, helping societies to adapt and mitigate climate change impacts and increase urban resilience. But change remains slow. Hence, in this chapter we provide our youth perspectives on how we see future opportunities for urban centres and which barriers delay needed green urban transformation (GUT). Two case studies, from Germany and Ghana, highlight best-practise examples that could help to push towards a trend of self-sufficient urban food production and zero waste communities. We discuss how to overcome barriers with youth governance and a post-COVID green recovery pathway and why it is important to make knowledge on GUT more accessible to young people - the very people who will live and lead local urban futures.

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