Thursday, May 26

Youth policy is more than cannabis and demonstrations

  • Victor Leonard Edstrøm (14)

    Leader, Engerdal youth council

We must have a nationwide body, which speaks on behalf of young people all over the country, so that all opinions emerge, writes Victor Leonard Edstrøm (14).

It is time for adult politicians to listen more to young people.

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We must have a nationwide body, which speaks on behalf of young people all over the country, so that all opinions emerge, writes Victor Leonard Edstrøm (14).

For far too many years, adult politicians and debaters have believed that they have spoken “on behalf of” the youth. But my impression is that they have said what they say wishes that youth should think.

I am very grateful that I was born and raised in such a wonderful and open democracy as Norway. But when it comes to youth democracy, we do a far too bad job.

Young people are not taken seriously

For we must understand that a youth council in the Inland or a youth politician in Oslo, has a minimal influence in the Storting or in the government. It does not help to have youth councils here and there and pretend they have something to say.

Victor Leonard Edstrøm (14) wants a say Norwegian youth council.

The authorities believe that youth participation in society is important. It seems that they think that we young people only care about demonstrations for the climate, or that we all want to legalize cannabis.

This shows that young people in politics are not taken seriously.

Weaker political stance

For all young people are not liberal. Not all young people only have climate or school as their heart’s desire.

After three years in youth policy, I have seen that many youth politicians are not taken seriously when discussing foreign policy or justice policy.

We are told that we have not lived long enough, or that the adults should take care of that kind of policy.

A national youth council

We are young people who will live in the Norway of the future.

But if we as young people are to gain national influence, it does not help that some leaders of youth partyr goes out in the media occasionally to debate.

No, we must have a nationwide body, which speaks on behalf of young people across the country, so that all opinions emerge.

But then the Storting must facilitate this, because we will not be able to form such a national thing without the support of national politicians.

It is time for the adults to take responsibility and listen to the youth. I say yes to the Norwegian Youth Council!


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