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Engaging Youth for a Greener Future

Sustainability Savvy

18-27 April 2023 – Căpățâneni, Romania

About the project

The environment is a crucial aspect of our lives and is essential for our survival. It is essential that individuals understand the impact they have on the environment and the actions they can take to protect it. With the increasing awareness of environmental issues and the consequences of neglect, it has become more important than ever to educate individuals on how they can contribute to a healthier and sustainable future.
Through this project, we aimed to educate individuals on the impact they have on the environment and empower them to make positive changes toward a healthier and sustainable future through awareness and understanding of environmental protection measures.

1st Objective

Enhancing the comprehension of 30 young people regarding both local and global environmental challenges and their effects on communities and ecosystems.

2nd Objective

Improving the awareness of 30 young people on simple, yet effective,
actions they can take to protect the environment.

Activities

Our project included a variety of activities to increase understanding of environmental issues and promote sustainable actions like:

  • Workshops about environmental issues.
  • Group discussions to generate ideas for environmental solutions.
  • Community clean-up events.
  • Learning sessions about local environmental projects.
  • Practical exercises in sustainable living, such as composting and recycling.
  • Outdoor activities to study the environment.
  • Movie screenings and discussions about environmental topics.
  • Art, theatre, or graphic design projects to raise awareness about environmental issues.
  • Games and role-playing activities focused on environmental themes.

70-seconds glimpse into our project

What did we learn?

Practical Skills

We learned essential practices for sustainable living, such as recycling and we gained skills we can use every day to reduce our environmental footprint.

Community Awareness

We gained a better understanding of how community action can lead to positive change. The clean-up activities taught us the immediate impact we can have when we come together for a common goal.

Effective Communication

Through group discussions and debates, we improved our communication skills. We learned how to express our ideas clearly and also gained insights into effective teamwork.

Appreciation for Nature

The outdoor activities we participated in deepened our connection with the natural world. We learned the value of environmental conservation, not just in theory but through direct experience.

Cultural Understanding

We were exposed to local environmental initiatives and practices, increasing our cultural awareness and understanding of diversity. 

Creativity and Problem-Solving

The project’s artistic and creative elements helped us think outside the box. We learned that creative approaches can be effective for solving real-world environmental problems.

Latest thoughts

“This project touched my heart. I never thought picking up trash and learning about recycling could be so powerful. But doing it with people who care as much as I do made it special. The friendships I made here are priceless. I’m leaving with new skills and friends who feel like family. This experience gave me hope, and I can’t wait to do more for our Earth.”

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Project Evaluation

The project “Sustainability Savvy – Engaging Youth for a Greener Future” was co-funded by the European Union. Views and opinions expressed are however those of the author(s) only and do not necessarily reflect those of the European Union or the European Education and Culture Executive Agency (EACEA). Neither the European Union nor EACEA can be held responsible for them.