Let’s not WASTE the planet!
“Let’s not WASTE the planet!” is a trinational cycle of youth exchange for young activist in the fields of climate justice and environmental protection.
The project “Let’s not WASTE the planet!” aims to encourage young activists in the field of climate and environmental protection to strengthen their commitment, improve their skills and connect them across borders. This happens exemplarily by means of the topics waste avoidance, consumer behaviour and (over)use of resources. This is of great relevance to the lives of young people, and at the same time is closely linked to the dramatic problems of waste, pollution and destruction of basic functions of our ecosystem – all this embedded in the systemic context of the current climate emergency.
“Let’s not WASTE the planet!” consciously addresses not only the level of individual behaviour but also encourages participants to think and act responsibly beyond their own immediate living environment – even beyond national borders. To this end, the project makes use of methods from Education for Sustainable Development (ESD) and the innovative approach of Transformative Learning, which focuses in particular on the systemic level.
The core of the project are three one-week youth encounters in Germany, Poland, and France. The project weeks each have a methodological and thematic focus and build on each other:
Youth Exchange 1: October 16 till 22, 2020 – Buckow (Brandenburg), DE
Focus: Experience of nature and practical environmental protection through hands-on workshops at an educational institution with a focus on sustainability
Youth Exchange 2: February 17 till 23, 2021 – Krzyżowa/Wrocław (Lower Silesia), PL
Focus: Theatre pedagogical workshops on sustainability issues with a concluding public performance in Wrocław
Youth Exchange 3: September 16 till 23, 2021 – Provence-Alpes-Côte d’Azur (South France), FR
Focus: Workshops on media and campaign work with a concluding exchange with politicians
- Cross-border networking and encounter among young activists from Germany, France and Poland
- Empowering through acquisition and deepening of relevant competences for environmental and societal commitment
- Raising awareness of environmentally sound behaviour, especially in the context of waste prevention and resource protection
- Strengthening intercultural competence and awareness of diversity
- Contributing to the UN Sustainable Development Goals, in particular goals 4 – quality education, 12 – responsible consumption and production and goal 13 – Climate action