UNESCO, through its UNEP programme (United Nations Environment Programme) which is specifically aimed at young people, features a number of educational projects designed to foster sustainable life styles. It struck us as a really interesting initiative that deserved an entry in our blog.
As far as UNESCO is concerned, “sustainable consumption means buying goods and services that do not harm the environment, society or the economy. Although this refers primarily to high-income countries or emerging economies, what we consume is a good way to begin teaching people about Sustainable Development. Consumer education is a practical thing and it affects the lives of people both close by and far away. What local consumers do can have a social, economic and environmental impact at an international level, both today and tomorrow”.
A fundamental part of this project consists in making people aware of the ecological footprint that is produced by the production and transportation of certain goods. To achieve its objectives, it’s important that this information is kept permanently in the public eye.
The key to the success of this initiative lies in telling people about sustainable and ecological consumption in an appealing way. One of the ways UNESCO and the UNEP does this is the Youth X Change project.
Some of the most relevant aspects of this project are:
• Committing to a more sustainable lifestyle.
• Looking after yourself by always eating healthy food.
• Using ecological forms of transport.
• Reducing waste to the maximum.
• Optimising energy.
• Saving water.
• Making responsible purchases.
Environmental education and making young people and children aware are of the utmost importance if we are to form adults who respect the planet, who guarantee that the environment will be looked after, and who will pass this on to generations to come. Mirlo is beginning to set up educational campaigns in schools, initially in the Canary Islands which is where the Corona Forestal project is happening. Getting local communities involved is one of the components of the positive footprint that we mean to create by reforesting the Corona Forestal of the Orotava Valley. We’ll be sending out regular information about all of this, keep following us!
If you’d like to know more about the “YouthXChange” programme, click on this link to a really thorough practical manual: