Youth exchange will take place in May, 2022 in Belluno, Italy.
Objectives of the project. Food lies at the heart of our lives. It is vital for our survival, and links us to our natural and social environment in a unique way. But our food system is unsustainable. Food insecurity and sustainability are widely recognized as among the most significant global challenges facing humanity in the 21st century, linked to a range of other challenges including malnutrition, biodiversity loss, climate change, soil degradation and water quality. Ensuring sufficient, safe and nutritious food for all is a major issue for the European Union, both internally and in terms of its wider international responsibilities. Such challenge is also exacerbated by the current conditions of rapid population growth, increasing urbanization and political instability across the world. The availability of food is not perceived as an immediate, major concern in Europe, but access to safe and nutritious food is still problematic for significant parts of the population in many European countries. Therefore, the projects aims to raise awareness on sustainable patterns of food consumption and production for climate change mitigation, activating young people and enabling them to develop and learn about green practices and behaviors, and to influence institutional decisions, so they can lead us to a sustainable global food system.
More specifically, the project aims to:
• promote sustainable diets to reduce the impact on the planet and protect human rights • promote local alternative food systems, local producers and territorial markets • fight against food waste • promote sustainable food education and knowledge sharing dissemination • fight against climate change and equal access to healthy, sustainable and fair food
The training course will gather 16 participants aged between 18–30 coming from different EU programme countries’ non-governmental organizations and associations that work for promoting food and environmental sustainability. Furthermore, 2 trainers, experienced in teaching food and environmental education through the non-formal and informal methods, will be the main actors in facilitating the learning process. The project will be implemented in cooperation with partner organizations from the following 4 countries: Greece, Spain, Estonia, and Poland. Each of the above organizations will be represented by 4 participants + 1 group leader, while Italy will be represented by 4 participants + 2 trainers. The total number of participants is thus 26. In the long term, the project results will affect the promotion of more sustainable food production systems and consumption choices as well as green practices to protect the environment and fight climate change throughout Europe, thus contributing to EU’s values and set goals in regard to the topics of environmental sustainability and climate change.