Young people see climate change and protection of natural environment as a top priority, according to EU barometer 2019. Is it because young people are more sensitive to injustice or have a higher degree of awareness by being exposed to more information?
We don’t have an answer, but here’s how we can empower young people to address what matters most to them.
Solidarity Projects are designed specifically for young people who want to take matters into their own hands. We know how overwhelming environmental degradation facts and consequences can be. It seems that such a complex global problem requires only extraordinary measures.
But what if ordinary measures are undertaken by more of us instead? What if collective efforts are more efficient in fighting plastic pollution, deforestation, natural habitat destruction or greenhouse gas emissions? Afterall, isn’t climate change a socially induced problem that requires social re-action for change?
Start tackling climate change problem and supporting the natural environment by making a small step.
Start tackling climate change problem and supporting the natural environment by making a small step in improving a neighbourhood or region, together with your friends or like-minded people.
For a Solidarity Project:
- you have to have an idea on how to address a local or regional challenge;
- find likeminded people and create a group of a minimum of five young people;
- all group members must be aged between 18 and 30 years old;
- the project must last between two and 12 months, and can be undertaken part time; and
- the youth group can opt for support from an organisation and a coach.
Climate change and nature degradation lead directly or indirectly to other problems like exacerbating inequality, food security, physical and psychological health, and ecosystem loss. The list is not exhaustive, and so opportunities for your Solidarity Project to address such issues are endless.
We want your project to tackle an issue characteristic to your community or region only. You choose the goal and the means to attain it. That means you can strive to achieve awareness-raising to more tangible results like increasing the number of trees planted.
You can strive to achieve awareness-raising to more tangible results like increasing the number of trees planted.
Solidarity Projects are not about fixing big problems, but rather about engaging, trying to see what works and collectively looking for solutions to the community problems that local people know about best.
We all speak about the need for a systemic change towards a sustainable way of living, but few realise that a U-turn is in fact made of small, assertive and collective efforts. You can be part of that U-turn by applying for a Solidarity Project now!
Watch the recording of our Solidarity Projects Info Session and participate to Go Green for your Community! event, to help structure your idea and apply for funding in the next deadline (1 October 2020, 11am, UK time).