European Volunteers for the Environment is a multifaceted European project. It aims to become a real springboard for ecological mobility and to make every volunteering experience an opportunity to learn about environmental awareness.
In order to achieve this goal, EVE intends to produce and create a number of tools that will be useful both to young people and to volunteer support organisations.
Orientation and opportunity report
Mapping of good practices
An orientation and opportunities report
All the texts and political guidelines aimed at making the Green Deal a success indicate that the condition for its success relies on the efforts of each and every one of us. The Green Deal commits to nine themes and makes them a priority in the European policy to combat climate change. These themes affect us all in some way.
Therefore, we will analyse how youth work can support this societal change and advance green attitudes, behaviour, and skills. This policy report will be intended for youth organisations and youth workers, training organisations and youth policy makers.
The first part of this report will identify the needs and measure how environmental education is considered in youth work and more specifically by those involved in national and European voluntary programmes.
The second part will present the opportunities and courses of action that work on environmental competence offers, and how it will be possible to make the ESC volunteer period a time for environmental education and the Green Deal.
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and the National Abstract!
In order for volunteering to become a time of education on the environment and sustainable development, we will provide mentors and volunteer organisers with micro-learning modules. The learning modules will respond to a real need identified by the young European volunteer: travelling without having too much impact, moving towards a more virtuous local life, consuming locally and healthily, understanding the green deal in a few points, etc.
Each theme covered in the modules will be accompanied by a support file for the mentors in order to deepen the topic. How to succeed in setting up tutoring actions quickly and effectively so that they become actions of education for sustainable development and the environment.
Youth workers and mentors' training courses
Young people's expectations are often not met by youth work, which should better support their desire for action and do something other than cleaning beaches. This is why we are addressing two audiences by proposing two training courses, one for youth workers and one for volunteer mentors, which will complement the e-learning modules.
Create a module on the Green Deal so that the meaning of the action is truly understood and shared. It is about understanding how I can act and how youth work will most certainly have to change.
Youth workers will have the opportunity to integrate this learning into the activities proposed to young people. Taking the reflex that a trip to the sea can also be an opportunity to understand that the impacts on land are concentrated in the oceans.
Similarly, the training for tutors will incorporate the same philosophy that places environmental education as a transversal aspect of ESC volunteering. The actions and examples will be even more specific, as they will be based on the life and daily life of the volunteer.
Engagement opportunities mapping and good practices
Youth have a real desire to do more, learn more and encourage the world around them to change their daily lives. Beyond recycling and ethical consumption, they want to become the architects of positive change. The European Volunteers for the Environment project aims to respond to this need for commitment by highlighting all these initiatives.
To this end, we will create a map to identify European volunteering opportunities in order to facilitate the search and participation of young people in volunteering programmes (European Solidarity Corps). We will also initiate a day of action for national and European volunteers in favour of the environment and the fight against climate change on 5 June each year to mark World Environment Day. In addition to facilitating and guiding the commitment of young people, it will also identify and promote good practices initiated by young people to enhance them to make them durable.
Fighting for and protecting the environment is a task that involves us all, regardless of our age. It is thanks to young people, but also to youth workers, that new initiatives can be created and others can be sustained.