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9. Youth and the World

9.5 Green volunteering, production and consumption


Green volunteering

Promotion of green volunteering is made through some youth associations which focus their action on green volunteering and environmental impact. 

The International Youth Office funds many cultural youth projects aboroad among which green volunteering projects. 

Green production and consumption

Formal learning The association “Réseau Idée” coordinates a participative process about Education related to environment and sustainable development.  It was initiated in 2010 at the request of the Walloon and Brussels Ministers of Environment with the support of the Minister of Education of the French-speaking Community. It takes place in the framework of a cooperation agreement between the French-speaking Community and the Walloon Region and soon the Region of Brussels-Capital. The aim of this process is to gather school’s actors and environment’s actors to:

  • Clarify environment education’s strategies which are shared and understood by different actors (objectives, priorities, actions) ;
  • Ensure a better coordination and collaborations between different levels of power (from school or  environment) ; 
  • Issue concrete commitments ;
  • Create a tool to follow-up and evaluate the implementation of commitments. 

There are 6 commitments taken :

  1. Share a culture related to education to environment and sustainable development within school ; 
  2. Facilitate and encourage the coordination and the continuity of Education related to environment and sustainable development ; 
  3. Work with a common framework of references ;
  4. Bring a global and relevant vision of external resources related to education to environment and sustainable development in addition to the work of schools ;
  5. Support the environmental management of schools ;
  6. Ensure the follow-up of the process. 

The Ministry of Education provides teachers with pedagogical tools, trainings, support related to education to environment and sustainable development. These are available on its website.  The association “Réseau Idée” realised in 2011 a survey about education to environment and sustainable development in schools.  According to this survey, the main topics taught are waste, water and food.  The main obstacles raised by teachers interrogated are the lack of time and lack of means.   The main levers are the pupil’s involvement and headmaster’s support.  Non formal education Promotion of green production and green consumption is mainly made through the work of associations which focus their action on this specific topic. For instance, the youth organisation “Empreintes ASBL” provides young people, young adults, animators and youth workers with trainings, animations and pedagogical tools on this topic. The association is recognised and funded by the Youth Department of the French-speaking Community. 

Residential youth centres organise field trips for young people. During these trips, young people learn about green production and consumption, environmental issues, nature, etc. 

See section 9.4 for further information about green production and green consumption initiatives.