9.5 Green volunteering, production and consumption
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The project Let’s clean Slovenia in one day! (Očistimo Slovenijo!) project is the biggest volunteer-based project in the history of Slovenia and was inspired by a similar clean-up action, which happened in Estonia in 2008. A group of Slovenian volunteers called Ecologists without borders decided to follow their example in 2009 and implemented the project for three consecutive years. The project managed to engage all 210 municipalities in Slovenia, 72 partners, 527 schools and 273 kindergartens, 63 utility companies, and more than 273,000 volunteers (over 13% of the population of Slovenia) and succeeded in removing more than 11,000 tons of illegally dumped waste from the Slovenian environment. The project was repeated in 2018 as part of the global action World Cleanup Day 2018. The organizers do not want to repeat the action because they say that cleaning actions are not solutions, but reduce of waste from the start is the right solution.
The Eco School Programme, as described in Chapter 9.4, is comprised of several projects and initiatives that promote green production and consumption, such as following:
- The Eco Quiz for Elementary Schools (Eko-kviz za osnovne šole) is school competition regarding the knowledge of environmental and ecological concepts. It focuses on specific topics and issues each year. The Eco Quiz for High Schools operates similarly.
- Mission: Green Steps (Misija: Zeleni koraki) is a competition promoting creativity among young people regarding sustainable development, particularly green mobility. Young people are involved in creating artworks and promoting sustainable modes of transport.
- Food is Not for Waste (Hrana ni za tjavendan) is a project that aims to reduce and the production of discarded food at home and school, encourage the practical use of unused food, show the correct way of storing food products, encourage the proper recycling and disposal of food residues, increase awareness of responsible food management and strengthen education regarding responsible food management and discarded food.
- The AlterMed Fair emphasises attitudes toward health, specifically the notion that we ‘experience’ health and perceive it as a source of value.
- Young Reporters (Mladi poročevalci) is a project that aims to report on the environmental challenges in the local environment and proactively seek solutions to these challenges. The Young Reporters project has had a significant impact on changing behaviours in light of modern environmental challenges.
- Young People in the World of Energy is described in Chapter 9.1.
- School Garden Classroom (Šolska vrtilnica ) is a project that aims to foster the development of skills and knowledge that are crucial for effective sustainable development in the twenty-first century).