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EACEA National Policies Platform


9. Youth and the World

9.5 Green volunteering, production and consumption

Last update: 17 December 2021
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Green volunteering

»Cleanup Slovenia« (Očistimo Slovenijo) is a national voluntary clean-up campaign that was implemented three times (most recently in 2018). The project was part of the global initiative World Cleanup Day and draws attention to the fact that environmental challenges need everyone's immediate attention. The global project aimed to unite 5% of the population from 150 countries in the world's largest clean-up action.

The Eco School Programme is comprised of several projects and initiatives that promote green volunteering, such as the following:

  • Eco-package (Eko-paket) encourages the proper handling of waste packaging for milk and juices, especially among young people, their teachers and their parents.
  • Reducing the carbon footprint of an individual, classroom or school (Ekošola meri odtis CO2) – in this Eco School project the main aim is primary, secondary, highschool students to learn about their impact on climate change while calculating the carbon footprints of an individual, the class or the institution. This is done through the CO2 calculator.
  • Climate change and biodiversity (Podnebne spremembe in biotska pestrost) – is devoted for children in primary and secondary school to acknowledge climate change, the flora and the fauna and their interdependence. Various weather phenomena are presented thus the positive and negative effects on climate, animal species and everyday life.
  • Circular Economy and the Design Challenge (Krožno gospodarstvo in oblikovalski izziv) – this project discusses the transition to a greener and low-carbon society on a national and global level. Pupils of the third triad of primary school, high school students and students with mentors study the circularity (life cycle) of individual products, design circular solutions and products, organize circular events, etc.
  • Don’t Throw the Clothes, Save the Planet! (Ne zavrži oblek, ohrani planet!) – this project is directed towards the responsible handing of used clothes – reuse, reduce and recycle.We Give Waste A New Life! (Odpadkom dajemo novo življenje) – children and young people learn how to separate and collect waste. An important point is raising awareness and education about the packaging waste connected to our everyday life. 
  • Knowledge of Forests (Znanje o gozdovih) is a programme aimed at reconnecting people with their forest heritage. It encourages adolescents to regain their sense of connection with the environment and also encourages the idea that our forests are a natural asset that we must value and protect for future generations.


Green production and consumption

The Eco School Programme is comprised of several projects and initiatives that promote green production and consumption, such as following:

  • The Eco Quiz for Elementary Schools (Ekokviz 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 (Ekokviz za srednje šole) 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 za okolje) 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.
  • 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).