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EACEA National Policies Platform


9. Youth and the World

9.5 Green volunteering, production and consumption

Last update: 25 January 2021


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  1. Green volunteering
  2. Green production and consumption


Green volunteering

No centrally-provided programmes or actions aiming specifically to help young people engage in green volunteering activities exist. However, several programmes are on offer to young people from third sector organisations, including the following:

  • The #iwill4nature campaign launched in 2019 as part of the UK’s Year of Green Action. It is an initiative to bring young people (10-20 year olds) into the heart of environmental action through environmental volunteering such as litter-picking, maintaining green spaces or campaigning for the zero-plastic agenda.
  • the Conservation Volunteers (Scotland branch) offers a number of Youth Programmes for individuals aged between 16 and 24, including work experience opportunities in conservation and horticulture.
  • Green Aspirations Scotland runs a Youth Volunteer Training Programme aimed at young people between the ages of 18 and 25, teaching them skills in tree identification, woodland management and green woodworking; participants also work towards an award and teach high-school students the skills learned during the first half of their programme.
  • The Green Team works with young people in Edinburgh to conserve and restore wild places.

Green production and consumption

Bike Club Scotland, which is run by Youth Scotland and the cycling charity CTC, works with young people who are not traditionally engaged in physical activity and cycling - particularly young people from minority ethnic communities, disadvantaged areas, women and individuals with disabilities. The programme enables participants to become confident cyclists and to take part in a number of training initiatives, including bike mechanics, risk assessment workshops and cycle ride leader courses. Participants are also given the skills and training to volunteer with other young people by establishing their own bike club, encouraging yet more individuals to use sustainable transport. Bike Club Scotland is part-funded by the Scottish Government and Glasgow City Council.