Europe

YouthXchange partners in Europe have been actively involved in implementing awareness-raising and capacity-building activities in the region, since the Initiative was created. All adaptations and translations are available for download in the Publications section. Here are some examples of activities that have taken place:

Austria, Belgium, Germany and Switzerland: In 2010, Germany’s Federal Ministry of Food, Agriculture and Consumer Protection and the Federation of German Consumer Organizations developed the YouthXchange training kit on responsible consumption in German for Germany, Austria and German speaking Belgium and Switzerland. The guidebook has been widely disseminated in the four countries and incorporates case studies on sustainable consumption from the four countries.

Croatia: The Ministry of Environment in Croatia is developing a YouthXchange training kit on responsible consumption in Croatian. Croatia is currently collecting case studies on sustainable consumption and plan on widely disseminating the guidebooks in schools and other educational institutions.

Czech Republic: The Ministry of Environment in the Czech Republic is developing a YouthXchange training kit on responsible consumption in Czech. The Czech Republic is currently collecting case studies on sustainable consumption and plan on widely disseminating the guidebooks in schools and other educational institutions.

France: Environnnement et Phenomenes (EKWO) translated and adapted the YouthXchange training kit on responsible consumption in French in 2004. This guidebook continues to be widely used in France and the French-speaking countries, such as Senegal, where it has been used as a tool to educate informal recyclers on sustainable consumption and electronic waste. The YouthXchange Initiative has been profiled in some French media, including this article in the L'Illustre in 2008.

Greece: The Mediterranean Information Office for Environment, Culture and Sustainable Development (MIO-ECSDE) has been using the YouthXchange training kit on responsible consumption in Greek, which they adapted in 2009, as a teaching tool in workshops in schools, after-school programs and conferences and events related to education for sustainable development.

Hungary: The Hungarian Association of Conscious Consumers translated and adapted the YouthXchange training kit on responsible consumption in Hungarian in 2005. The translated guidebook continues to be used in consumer education and raising awareness on responsible consumption across the country.

Italy: The Agenzia Regionale per la Prevenzione e Protezione Ambientale del Veneto (ARPAV) developed the YouthXchange training kit on responsible consumption in Italian in 2006. They have widely disseminated the guidebook and have continued to expand the project since then, through the realization of short films and photo exhibitions.

Lithuania: The Lithuanian National Commission for UNESCO is adapting and translating the YouthXchange training kit on responsible consumption into Lithuanian. The aim is to disseminate the guidebook to each school and education institution in the country, and create a network of trained teachers-experts, who can spread the information and expertise of sustainable consumption and YouthXchange in their schools and towns.

Norway: The Ministry of Children, Equality and Social Inclusion in Norway seeks to strengthen consumer rights, interests and safety, which they are doing with the help of the YouthXchange training kit on responsible consumption in Norwegian, which they translated and adapted in 2005. The translated guidebook, accompanied by a teacher’s manual, is utilized within the formal education system and teachers are trained at the beginning of the school year on consumer issues.

Portugal: Sonae Comercio e Servicos developed the YouthXchange training kit on responsible consumption in Portuguese in 2003 as part of their activities on corporate social responsibility. The guidebook has been disseminated in Portugal.

Slovenia: The Ministry of the Environment and Spatial Planning of Slovenia translated and adapted the YouthXchange training kit on responsible consumption in Slovenian in 2007, with the support and cooperation of many partners. The guidebooks were distributed to all primary and secondary schools as a recommended educational tool on sustainable consumption to be integrated in to the teaching process. The guidebooks were also distributed to more than 300 eco-schools in Slovenia, as well as to all libraries in the countries, making them available to the general public. 

Turkey: in 2009, the Bugday Association for Supporting Ecological Living and the Greensteps for Environmental Literacy have adapted and translated the YouthXchange training kit on responsible consumption in Turkish. Both organizations have been presenting the guidebook in conferences, leading workshops and training youth leaders on sustainable consumption. Their efforts have also included attempting to get the guidebook formally utilized in schools and universities in the country.