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Let’s be eco-friendly!

25/09/2013

Youth for Exchange and Understanding (YEU) and TOG are hosting the training course named “Sustainability- advance level” which started the 19th and will last until the 26th of September. Following this, from the 27th to the 29th, a partnership building activity will take place as part of the “Green Leaders” project.

 The initiative is co-financed by European Commission and  Astaş  Holding.

Almost 20 young people flew to Istanbul from Belgium, Spain, Netherlands, Turkey and Portugal to take part to the event; for the partnership building 4 more people are expected to join.

The promoter of the project, YEU, is a non-governmental association that was born in 1986 and up to the present has developed a network of member organizations in 20 countries. TOG is part of this network since 2009 and is the co-organizer of the Training Course that is currently taking place in Istanbul, Turkey. In facts, “Sustainability Advanced Level” is part of a two-year project, named “Green leaders- environmental sustainability vs climate change” that consists of 13 activities about environmental sustainability to be implemented in 5 partner countries on a national and international level.
At this step, the training course is shaped around one question: How can we reduce the environmental impact of our organizations in management and project implementation?

The task to find the answer is left to a heterogeneous group of participants that includes young experts, members of civil society organizations actively working on environmental sustainability, as well as young people having a personal interest on this topic, willing to enhance their knowledge and give their contribution for the success of the project.

Since last Friday the group has been involved in a series of activities including intercultural exercises, debates, creative sessions, meeting with experts and workshops held with the facilitation of a knowledgeable team of trainers coming from Cyprus, Germany and Turkey.

 During the sessions all the participants got to know each other, shared their expectations and how they wish to be committed to the process. They talked about the organizations to which they belong to and explained the main existing obstacles faced in implementing eco-friendly projects. They also discussed on the environmental sustainability guidelines, which were realized during a previous stage of Green Leaders Project in Portugal, and tried to improve it with their knowledge. Moreover a guest from the European Institute of Statistics, held a session on indicators and figures of sustainable development in Europe. Finally Friederike and Annalena, two German students, told the group about their creative initiatives of a “Give away shop”- a shop where no money is needed to buy and everyone can bring anything that he/she wants to get rid of- and the “Free Bike Rental”, to promote and support a healthy lifestyle with zero impact on the environment.

On the fourth day of the training, the participants went to discover the streets of Istanbul and to get some fresh air in order to gather more energy for the next days, because the schedule seems full and most of the work has yet to come.

Catherina La Rosa


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