Sustainability’s power feeds YEU office!
We all know that YEU has implemented a two-year project called “GREEN LEADERS - Active youth participation vs. global environmental and climate change” funded by the Youth in Action Programme of the European Commission. The aim of this project was to gather experience, information and knowledge on sustainability from different stakeholders such as local non-governmental organizations, municipalities and institutions, regional authorities, international organisations and non-organised youth during several activities. One of the main outcomes of this project was a manual which includes guidelines on how to reduce the environmental impact of youth projects and how to promote young people’s green behaviour. The manual is available on YEU’s official webpage under the “Publications” tab and it is very useful as it provide us with practical information and specific tips on various sectors such as Food and Waste, Water, Paper, Energy, Mobility and Visibility.
For the ones who are not so familiar with the term sustainability, it can be defined as “something that can continue for a long time” and it includes various aspects in the social, ecological and economical sector. And if we would like to expand the term, we can talk about sustainable development which is development that meets the needs of the present without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own needs. More information about the topic, you can read both our manual and our policy paper on “Youth Work and Education for Sustainable Development” which is also available on YEU webpage.
What is the most important concerning this idea of sustainability? That YEU implements whatever is defending and promoting, and for this reason we developed our own sustainable garden in our office in Brussels! It’s a small garden with some vegetables and herbs which we take care every day and we later use them in our meals. In YEU, we don’t use our creativity only for preparing projects and activities, but also for preparing fresh and delicious dishes which make our stomach and health happy! Cooking in the office is not only a matter of saving money but also a great chance to spend some time with your colleagues and use together your imagination in order to make a flavorful and colorful meal which you will remember for a long time.
One of our tasty creations is available next to this text. Just take a look and don’t be jealous. You are all invited for lunch!