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GREENTRACE Kick-off Meeting

08 Aug 2023

GREENTRACE Kick-off Meeting

Thursday, 20 July, 2023, first meeting of the GREENTRACE project hosted by CUS Padova, Italy

The GREENTRACE project has begun. Our aim is to promote ecological awareness and consolidate sustainable behaviour among young people, experimenting new approaches to education through outdoor sports.

On Thursday, 20 July 2023, we met in the premises of CUS Padova, Italy, for the first meeting in presence of this project funded by the Erasmus+ programme of the European Union. The meeting was attended by a representative from each partner organisation: CUS Padova (Italy), Universidad Catolica de Valencia (Spain), Stichting Anatta Foundation (The Netherlands), Budapest Association for International Sports (Hungary) and Active Youth Association (Lithuania).

Our mission is to offer to young people an effective way to change their behaviours towards sustainability through active participation, sport an exploration. The GREENTRACE answers the need for sustainability education arising from young people’s demand to create innovative, youth-driven solutions to face the climate crisis. A need that sports and youth organisations are called upon to meet, given their leading role in raising young people’s awareness on environmental protection and ecological practices. A role that is also recognised to them by the UN 2030 Agenda in achieving the 17 Global Goals for Sustainable Development.

During the meeting, we discussed the topic of sustainability related to psychology, environmental protection, sport and youth. Then, we evaluated together how the concept of sustainability could be applied in an educational intervention aimed at young people, with the focus on sport and outdoor activities in connection with nature.

All our efforts are now directed towards defining the most appropriate methodology and developing the content of the following workshops for youth workers, aimed at increasing their competences in providing effective active sustainable learning to young people.

Excellent start of the work thanks to a team made of experts in the different fields of action of the project.