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Everyday Ecology : Small Steps to create Change
Start date: 01 Aug 2016, End date: 31 Jan 2017 PROJECT  FINISHED 

This Key Action 1 training (Mobility of Youth Workers) will take place from the 28th September to 9th octover 2016, in the municipality of Bourdeaux (Drôme), and is called : « Everyday Ecology : Small Steps to Create Change ».The training will gather 23 participants coming from France, Spain, Lettonia, Czech Republic, Italia, Greece and Romania.The theme of this training course is willingly vast, as we will discuss various aspects of everyday life (food, waste treatment, energy, technologies, transports, citizens' projects around environmental issues, etc.), trying to understand which alternative solutions we can develop in our daily life and at our own level to reduce our ecological footprint.Our main objective will be to raise participants' awareness about the necessity to turn to a healthier and more respectful lifestyle towards our environment and ourselves.We also want to share theoretical and technical knowleges and competences with the participants in order to enable them to also create workshops, animations, training courses in their own professional or personal networks, as a part of Erasmus+ or other european programs for example. Moreover, we would like to create situations which encourage debate about the vast theme of ecology : through these moments of discussion and exchange, we want to make the participants realise that living in an ecological way doesn't necessarily mean giving up our « confort ».As part the program of this training course, practical and theoretical workshops about several different thematics are planned : waste, « Do It Yourself », food and agriculture, energies... The theoretical workshops will help the participants to understand the environmental issues underlying each of these big themes ; the practical workshops (upcycle and re-purpose reclaimed materials, make homemade and natural cosmetic and household products, simulation exercise at the supermarket, a day « Challenge The Nature ! », picking and cooking wild edible plants...) will emphazise the theoretical part with real hand-on tools which can be used easily to reduce our everyday ecological footprint.To complete the training course, we will visit a collective of artists/organic vegetable producers who are engaged in the protection of environment, who have opened an alternative and solidary space which includes a small grocery, a performance hall, an educational garden, etc.Moreover, the participants will be asked to create, throughout the training course and in small groups, a booklet and an awareness-raising short movie about a topic previously chosen and deepened by the theoretical contributions we will discuss during the training course. After that, this movie will help us to promote the actions of our organization, of the Erasmus+ program and of our european partner organizations. The participants may also share it in their professional and personal networks.Regarding the logistics, we will stay in the cottage "Les Hauches", member of the "Accueil Paysan" network. The venue has all the comfort necessary to host this kind of project: rooms with single beds or dormitories, enough bathrooms and a big common room where we will eat and be able to work in case it rains.Regarding the logistics, we will stay in the cottage "Les Hauches", member of the "Accueil Paysan" network. The venue has all the comfort necessary to host this kind of project: rooms with single beds or dormitories, enough bathrooms and a big common room where we will eat and be able to work in case it rains.The daily tasks will be carried out by the participants : cleaning, tidying up, washing-up and cooking. In fact, we think that these tasks are as important as the workshops or the presentation games in the creation of a healthy and constructive group life. Therefore, the participants will be organised in mixed groups (according to gender and nationality) that will rotate everyday doing the necessary tasks for the functioning of the community life.Regarding the food, we have chosen to buy as much as possible from the local producers (dairy products, meat, vegetables and fruits, eggs, cheese, bread, etc.), and to consume as much as possible organic and seasonal products. We think that reflecting on our eating habits is part of our citizen's duty, and we really wish to implement it during this training.We will implement different activities to facilitate the meeting and communication within our group : a « language board" » to learn the language basics of every country represented ; a suggestion box ; the "Secret Friend" game, to be played throughout the whole training, etc.
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