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Grounding our Future - Youth Volunteering and the Challenges of Climate Change
Start date: Dec 1, 2010,

The issue of Climate Change is a key element of the contemporary interconnections between North and South of the world. It involves the entire planet. The most affected countries are those of the Southern Emisphere, while in the North the majority of Co2 is produced as well as other gases responsible for global warming. It is therefore essential to deal with this unbalanced relation, to train both European and Southern Youth in order to implement innovative strategies and campaigns against the causes of Climate Change. Youth Volunteering can be a medium for intertwinning Northern and Southern campaigns on Climate Change issues and the project will be able to testify it.The main objective of the project is to enhance Youth capacity to promote volunteering as a tool to endorse sustainable life styles, and to contrast global warming, enriched by the exchange with people living in other areas of the world and similarly dealing with global issues and -specifically- with the Climate Change challenges.The activities foreseen are the following ones:-Short term training in each country on North South Relationships, Climate Change and Youth active citizenship. The training will create a core group of youngsters which will function as support and sounding board.-Capacity building training, in Berlin, with members of all partners aimed at designing a long term strategy and campaigns about Climate Change. The campaign, will connect perspectives of Northern and Southern countries about the issue of Climate Change, its backbone will be youth volunteering.-Job shadowing for youth workers in each country. Aim of the job shadowing will be the empowerment of youth workers and a joint implementation of the awareness campaign on Climate Change, with the fruitful help given by the presence of Youth from other areas of the world.-Short term "green workcamps", in each country, where to start implementing the campaign, and to promote volunteering as tool to foster sustainable practices and life styles- Local Conferences in each country to give the highest visibility to the campaign, to disseminate the resultsof the job shadowing, to multiply target groups of the campaign at local and national level- . Final conference in Rome giving visibility to the results of the projectsFinal evaluation of the project and delineation of possible follow upThe dissemination strategy will be based on a skilled use of media, specifically with the awareness campaign, and on the reproduction of project results through the wide networks the partners are in.The main outputs will be 1) Improved Youth capacity to promote answers to climate change challenges, 2)Organization development of young people on green volunteering campaigning 3)Enhanced youth awareness on Climate Change.
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