Many years of experience, ours and that of our partners, revealed the insufficient civic and social participation of young people, the low level of environmental education and young people’s lack of awareness of the consequences of wasting resources (including wasting food). This project is a response to these problems. Our main goal is to increase youth’s civic and social participation and engage the residents in local policies concerning ecology and the idea of zero waste and less waste in the Greater Poland Province.
As part of the project, we set up 20 School Eco-Leader Clubs and carry out comprehensive educational activities and volunteer actions, involving various groups of beneficiaries: school students, teachers, local government officials and the local community. We hold trainings, workshops, webinars, 2 conferences, 3 citizens’ panels and 1 local government panel for 300 school students, 20 teachers, 40 people from local government, 40 people representing youth councils, neighbourhood councils and village councils, and 60 residents. We carry out 80 voluntary youth actions. These include zero waste campaigns in schools, zero waste marketplaces, Oxford debates and school participatory budgeting. We are developing a ‘Masterplan for zero waste’, a document that initiates a new local policy on zero waste implementation. The project is being implemented in 20 locations in the Greater Poland Province. It will result in a real change in local communities, i.e. an increase in subjectivity, knowledge and skills in the area of public participation, as well as waste minimisation and implementation of the zero waste idea. In total, we will involve more than 2,000 people in the project. Our partners are: Association Metropolia Poznań, Association Ecologists Without Borders (EBM Slovenia) and Norsensus Mediaforum (Norway).