Ecological Workshop

Ecological Workshop
Main Topic
Solidarity – Volunteering
Additional Topic(s)
Health - Physical
Mobility - Ownership of Public Space
Solidarity - Civic Activities
Solidarity - Participation
1+ day
Implementation Mode
Outdoor F2F
The activity aims to educate young people on the topic of environmental sustainability, with particular reference to the ecological footprint, by providing participants with specific national data so that they can then proceed to collectively reflect on the topic.
Through the activity, participants concretely contribute to the creation and/or
maintenance of an urban garden. Secondly, there is the goal of encouraging young people to care for the planet, through direct actions in the area where they live.
Overview of Activity
The activity consists of carrying out a questionnaire and an activity to encourage caring for the local environment. Participants will experience first-hand some of the criteria by which the ecological footprint is measured and strengthen their knowledge of environmental sustainability.
Description of Activity
The activity consists of two parts: a theoretical and reflective first section, and a second more practical section.

For the first part, it is necessary to prepare a questionnaire for each participant that measures everyone's ecological footprint. See the section "Sources and Additional Materials" for an example of a questionnaire on ecological footprint.

Participants are asked to share the results of their individual questionnaire to figure out "how much land" corresponds to the score they have totaled. Everyone can then answer the question "how many planet Earths would we need to meet leading our lifestyles?" and develop a shared reflection on the level of sustainability of their lifestyle.

The second part involves an activity carried out in the field, which can be the creation of a garden/yard, with seeding and planting workshops, in order to encourage the sustainable use of common spaces to the neighbourhood youth.

Alternatively, a street cleaning activity can be organised to encourage young people to become environmentally aware of their area and respectful citizens.

For these activities, it would be advisable to contact the relevant local administrations or local associations active on the subject. In this way it is possible to promote individual and collective health as well as environmental protection and increase commitment to support potential change in their neighbourhoods.

Sources & Additional Materials
Materials needed: for the first part: a blackboard, multiple copies of the questionnaire and pens; for the second part: depending on the type of activity you decide to carry out, you need to procure the appropriate technical materials.

Test Ecological Footprint Network

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Additional Notes
The creation and dissemination of information materials to reach all places in the neighbourhood and to involve interested young people is very important. In particular, the second part of the activity involves organising outdoor actions for the care of public spaces understood as common goods.

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