Plant the Future

- Environmental Awareness Youth Exchange -

IMPRESSIONS ​FROM THIS PROGRAM

The mission of this project was to aid in the transformation from large scale, mono-agriculture to small and local holdings that spread throughout cities, and to reduce net carbon emissions as a result. To support the development of ecologically integrated cities, with active and aware citizens who contribute to personal and ecological health with the consumption of locally tended to healthy food, increase in connection to earth and wellbeing. To foster an understanding of restorative urban agriculture and the associated benefits for mental health, society/communities and the local and global environment. We aim to achieve these with a combination of nature-based practices, along with mindfulness, optimal psychology and reconnection tools.

The aims and objectives of this project were:
- helping youth rediscover connection with nature, joy and grounding through reconnection along with aiding awareness of self-regulation, inspiration and calm,
- fostering a sense of community that may be lacking opportunities to contribute to larger projects of meaning and endorsing nature reconnection;
- providing a space in which young people can share their concerns and doubts about environmental topics, join constructive and find practical solutions,
- bringing practical and applicable tools for implementation after the project, process-based and solutions-focused actions intended for long-term change,
- supporting the progression of key developmental needs for young people (e.g. sense of community, meaningful connection, self-confidence & authenticity).


Learning experience:
The programme has been designed based on the research, needs and issues expressed by young people, considering their time constraints, learning needs and other challenges. It was flexible to adapt to the learning needs and styles of the participants over a range of the entire project. This project contained three main stages: initial preparation - wherein participants had to take part in multiple activities and exercises, exchange mobility - wherein participants had to join a 6 day-long activity in Vienna together with the chosen participants from partner organisations, and follow-up - wherein participants had to implement follow up projects.

This project was funded by the ERASMUS+ Programme of the European Commission through the Austrian National Agency OeAD.

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 Impressions from the Local Follow-up Initiatives