For the project “Youth Discovering Sustainable Lifestyles”, a group of 29 activists from 11 countries came together in November 2017 at Sieben Linden ecovillage to create opportunities for youth to experience ecovillages and learn about sustainable lifestyles.
The purpose of the meeting was to create youth exchanges in ecovillages for the summer of 2018.
The participants were a diverse group from 11 countries (Finland, France, Israel, Italy, Germany, Greece, Netherlands, Serbia, Slovenia, Spain and the UK), the vast majority under 30 and some with prior personal experience of youth exchanges.
Currently, the participants are working on 6 applications for different youth exchanges that are to take place during the course of the year 2018 at the ecovillages Findhorn (UK), Los Portales (Spain), Sieben Linden (Germany) and ZEGG (Germany) plus more in Serbia and Finland.
The Youth Exchange projects developed are centred around different aspects of sustainability: ecovillages and sustainable lifestyles, eco-building, green entrepreneurship and personal growth and empowerment. They will directly make the ecovillage experience more accessible to youth through offering funded opportunities and a doorway into the world of sustainable living.
The project was funded by the ERASMUS+ program of the European Union.