Did you know that, based on the data available by the European Commission, 5 tonnes of waste is produced by the average European each year?
Mismanagement of waste by people and their actions is one of the causes of the environmental pollution that has a serious impact on human population and living organisms.
While urban areas struggle with pollution the most, mountains are no exception. Although the Alpine Convention’s 8th Report on the State of the Alps confirms that the quality of Alpine air is still relatively good, the presence of mass tourism and outdoors sports activities such as hiking, skiing and biking in mountainous regions of Europe is indeed “leaving a trace”. Each year visitors and mountaineers litter the trails with plastic bottles, wraps, aluminium foil, cans, paper tissues and other. Luckily, however, each year after the season, volunteers and locals clean the popular routers and areas.
ENGSO Youth joins this movement through an Erasmus+ Sport small-collaborative partnership Move4Nature which aims to use physical activity and hiking as a tool to promote green actions and environmental protection among the European youth.
The project is led by Institute Impact (Slovenia) with a joint effort of four other organisations: ENGSO Youth (Europe), AJSPT Suceava (Romania), Center Veriga (Slovenia), and additional associated partner Mhor Outdoor (Scotland).
In October, ENGSO Youth Committee member Iva Glibo and ENGSO Youth Policy and Project Manager, Tiago Guilherme, joined the partners in Edinburgh, Scotland, for a kick off meeting and cleanup action in the surroundings of the city.
With its expertise, ENGSO Youth will lead the dissemination of the project and creation of educational tools, with the help of Mhor Outdoor. In 2023, Slovenia (Center Veriga, Impact) and Romania (AJSPT Suceava) will gather local youth with a mission to clean local trails in mountainous regions of the countries. The final conference will be organised in Slovenia by the coordinator of the project Institute Impact in autumn 2023.
More about Move4Nature: http://institut-impact.si/move4nature/
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