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Youth Xchange Climate Change and Lifestyles Guidebook

Youth Xchange Climate Change and Lifestyles Guidebook

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The YouthXchange guidebook on climate change and lifestyles is the first in a series of thematic guidebooks supporting the YouthXchange Initiative. The thematic guidebooks take into account challenges, opportunities, good practices and case studies on global challenges. This new guidebook explores the links between climate change and lifestyles and helps young people consider the actions they might take towards more sustainable lifestyles. Aimed at young people (15-24 year olds) and people working with young people such as educators, teachers, trainers and youth leaders in both developed and developing countries, this guidebook provides scientific, political, economic, social, ethical and cultural perspectives on climate change. It explains complex issues in accessible language supported by facts, graphics images, case studies, and resources. The guidebook includes the following sections: learning as change, climate change and its impacts, living the good life, food and drink, energy control, travel and transport, leisure and entertainment, shopping for stuff, money and jobs, connecting with others and taking action.
The YouthXchange guidebook on climate change and lifestyles is the first in a series of thematic guidebooks supporting the YouthXchange Initiative. The thematic guidebooks take into account challenges, opportunities, good practices and case studies on global challenges. This new guidebook explores the links between climate change and lifestyles and helps young people consider the actions they might take towards more sustainable lifestyles. Aimed at young people (15-24 year olds) and people working with young people such as educators, teachers, trainers and youth leaders in both developed and developing countries, this guidebook provides scientific, political, economic, social, ethical and cultural perspectives on climate change. It explains complex issues in accessible language supported by facts, graphics images, case studies, and resources. The guidebook includes the following sections: learning as change, climate change and its impacts, living the good life, food and drink, energy control, travel and transport, leisure and entertainment, shopping for stuff, money and jobs, connecting with others and taking action.

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Published by: United Nations Environment Programme on Oct 24, 2011
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We all want to enjoy life, but are there ways we can do so that also reduce
our impact on the planet and its resources?

Having fun

Leisure time is an essential part of healthy living.
It is important for young people to break away
from their busy lifestyles to take some time out
for recreation and pure enjoyment. There are
certainly ways to have fun whilst taking action
on climate change. There are now many green
choices we can make about sports, games, arts,
films, festivals, holidays, youth activities and
projects. Changing people’s behaviour for the
better is easier when it’s fun! In fact, young people
lead the growth in climate-friendly acoustic music
jams, board games in cafes and green festivals.

Organizing low carbon events

Many young people have the chance to organize
fairs or festivals in their community or college,
or at family gatherings, parties and seasonal
celebrations. Why not make them green events?

There are many ways to go green when
organizing events, for example, having
vegetarian/organic food choices, using washable
and recyclable cutlery and crockery, having
paperless invitations, relying on natural light,
etc.

Tips

Take a look at the Fun Theory to see how
simple everyday actions can be presented in a
fun way and be good for the environment!

îCase study

Young people in parts of England and
Denmark can now experience simple, low-tech
living in the wilderness by hiring Danish hiking
shelters. These shelters are built using wood
from locally harvest timber and insulating roofs,
with nearby compost toilets.

îCase study

Flickr: Camp Action Climat

© Listening Eye Images

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Leisure and entertainment

Climate-friendly arts

Performing and visual arts have the power to
express and explore other ways of looking at the
world, enabling us to question and change our
lifestyles.

Low carbon sports

Any sport that uses fuel is likely to be carbon
costly whether in a powered vehicle, travelling to
get to the sport, in the sports clothing or sports
equipment or on the surfaces. But think of the
sports that are low carbon - activities that allow
you to interact with your natural environment like
cycling, skateboarding, surfing, climbing, sailing,
canoeing, football, etc.

The Action Sports Environmental Coalition
is paving the way for skateboarders, surfers,
snowboarders, BMX bikers to buy green and
ride green. One of their member organizations,
Comet, uses sustainably harvested bamboo and
non-toxic resins to make its skateboards.

îCase study

The Beijing Olympics met many of its
pledges on the environment based on a report
by UNEP. From reducing air pollution to big
investments in public transport and renewable
energies, the organizers made major efforts to
ensure that the games marked a step forward
in terms of an eco-friendly mass spectator
sporting event.

îCase study

The Otesha Project, Canada, uses bicycle
theatre to encourage young people to think
about their lifestyle choices. The youth-led
project runs cycle tours for young people,
stopping off at schools, community groups and
festivals along the way to perform their plays or
run workshops in sustainable living. The project
started in Canada in 2003, but its ideas and
actions have since spread to the Philippines,
Japan, the United Kingdom and Australia.

îCase study

The Young Artists Fellowship for the
Environment (YAFE) uses art as a platform for
environmental campaigning in the Philippines.
Over the years, YAFE has implemented various
projects from grassroots initiatives such as
EnviroArt workshops, murals, theatre plays or
art exhibits highlighting environmental issues.

îCase study

Explore ways to convey different low carbon
leisure and entertainment activities by drawing
a picture, inventing a game, singing a song,
designing a house or room, writing a poem, or
planning something.
Now spread your message of adopting more
sustainable activities with others!

Get Active!

Organizing events that are climate-friendly
can be good for their promotion and reputation,
as well as for the planet and the participants.

The visual and performing arts can help to
expose and express issues related to climate
change, consumerism and sustainable lifestyles.

Tips

Flickr: Greenkozi

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