Youth and Biodiversity

31 October 2022

Watch video recording of the youth exchange program

Youth Exchange – Project PEACE: Psychological and Eco-social Aspects of Climate Change, Spain, from 18-25 Oct. 2022

10 young people and their leader represented Desert Bloom Cooperation Circle in a Youth Exchange program under the project “PEACE: Psychological and Eco-social Aspects of Climate Change,” hosted by Permacultura Cantabria in Penagos, Cantabria - Spain, from 18-25 Oct. 2022.

The youth Exchange tackled many good practices and techniques regarding environmental actions and local initiatives. Participants have become aware of key concepts relevant to Climate Change and its implications. They acquired many adaptation and mitigation practices to fight against climate change on individual and community levels. Additionally, we visited an ecological farm and learned about ecological farming and sustainability practices, including bio-building.

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Participants during a training session

The Desert Bloom’s Day focused on the social and community side of Climate Change. Participants learned about the importance of Biodiversity for our survival. On an individual level, they gained useful insights on how to make their lives more environmentally friendly by greening their Lives toward a “Zero Waste” lifestyle. Each participant did an Ecological Footprint test to learn how many Planets it takes to sustain their lifestyle. Some participants were shocked to know that they needed more than 5 plants to sustain their lifestyle. Participants learn how to practice the 5 principles of Zero Waste (The 5 Rs; Refuse, Reduce, Reuse, Recycle, Rot). Moreover, they were able to share their most successful stories on their greener adaptation activities.

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Mamoun Khreisat, the URI Regional Coordinator for Middle East and North Africa, interacts with participants during a session

On a community level, Desert Bloom shared many good practices to reduce environmental harm together. To share local context, each national team was asked to present the most environmentally harmful practice in their country in acting by applying the Theatre of the Oppressed technique. Afterward, participants were divided into groups and asked to generate innovative ideas for an environment-friendly society by applying the SCAMPER technique. Then present their ideas on Climate change Advocacy posters.

The project “PEACE: Psychological and Ecosocial Aspects of Climate Change” (project No. 101051323 ERASMUS-YOUTH-2021-CB), is co-funded by the European Union.