Recently, we came across a resource from the United Nations Environment Programme called YouthXchange Training Kit on Responsible Consumption. This book is directed at young people who are looking for ways to positively influence global trade.
The 2008 Training Kit on Sustainable Consumption, produced by the UN Environment Programme (UNEP) and the UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) is now in its second edition. YouthXchange is a train the trainer tool that aims to promote sustainable consumption patterns among young consumers worldwide. Among other novelties, this updated guide includes a chapter on how to find a balance between youths’ consumer aspirations of dressing cool and fashionable while at the same time being aware of the impact of their consumption on, for example, climate change.
More than just a green shoppers' guide, this edition provides young people with information and clear examples of how they can use their purchasing power to benefit the human rights movement and decrease their impact on the planet.
YouthXchange has been translated and adapted in 19 languages and is available in a bilingual (English and French) website.
This post is part of a week-long series focusing on how universities around the globe are remodeling not only their campuses but also their curricula. For more ideas about what to study and where, or to join the debate, check out this week's feature, Majors Making a Difference.
Image credit: The United Nations Environment Programme
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