In an increasingly interconnected world, the importance of fostering environmental citizenship among the youth cannot be overstated. The problem about the level of the ecological conscience was the driving force this May 11th to 14th, behind the project “WB6 EnvironMental Citizenship and SDGs Training“ in the region of Western Balkans, more precisely in Kraljevo, the heart of the Serbia. Our mission was to tackle the mind and empower the region's youth to take charge of their environmental responsibilities. We embarked on this journey with the aim of educating young people about environmental sustainability concepts and giving them the toolkit to advocate for environmental causes. Additionally, we have prepared youth for public appearances and advocacy work.
The four-day seminar included a series of lectures and workshops on mobility opportunities, environmental citizenship, leadership, and public appearance. The lecturers gave the youth the toolkits and guidance on how to bring environmental issues to the public stage. The project's impact extends beyond its immediate participants, which laid the foundation for a more environmentally conscious and proactive generation that will actively contribute to the region's development and the protection of its natural resources.
The project was supported with the following organisations: The Erasmus Student Network introduced the youth to European opportunities for youth mobility, setting the stage for international cooperation. The Rotary Club Kraljevo served as the city host and provided essential networking opportunities for the participants. Local brandy producer "Rakija iz rakije" introduced the concept of eco-friendly tourism within the local business framework, promoting sustainable practices. Environmental organisations "Green Seed" and NGO "Karika" introduced the participants to ecological projects in Serbia and Montenegro, respectively. Their expertise and guidance were invaluable in nurturing environmental consciousness among the youth. All of the partners organisations were sharing photos and videos through their public communication channels (Facebook, Instagram, websites). Also, local news shared the project, which summed up made organic reach to more than 100 000 people. To fulfill the specific objectives of our project, we employed a multi-faceted approach.
The project successfully fulfilled the WBAA clusters through the series of lectures and workshops for WBAA members.
Serbia, Kraljevo, 25th of October 2023