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Young and imaginative: young people from Liechtenstein and Slovenia seek to increase the commitment to sustainability in their communities. (c) Herbert Wilscher

Building raised plant beds, converting parking spaces, replacing plastic bottles: at the end of the local project, young people from Schaan/LI travelled by train to Maribor/Sl and presented their actions aimed at a more sustainable lifestyle.

Raising awareness for more sustainability and implementing their own projects: at the end of the LOCAL (Low Carbon Alpine Lifestyle) project, young people from Liechtenstein and Slovenia met in Maribor from 11 to 13 October 2019 and presented the results of their local activities. An event held at the Schaan youth club saw young people building raised plant beds and drawing attention to sustainable nutrition while, at the Idrija youth centre, young people transformed a car park into a playground for one day. In Tolmin High School they created a vertical garden and introduced reusable, self-designed water bottles for the whole school.

The LOCAL project brought together the youth club in Schaan, the Tolmin High School and the Idrija youth centre with the Alpine Town of the Year association and CIPRA International to work towards the goal of increasing youth participation in the community and promoting an awareness of sustainability. Sandra Fausch, project manager at CIPRA International, is delighted at the young people's commitment: “It’s wonderful to see young people taking the initiative to bring about change. Starting your own project is like planting a small seed from which something bigger can grow. But it also needs to be cared for.”

The LOCAL project was financed by the LLB Future Foundation, the LIFE Climate Foundation and Erasmus+.

 

Further information: www.cipra.org/de/local (de, fr, it, sl)