Active youth for sustainable communities: education and action for a clean environment in Lehliu Gară and Brănești

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Climate change and the side effects of the current economic system are two acute problems that threaten not only the current generation, but also future generations, as the UN experts warn. More than two thirds of young people believe that the priority in terms of EU action over the next ten years must be towards environmental protection and the fight against climate change. Along with the public policies that need to be taken in this direction, there is a dire need for environmental education and sustainable development. This is because, in the absence of systematic education efforts from the authorities, the involvement of citizens in this regard is voluntary and depends to a large extent on several aspects: living in a community with access to education opportunities, schools promoting environmental awareness or being part of a family that makes this a priority.

In this regard, the Romanian Centre for European Policies, together with the Center for Community Development and Social Inclusion EUROPOLIS, has developed this project, which aims to increase the interest of youth in the topic of environmental protection and to educate them on possible solutions to their community’s problems in this field. The target group of the project consists of 4 groups of technological high school, from Brănești (IF) and Lehliu Gară (CL).

The project will be carried out in two stages:

  • In the first stage, students are educated through a series of workshops held in class. The workshops will be accomplished with the help of an educational kit (worksheets, games, etc.), the students will fill in the intervention sheets, with their own proposals in relation to local environmental issues. Afterwards, teams will be formed around the four best initiatives and they will be aided in implementing small community projects.
  • In the second stage, we organize an inspirational study visit to Ciugud, so that students have the opportunity to get to know a community where local public authorities prioritize environmental protection. We then assist the teams to put their first-stage initiatives into practice. The project ends with a visit to the ”Green Mogo” Center for Training and Energy Counselling, where students will be given extensive talk about energy efficiency, and with an exercise in formulating an advocacy goal at national level.

These stages are designed so that the youth participants understand both their role and that of the local public authorities in solving environmental problems in the community in which they live.

The project is implemented by the Center for Community Development and Social Inclusion EUROPOLIS in partnership with the Romanian Centre for European Policies and benefits from a 49900 euros grant from Active Citizens Fund Romania, programme funded by Iceland, Liechtenstein and Norway through the EEA Grants Grants 2014 -2021. The content of this website does not necessarily reflect the official position of the EEA and Norway Grants 2014-2021; for more information visit More details about Active Citizens Fund Romania are available at