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Green Urban Living - sustainable lifestyles in an urban environment

Training Course

17-23 January 2013 | Manchester, United Kingdom

It can be both challenging and de-motivating to keep your green habits & lobby for change to bring in new initiatives in the big urban cities. This training course will bring together people concerned about the environment in urban areas across Europe.
An Urban Planet By 2030 60% of the world’s population or 4.9 billion people are expected to live in cities/urban areas. It is argued that urbanism is fundamentally changing the condition of humanity and our relationship to the earth. (Cities, People, Planet, 2004). The environmental impact of urban areas is putting a huge strain on our Earth’s resources and creating additional issues for the inhabitants of these areas such as loss of biodiversity and urban heat island effect. Do you live in a city and are faced with these environmental challenges? It can be both challenging and de-motivating to keep your green habits and lobby for change to bring in new initiatives in the big urban cities. We believe it is possible that you can bring about a revolutionary change! Young people across the globe are creating urban spaces where creativity, environmental and social action join together to inspire the local habitants, encourage municipalities and empower businesses to adapt greener practices. There are so many inspiring project ideas to tackle the environmental issues urban areas face, such as; creating urban gardens for growing food, leaving wilderness areas and creating spaces for interaction between humans and nature. We have designed this course to help inspire and connect you to exploring ways to support your city to be a more livable, green and an enjoyable place. Come, join and take part in sharing challenges and success stories of your local realities. With like-minded individuals explore good practice case study projects in the city of Manchester. We have created this course for you, giving you a chance to: • Analyze your environmental impact on living in a city, discover possibilities to reduce your urban footprint and bring new initiatives to your own community • Explore ways how you can make a difference in your city using various activism tools, ranging from urban gardening to armchair activism using social media. • Visit diverse inspiring local projects which encourage urban communities to be part of environmental projects and activities. • Network among the like-minded individuals willing to transform their urban environments into more greener and sustainable places. • Hear inspiring case studies of environmental urban projects across the Europe brought by fellow participants. • Develop the concept of green urban citizenship. • Share your skills, talents and stories about your past and current projects that are connected with environmental and youth projects and activities. • Create project ideas for your local community in cooperation with other participant. • Be inspired, supported and empowered by fellow participants, trainers and organizers. Apply now for this exciting opportunity! If you are a youth worker, youth leader, project manager, coordinator, environmental activist, curios volunteer, citizenship initiative enthusiast…..are over 18 and living in an urban area of a Youth in Action program (countries including EFTA and EEA countries, Neighboring partner countries- South East Europe and Eastern Europe and Caucasus) we are waiting to hear from you!

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Training overview


This activity has already happened!

This Training Course is

for 30 participants participants

from Eastern Partnership countries , Erasmus+: Youth in Action Programme countries , Western Balkan countries

and recommended for

Youth workers, Youth leaders, Youth project managers, Environmental activists, curious volunteers...

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British Council (National Agency)

The British Council is the UK National Agency for Youth in Action. We are also a cultural relations organisation that supports educational projects worldwide.

Contact for questions:

Susie Nicodemi


Phone: +44 2073894028

Before applying please contact the NA of your residence country to check if it is involved in this concrete project and committed to cover travel costs. NB! Learn about possible participation fee and other relevant rules.


This project is financed by the Youth in Action Programme. Being selected for this course, all costs (accommodation, travel, visa, etc.) relevant to participation in the course will be covered by the NAs or SALTO involved in this project - except a participation fee which varies from call to call and country to country. Please contact your NA to learn more about the financial details, and how to arrange the booking of your travel tickets and the reimbursement of your travel expenses. If you come from a country other than Programme Countries, please contact the UK NA for further information about the financial details.

This training activity is funded by:

The Erasmus+ Youth in Action Programme

Participants are entitled to receive a Youthpass certificate from the organiser, for recognition of their competence development during the activity. Read more about Youthpass:

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