Training young people in Central and Eastern Europe to become leading actors of climate action.
Many young people in Central and Eastern Europe are not clearly aware of the impact their lifestyles have on the climate. Therefore, they do not perceive climate action as an immediate necessity. Additionally, due to a lack of experience in civic action, a common view among young people is that they do not have the necessary power to contribute to positive societal change.
“When leaders act like kids, the kids become leaders.” Photo: (c) Goran Horvat
The project addresses young people aged 15–24, raising awareness of the climate crisis and the implications of wasteful consumption on local and global level. Climate Heroes trains 120 young people from Bulgaria, Romania, Serbia and the Czech Republic to become climate leaders: For this, they participate in a programme focused on youth empowerment and leadership skills. This includes workshops for green solutions, climate-friendly lifestyles, media competence, and policy advocacy. After completion of the course, the young climate leaders are starting a total of 40 initiatives, which engage another 2,500 peers, local communities and decision makers. The programme provides the young people with the necessary skills to make their voices heard and to suggest sustainable solutions and policies they and their peers can apply. The project is based on a partnership of WWF offices and youth networks and is assisted by mentors from the public and private sector.
Updated: January 2021
Countries:Bulgaria, Czech Republic, Romania, Serbia
Project duration: 10/20 - 09/22
Funding: 574,370 €
Target groups: Educational institutions, Schools
Implementing organisation: WWF Danube-Carpathian Program Bulgaria
Partners: Czech Environmental Partnership Foundation, United Nations Association of Bulgaria, WWF Adria-Serbia, WWF Danube-Carpathian Program Romania
Mrs Rayna Aleksieva Popova
Organisation: WWF Danube-Carpathian Program Bulgaria
Address: Tsar Boris III Blvd. 19B 1612 Sofia Bulgaria
Potsdamer Platz 10, 10117 Berlin – Deutschland Tel.: +49 (0)30 338424 570 info∂euki.de
The European Climate Initiative (EUKI):
This project is part of the European Climate Initiative (EUKI). EUKI is a project financing instrument by the German Federal Ministry for the Environment, Nature Conservation and Nuclear Safety (BMU). The EUKI competition for project ideas is implemented by the Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) GmbH. It is the overarching goal of the EUKI to foster climate cooperation within the European Union (EU) in order to mitigate greenhouse gas emissions.