People’s health is strongly correlated with the health of the surrounding environment. Issues such as Climate Change and Pandemics are increasingly sounding alarm bells. Young people constitute a large part of the world’s population and will have to live longer with the consequences of our current environmental decisions. The Eco – Health program promotes a healthy lifestyle among young people and aims to increase their awareness on the crucial importance of a healthy ecosystem for all beings and organisms thriving through nature. Humans are an important part of this ecosystem, while simultaneously its biggest threat.
It is fundamental for Albania to start a societal transition towards a greener economy and lifestyle. We think that youth can play an important role in leading the country’s population towards changes in behaviour and habits. They are increasingly engaging in grass root initiatives for environmental protection, while young entrepreneurs show a higher will in embracing eco-friendly business practices.
The idealistic spirit of young people can play a crucial role in changing our current environmental practices. But we need to give them the right knowledge and tools so they can play a key role in the sustainability of our city (ies).
Through this program, we will use non-formal education practices like inclusive and voluntary participation in common planting initiatives; peer to peer learning activities addressing mental and physical health; an active outdoor and nature based lifestyle will be promoted, including healthy eating and self-care habits; innovative workshops will be organized with the aim of increasing awareness on local-global environmental and health issues, where youngsters can provide own ideas and solutions. All these activities will encourage youth in becoming active leaders of change for a more sustainable and thriving society.