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UNEP-UNESCO YouthXchange: Training kit on responsible consumption for Africa

Published in 2017 by
  • UNEP-UNESCO (United Nations / intergovernmental organizations)

Type of document: Training materials, toolkits

African population is expected to reach 1/4 of the world's population by 2050. This growth, along with the growing consumption, puts immense pressure on our natural resources, biodiversity and the ecological balance of the planet, particularly Africa.
This first geographical adaptation of the training kit reflects the need for resource efficiency in all aspects of our lives, from what we eat, how we travel to how we spend our leisure time, and empowers African youth to put theory into practice.

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Why now? Africa has the youngest population in the world. Youth is a critical stakeholder in the economy and will be the main actor and motor for change in the future. This toolkit emphasizes how daily actions have direct and indirect implications for our environment and how important our choice of products and services that satisfy our basic needs is in shaping the market. It touches on waste, climate change, energy, water, child labour and human rights, animal welfare and biodiversity. It looks at our use and abuse of resources, the innovative solutions to manage them more rationally, and the importance of respecting people and their potential to help society grow. Now is the time to live in harmony with our communities and nature, and foster a new generation of citizens to lead this transition by making responsible consumption choices and learning to adopt sustainable lifestyles. We hope that this kit will help Africa’s young people translate their aspirations into everyday actions that bring the continent a healthy environment, with healthy people and a healthy future.