Educational process on sustainable development and recycling in Novo Mesto - Slovenia

Within the framework of the project WE-NET (Working for Environmentally Educated Towns) funded by the programme Europe for Citizens, the Association for Developing Voluntary Work Novo Mesto organized two educational activities on the themes of recycling waste management and sustainable development. More than 60 participants, mainly youngsters attended and contributed to the event.

The project WE-NET brings together local authorities and civil society associations from 8 countries to work together on issues of mutual concern and exchange ideas. The emphasis of the local processes is on raising young people’s awareness on sustainable development and the concept of circular economy. Collaborative partnerships among municipalities, educational facilities, like-minded institutions and businesses, and community organisations is seen as crucial to maximize reach and impact of the project.
In the educational process in Novo mesto, children and teenagers had a unique opportunity to get to know more about the recycling circle and selective waste sorting. They contributed in the workshop session to create a sustainable model of Novo Mesto today and in the future by using recycled materials. They also had the opportunity to debate on the screening “The True Cost”, documentary giving inputs on the fashion industry, its huge costs for the environment and workers’ human rights. Participants reflected and exchanged upon how to bring better alternatives for customers.