(7th-16th September 2018)
About 71 percent of the surface of the Earth is covered by water and over three billion people depend on marine and coastal biodiversity for their livelihoods. Water influences climate, weather, the quality of the air that we breathe, but today watery environments are facing significant problems and are heavily affected by human activities such as overfishing, coastal development, pollution from shipping, plastic pollution, etc.
That’s why in September 2018 forty youngsters coming from eight countries (Croatia, Georgia, Armenia, Moldova, Latvia, Serbia, Italy, Portugal) gathered in Murter to exchange their experiences and to become active in finding solutions to water problems, but also to learn about tolerance and respect and about the importance of cooperation, because water does not recognize borders.
During the youth exchange, creative non-formal methods based on the concept of “learning by doing” allowed the participants to further develop their knowledge and to practice their skills in presentation and organization and their creativity.
Among the results of the project there are:
– two actions with which our youngsters gave their contribution to the local community: a beach cleaning and the realization of a sea-related mural in Murter’s kindergarted;
– the implementation of four Blue Campaigns: a beach cleaning, an awareness action about plastic in Murter’s main square and shops, a workshop in the local school during which children learnt how to recycle old maps and rags to make paper bags, and an educational activity with children about the risks that plastic pollution poses to water wildlife. These experiences and the lesson learned from them are summarized in the e-booklet “Let’s do it! Blue Campaign”.
“Youth4C – Youth for Marine Environment” was organized by Udruga Argonauta in partnership with Centrul Republican “Gutta-Club” (Moldova), LLC Umbrella (Georgia), Inženjeri zaštite životne sredine – Environment Engineering Group (Serbia), Stepanavan Youth Center (Armenia), Radi Vidi Pats (Latvia), Onda Verde – Associação Juvenil de Ambiente e Aventura (Portugal), Area Marina Protetta Punta Campanella with their Project M.A.R.E. (Italy). The youth exchange received the support of Erasmus+ funding and of the Agency for Mobility and EU Programmes.