UNEP and UNESCO Release Youth Training Kit to Keep the Planet “Cool”

YouthXchange Training Kit 1 October 2008: The UN Environment Programme (UNEP) and the

UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) have released an

updated version of the YouthXchange Training Kit, which seeks to promote

sustainable consumption among youth worldwide. The joint initiative aims to

change purchasing patterns by reducing waste from discarded products such as

mobile phones and outdated fashion, while engaging youth in the fight against

climate change.

The new version of the training kit, revised from the previous

2002 version, includes a new chapter on how to balance aspirations of dressing

fashionably while being aware of the impact of consumption on global warming.

UNEP Executive Director Achim Steiner expressed the hope that youth can

influence world politics and back the climate change agreement for the

post-2012 period, which is currently under negotiation and is expected to be

concluded in Copenhagen, Denmark, in December 2009.

He added that young people

“can play a massive part in fighting climate change while being cool and

keeping the planet cool, too.” [UN

Press Release]