Sustainability and learning mobility
Sustainability has become one of the key areas of consideration for learning mobility, encompassing environmental, social and economic dimensions. This topic has gained on importance due to the climate change concerns, the European Green Deal and the priority of Erasmus+ and European Solidarity Corps, Youth Goal #10 “Sustainable Green Europe” and Council of Europe Youth Department’s work on greening the youth sector.
Sustainability within the learning mobility practice means ensuring that processes within the organization, including implementation of learning mobility activities, are environmentally, socially, and economically sustainable.
In order to improve our understanding of sustainability in youth learning mobility field, in 2021, EU-Council of Europe Youth Partnership conducted various research on sustainability, including the exploratory study and development of a sustainability checklist. EPLM highlighted several examples of practice during its autumn 2021 meeting, and further research is planned in 2022-23 to map the practices across Europe.
Towards the next conference (2022-23)
Working together with JUGEND für Europa, the German National Agency for the EU programmes Erasmus+ Youth in Action and European Solidarity Corps, the EPLM is looking to bring together practitioners, researchers, policy makers and young people to discuss this important topic – with a focus on the environment and its wider connotations.