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UNEP helping young consumers be more eco-friendly

youthXchange Training Kit coverUNEP and UNESCO have just released the new and updated edition of their popular YouthXchange. The YouthXchange Training Kit serves as a guide to eco-friendly living for young consumers.

This 2008 release is the second edition (first edition 2002) of the YouthXchange Training Kit produced by UNEP (United Nations Environment Program) and UNESCO (United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization). UNEP describes their publication as a "train the trainer tool that aims to promote sustainable consumption patterns among young consumers worldwide".

“YouthXchange is one of the most important youth activities connected to UNEP’s sustainable consumption and production work - it provides us with content that we are able to convey to other young people, empowering them to make different choices in their daily lives and be actors of change,” says Gabriela Monteiro, a UNEP Tunza Youth Advisor.

Included in this updated guide is a chapter on how to find a balance between the desire of today's youth to look "cool" and fashionable while maintaining an awareness of the impact of their consumption on such areas as climate change. 

“Through their (youth) purchasing patterns, life-style choices and networks with schools and universities to clubs, the music scene and sports they can also influence the wider world - influence that will be vital for moving communities, companies and countries to back a new UN climate change deal in Copenhagen’s UN Climate Change Conference in 2009”, says Achim Steiner, UN Under-Secretary General and UNEP Executive Director.

“This initiative, which fits within the framework of the UN Decade of Education for Sustainable Development (DESD, 2005-2014), seeks to raise the awareness of young people and make responsible consumers of them,” said Koïchiro Matsuura, Director-General of UNESCO.

Through the YouthXchange program, UNEP and UNESCO collaborate to help young people to make their everyday actions part of their aspirations for a better world. 

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