Envisioning a sustainable future with youth
I’m proud to announce to you, our readers, that a new project powered with RadiciGroup, is underway. Our first successful collaboration resulted in 12 meticulously written articles from 12 countries around the world. It only seems logical now that a second project is produced in line with GYV’s mission and under the same title, “Envisioning a sustainable future with youth.”
Young generations are now called to play a prime role in the transformation from the current predominant linear economy pattern, characterized by a “take, make and dispose” extractive industrial model, to a new sustainable business model based on the concept of circular economy.
Based on the idea that raising awareness among youth about their key role in the change of the business model is essential, we have decided to gear this project to shed light on the critical concepts of recycling, waste reduction and the circular economy.
To explain our way of considering the phenomenon of circular economy, I would like to quote The Huffington Post, which said in one of its articles on the circular economy, “Let’s assume you’re traveling at a set speed on a very, very long road, but one that does have an end. Assuming nothing else changes, you will eventually get to the end of the road. At that point, there is nowhere else to go. That is how a linear economy works. A linear economy is one that uses natural resources to produce goods. In contrast, a circular economy takes in goods at the end of their useful life cycle and uses them as the raw materials to either recreate them (like recycling paper) or new products (like tires becoming asphalt). When the ‘end’ is also the ‘beginning’ of another process, one can carry on infinitely, like a road that reconnects back to itself.”
The primary aim of our new project is to contribute to raising awareness among young generations about the fact that now is the time to embrace a new business model that is able to generate economic, natural and social capital.
To solve many of today’s fundamental challenges, it is crucial that this change in perspective takes place. GYV want to be paladin of this new way of thinking, living and doing business.
The project will consist of several national video reports focused on youth initiatives that put into practice the principles of circular economy and represent virtuous examples in the field of recycling and reduction of waste, starting May 2017.
Ready to imagine an economy in which today’s goods are tomorrow’s resources? Stay updated on the project by following us on our website and social media pages.
- Alberto Curnis
Sustainability Project Lead
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Introduction to our first project with RadiciGroup
With great enthusiasm, we would like to inform you that in September 2016, Global Young Voices will launch a new project under the slogan "Envisioning a sustainable future with youth." The objective of this undertaking is to shed light on sustainability in all of its facets by reporting, from all around the world, on youths’ concrete activities, and lack thereof, directed at creating a more sustainable world.
The project was shaped in collaboration of RadiciGroup, an Italian company that operates in the chemical industry and that counts a strong international presence. RadiciGroup poses a lot of attention on sustainability and considers it "an important tool to foster business, innovation and corporate culture.” In this line, the company has decided to give concrete support to the project, which has the final objective of bringing youth closer to the concept of sustainability.
Global Young Voices’ mission is to bring forward informative content on issues tackled by the represented countries through the eyes of native youth. We are living in an era in which having at heart the well-being of future generations and tackling the misuse of resources have become priorities impelling us to immediate action. Thus, we consider the exploration of sustainability in all its forms of crucial importance to educate and sensitize young generations to the topic. We strongly feel that raising awareness on this topic will be the first step in the creation and adoption of a more sustainable lifestyle.
Therefore, "Envisioning a sustainable future with youth" springs from the ambition that the words written by young people will be able, (and this is the reason behind "sustainable"), to bring more and more young peers closer to the paradigm of sustainability.
Now, you will probably be wondering what this collaboration consists of concretely. The first phase of the project, from September 2016 to January 2017, consists of publishing a series of articles on the topic of sustainability, one every two weeks. They will be written by a selection of the best writers of Global Young Voices coming from different countries.
The project has a long-term vision, so this first activity will be followed by increasingly innovative and youthful initiatives that we will be kept a secret for the moment. For now, stay up to date by following us through our website and our social media pages!
- Alberto Curnis
Sustainability Project Lead