At a time when the Earth's resources are being depleted faster than they can be replenished, adopting and promoting more sustainable ways of living that are in harmony with our communities and nature has never been more crucial. This guidebook supports young people to become advocates and agents of change for sustainable lifestyles in their respective communities around the world.
The world's youth will have a significant role to play if we are to bring about the widespread behavioral change needed to shift towards more sustainable lifestyles and consumption habits. It is important for young people to understand that behind over-consumption lies increased exploitation of resources, rising poverty, widening inequalities and persistent conflicts, all of which will worsen with climate change and eventually will minimize their opportunities for a better and sustainable future.
UNEP and UNESCO’s YouthXchange Guidebook on Climate Change and Lifestyles aims to answer the questions that young people aged from 15 to 24 may have, and to inspire them in their daily lives.