#PJstories – Interview with Neda Ilieva

Neda participated in the Training Course “One Earth, One Chance” organized by PROJUVEN in Benalmádena, Spain

Hello Neda! Can you give us your opinion about the project “One Earth, One Chance“ and Erasmus + experience?

One Earth, One Chance is my third project connected with the topic of Climate Change and one of the most educational ones. There were so many different non formal education tools – there were presentations, workshops , games , discussions, roleplay games. It has definitely been one of the best Eramus+ experiences because the group there were genuinely interested in the topic and wanted go learn. The trainers made sure everyone’ voice was heard and everyone could express their opinions. We also had a lot of fun because as previously mentioned we also had games, role playing, workshops etc.

What are some of the biggest challenges you see in addressing climate change, and how do you think we can overcome them?

I think the main problem is that people believe that they as an individual cannot do anything to change the situation, that is more of a global problem. And that’s not true , each of us can contribute even with small things like reducing the meat consumption, getting a filtering water bottle instead of buying plastic bottles every day, reducing the trash and recycling it.

There was a really interesting activity in which we had to design the layout of a eco friendly city and all of us shared ideas on how this city can be as green as possible, it was fascinating to see how different people approach this topic and how they decide what can be the best solution. In one utopic world everyone would be mindful of their carboon footprint and would try to reduce it as much as possible. Unfortunately in the real world is not exactly like that. People are often ignorant of the mark they are making and the future they are leaving for their children.

What are some specific actions you plan to take to reduce your own carbon footprint and contribute to the fight against climate change?

There was a really interesting activity in which each of us calculated their carboon footprint, after that we were divided by teams and discussed our results. My team shared all the differences in their lifestyle and discussed how can we reduce our Carbon footprint. We agreed that it is very important to be aware of the situation and do everything we can do in our power to change it. For example thrifting clothes rather than buying from fast fashion industries or supporting local produced rather than buying from big chains. I think that as soon as we start with the little thing that are incorporated in our daily life the better.

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