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Youth Glocalisers for Change – global, local, ecological!

An exciting new training programme to inspire and empower young people to become part of the planetary solution as active changemakers and SDG Multipliers.

This project was supported by the Sinnbildungsstiftung.

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The Youth Glocalisers for Change training programme holds the vision of an informed, empowered, imaginative, actively engaged and interconnected generation of Youth Glocalisers, able and willing to adapt lifestyles and consumer behaviours to live within planetary boundaries and to achieve the SDGs by 2030.


    • A workshop training package for young people providing sustainability knowledge and empowerment to take action individually and collectively to reduce our ecological footprint to within one planet living and to advance the achievement of the SDGs by 2030.

    • An innovative, holistic, interactive, learner-centred and participatory training package where students implement their knowledge individually and collectively and develop tangible local sustainability projects.

    • Begins with and integrates knowledge about climate change and unsustainable consumption and production patterns to gain the knowledge and skills necessary to deal with the many interconnected ecological, social, economic and cultural issues of our times. These issues are part of Agenda 2030 and the SDGs.

    • The programme is available either as workshops for students (age groups 11 to 18+) or as a multiplier training for teachers and other youth educators to disseminate the knowledge to their own students.

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What does the term glocalisers mean?

Someone who is globally-connected and informed, whilst creating change

for greater sustainability within their local area.

Learning Outcomes

The school-focused learning package, entitled ‘Youth Glocalisers for Change – Junge  GlÖkos ändern die Zukunft – global, lokal, ökologisch’ contains the following learning outcomes:

  • Youth reflect on their lifestyle and ecological footprint in an experiential way (mini-hectare game covering food, housing, mobility and consumption) and recognise the impact of their life styles on the overall wellbeing of the planet and all people. 

  • Youth discuss how unsustainable many aspects of their lifestyle are and start thinking globally while they observe their local actions – hence paving the way to becoming young ‘Glocalisers’.

  • Youth identify what can be changed about their unsustainable lifestyle themselves, but also recognise the limitations of individual change in the global and wider systemic context.

  • Youth recognise, by addressing together triggering questions, that certain aspects of their lifestyle are pre-determined through societal systems, infrastructures and institutions, which can only be changed by campaigning together as groups and networks of changemakers from the bottom up.

  • They examine the origins of Agenda 2030 and the SDGs and interactively explore the purpose and importance of whole society engagement with, and active work on, the SDGs. In the context of the application of the SDGs, they explore the linkages between the global goals and their communities and life styles.

  • They recognise that they have the creative force, ability and tools to become multipliers for change in the implementation of the SDGs, in particular in relation to and starting from SDG 12 – responsible consumption and production, but also identify the deep interconnectedness of all SDGs as an agenda for societal transformation. 

  • They, together as a group, are ready to develop tangible SDG-related projects for change in the local context and environment which matter to them, and have a ‘Design For Sustainability’ project development toolkit to support their efforts in project co-design and co-creation.

  • They identify the required resources, search for existing initiatives, and network with partners using (existing or new) networking platforms (e.g. Oekolog Schools in Austria) for the design and implementation of their projects.


The training package has adapted and blended Plattform Footprint’s work on Ecological Footprint and Gaia Education’s UNESCO-endorsed, adult-focused trainings and tools for grounding the SDGs in grassroots action, into a German-language, youth-appropriate training package, starting in particular with SDG 12 – Responsible Consumption. .

Through the Ecological Footprint aspects of the training, young people will become aware of their own ecological footprint and how their actions have an effect on the planet, recognising how they are part of the solution. This is integrated with Gaia Education’s SDG programme, tailored to a youthful audience. Through the second half of the training, the young people will gain awareness, information, knowledge, tools and skills. These will help them to harness their potential to take empowered action to achieve the SDGs, by implementing their knowledge individually and collectively and developing tangible local sustainability projects.

Delivery Format

The programme is available for delivery in two forms:

  • As workshops in schools (or other youth groups or organisations) for students as follows:

    • Target age groups: Grade 6 to 12 (or beyond – the programme can also be adapted for college or university students or other groups of young people)

    • Group Settings: 10 to 30 students in a workshop setting

    • Duration: Two workshops of 4 hours duration per workshop (2 half days)

    • Cost: 480 Euro (plus travel expenses)

  • As Youth Glocalisers for Change Multiplier Training for teachers and educators. This training will provide the structure, content and pedagogical approaches and tools for disseminating the programme to students as follows:

    • Target groups: Teachers and educators of young people (schools or other youth-oriented organisations as well as (pedagogical) colleges and universities

    • Group Settings: 10 to 30 multipliers in a workshop setting

    • Duration: One workshop of 4 to 8 hours duration (½ to 1 day)

    • Cost: 360 Euro (half day) to 660 Euro (full day) (plus travel expenses)

The Youth Glocalisers For Change is currently only available in German to be delivered in Austria, Germany, Switzerland.

The Youth SDG flashcards can be ordered in English or German

If you are interested in finding out more about the workshops or would like to book a workshop either for students or for Multipliers (teachers/educators) please contact Peter Gringinger on

This programme was made possible through a partnership between Bildünger, Ashoka Austria, Plattform Footprint and Gaia Education. Information on the project can be found here.

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