Climate change is nowaday one of the biggest issues for our environment. As stated on the European Commission website, temperatures are rising every year, and this brought to several problems like increasing the frequency of wild fire and melting of ice blocks even in places with usually cold temperatures. In the last forty years the temperatures have been rising faster than in the past: the decade (2009–2018) was 0.91 °C to 0.96 °C warmer than the pre-industrial average, according to data of the European Environment Agency. This climate change is impacting strongly on local communities around Europe, creating big problems for agriculture and housing. Another big issue for the environment is the use of single-use plastic in our daily life. As settled in the European Strategy for Plastics in a Circular Economy it is important to introduce plastic into a circular economy, with the aim to have a completely recycled usage of plastic in the next years. How can we fight climate change affecting our society and how could create a more environmentally friendly society starting from the actions in our communities?
“Green Heroes at Youth Work” aims are to tackle challenges related to global environmental issues, sustainable growth and, especially, the lack of social involvement and engagement of young people, and to strive to encourage them to take serious action at any level by increasing their environmental citizenship. Those aims are strictly connected with the aims of the European Union and its plans to reduce pollution and single plastic use, as settled in the EU-wide plastic strategy