Green Cities of YOUth

Increasing the role of young people in the development of sustainable cities





Movie Festival

Documentary film workshops, e.g. on food issues

A film festival all about sustainable food and agriculture. The various short films and documentaries are made by children for children. They are accompanied by professional filmmakers, who additionally organise the joint movie festival as a closing event, where the young directors are interviewed afterwards. The films will deal with many different aspects of our daily diet and consumer behavior, but also show the possibilities of a sustainable nutrition cultur including cultivation and preparation, such as solar cooking. In addition, the children and young people can become creative and get in touch with different types of movie making such as animated films, stop motion movies or classical reports.

Costs: €-€€

Local Food Council

Coalition for development and implementation of food strategy

A food council is a group of individuals or organizations that come together to discuss and address issues related to food systems, such as food production, distribution, access, and consumption. The council may include representatives from government agencies, non-profit organizations, the private sector, and community members. The purpose of a food council is to collaborate on strategies and initiatives that promote sustainable, equitable, and healthy food systems. This may involve identifying and addressing barriers to food access, developing policies that support local agriculture, promoting nutrition education, and advocating for food justice.

Costs: €

Beyond One's Plate

Intercultural exchange by joint cooking

Cooking connects - across cultures! This is the idea of the organisation "Über den Tellerrand kochen". At joint cooking events, typical dishes of a specific country are cooked, depending on the availability of a suitable volunteer cook. Afterwards, alle the participants eat together at a large table. Anyone can participate after prior registration, participation is on a donation basis to finance the ingredients. The event is often accompanied by information about the respective country, interactive games and musical performances. This event not only enables the participants to enjoy a different cuisine but also to meet and connect with new people from different cultures.

Costs: € (costs could inlcude fee for kitchen rental, cooking ingredients, website or printing of flyer)


Edible City

Urban vegetation for all

In Germany, the City of Andernach was a front runner "Edible City" with their garden project started in 2010, but in the meantime the idea has grown into a worldwide network promoting and implementing Edible City Solutions (ECS). As the name implies, the movement intends to convert urban spaces into places of sustainable agricultural production, distribution and use. Edible City Solutions range from neighbourhood gardens, to urban beekeeping and sheep farming, green facades or high-tech indoor farming, cooking and dining events and the use of locally grown urban food in restaurants. The positive effects of such measures go way beyond a local food production - they help make cities healthier, greener and more livable, create new green businesses and jobs and empower local communities to overcome social problems.

Costs: €€

Disco Soup

Joint cooking event with leftover ingredients

"Disco Soup" is playful, joint, usually public cooking event, which is organised like a party around turning food waste into delicious meals. It is based on the "Disco soupe" movement in Paris which started in March 2012 and today is even celebrating an annual "World Disco Soup Day" as the largest collective effort to combat food waste and climate change. It is an event to cook, eat and dance together, showing a fun way to save food, but also to seriously reflect on the amount that goes to waste and on the solutions we all have at hand. Disco Soup events encourage people to buy the "ugly" vegetables and food that is about to go to waste; to learn how to store veggies so that they last longer, to cook zero-waste, to preserve food to last longer, to learn how to use left-overs, to eat more plant based and to share recipes.

Costs: €