It is clear that we use so many resources and raw materials today that we are beginning to feel the impact on the health of nature and ourselves. A transition to a more circular economy may offer a solution.
But is this circular economy social enough? In Flanders, many workshops, trainings and bootcamps on circularity are already being organised. However, most of these projects have very ambitious goals and mainly attract a certain learning audience of highly educated, enthusiastic young minds with a certain stability in life. But circular economy must also be accepted by less traditional population groups: students with difficult home situations, single young mothers, newcomers, underprivileged people, etc. The Platform for Community Service wants to respond to this with the C-Power project.
The Platform for Community Service is a Belgian non-profit organisation that tries to mobilise young people from all layers of society around social issues. Young people can participate in a project with a host organisation and receive all kinds of training in citizenship. They gain life experience, get to know themselves and their talents better, and at the same time make themselves useful in a project that benefits society.
With C-Power, we have developed two programmes on circular economy: one in Leuven on circular food systems and one in Mechelen on circular clothing and textiles. Under the coaching of academics and the educational supervisors, young people were able to discover the many facets of circular economy through various workshops. Besides a theoretical training, they were given the opportunity to temporarily work in a host company that applies the principles of circular economy. Finally, they were challenged to develop their own circular idea or project.
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Partners Stad Leuven, Katholieke Universiteit Leuven, (vertegenwoordigd door KU Leuven Research & Development), Leuven 2030 vzw, Wendy Wuyts