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Green Skills and Lifestyles

The YouthXchange Green Skills and Lifestyles Guidebook is the second in a series of thematic     the UNEP/UNESCO YouthXchange (YXC)    !  6  7  is designed to help young people familiarize themselves with the green        for a green economy (such as how to engage in social innovation and green entrepreneurship), and how          (which also involves adopting more sustainable     ! 8     better prepare young people for green jobs by envisioning future jobs and the required        

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Young people are exposed to messages promoting increased consumption, amidst a stalling world economy, where          Achim Steiner                UN Under-Secretary-General and Executive        Director of UNEP               population and consumption trends, by the 2030s we will need the equivalent of    a different path - one that will include a transition to a green economy and deliver solutions to the global challenges of sustainable development and !  "    !    #     $        !        %           !  This transition involves all of us, governments,            %    !          !     

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Young People and the Green Economy Today’s generation of young people is the largest in   &       '          ( !   !   %   this generation that will drive the green economy Considering that approximately 33,000 young      )                   (**                !          determining factor in the success of this transition   " '   are the most educated generation ever, they face

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About the Guidebook What is a Green Economy?

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Greener Skills

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Green Economy: Is it happening?


This Guidebook is structured around themed sections, including an online resources section

Social Innovation and Green Entrepreneurship

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Green Jobs

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