How to act more sustainably while studying abroad
Discover tips and tricks on how to reduce the environmental impact of your study abroad on the Green Erasmus portal.
The Erasmus+ programme 2021-2027 places a strong focus on the green transition in education and training. It is a key instrument to build knowledge, skills and attitudes on climate change and sustainable development, both within the European Union and beyond.
"Greening" is a priority of the programme, which aims at
- offering increased mobility opportunities in green forward-looking fields
- promoting sustainable means of transport and a more environmentally responsible behaviour
In a recent Green Erasmus survey [PDF - 7 MB], 85% of students showed a strong desire to learn about sustainability.
The survey also showed that there is a gap between the attitude and behaviour of Erasmus students when it comes to acting sustainably.
Respondents requested more initiatives and proposed actions from stakeholders to help them shift to a more sustainable behaviour.
Tips, games and a quiz for students
That is why the Green Erasmus portal lists some concrete actions that students can undertake to offset their carbon footprint.
For instance, did you know that one new pair of jeans uses 3,781 litres of water from production to their sale? Consider buying ‘pre-loved’ vintage clothing instead.
Did you know that 20% of food produced in the EU is wasted? Try to only buy the food you need and if you have surplus, freeze it, give it away, or share it via an app.
These are just two of many excellent tips on the Green Erasmus portal on topics such as
- sustainable transport
- university lifestyle
You can also play the On my way and Small steps games and test your sustainability knowledge through the Green Erasmus Quiz.