Denmark’s green think tank CONCITO and the community GRO SELV receives DKK 1,355,000 (approx. EUR 182,000) from Roskilde Festival’s open call called ‘Young Voices’ for the project ‘Green Study Trips’.

Denmark’s green think tank CONCITO and the community GRO SELV will help college students choose travel destinations and means of transport with less climate impact.

“More and more young people are getting into climate issues and sustainability. On the one hand, many young people demand concrete action from politicians and companies, and on the other hand they want to get advice as to how to reduce their own climate footprint,” says Stefan Bruse Thor Straten, project manager at CONCITO’s Climate Embassy.

Choosing more climate-friendly ways of travelling is one of the individual lifestyle changes that has the most positive impact on the climate. According to Stefan Bruse Thor Straten it is also one of the habits that can be difficult change:

“One of the areas in which young people are responsible for quite a big emission of greenhouse gases – but also in which they have one of the biggest challenges in terms of reducing emission – is when they travel”

Travelling in green ways –now and in the future

With ‘Green Study Trips’ CONCITO and GRO SELV hopes to help break down some of the prejudices and barriers that may be related to travelling in climate-friendly ways.

Among other things, CONCITO and GRO SELV wants to do workshops where volunteer climate ambassadors work together with students to plan study trips with a low climate impact. The think tank will also make a guide with examples on various destinations for inspiration. The aim is for the projects to reach all of Denmark.

The hope is that the young people will not only be inspired to choose more climate-friendly ways of travelling as students, but that they will also choose to travel in more climate-friendly ways now and in the future.

“The climate-friendly study trips are developed for young people, by young people, and hopefully it will be the starting point to choose more climate-friendly ways of travelling,” says Stefan Bruse Thor Straten

Every year, Roskilde Festival donates all profits to humanitarian, other charitable, non-profit and cultural work with a special focus on children and young people. Since 1972, the festival has generated more than DKK 420,000,000 (approx. EUR 56,400,000) for these purposes.

‘Young Voices’ is the most ambitious open call the festival has ever launched. 32 initiatives within arts, music, social change, environment and climate have received a total of DKK 15,000,000 (approx. EUR 2,000,000) of the festival’s profits from 2019.