Grünblick: Occupational Field City & Municipality: Sustainable Coexistence of Tomorrow

In the week of 31.08 - 6.09.2020, the first of 23 Grünblick Workcamps on the occupational field "City & Municipality - Sustainable Coexistence of Tomorrow" took place in Seewald in the Northern Black Forest for 9 participants between 16-25 years. The aim of the week was to get orientation for the choice of green and sustainable professions. In workshops, group work and meetings, the young people got to know the eco-village Schernbach of the Sonnenwald community and the Academy for Applied Good Living as an example of sustainable coexistence for tomorrow.
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10.11.2020 / 18 Uhr
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Dominik Lechner

Get to know sustainability in practice

The inhabitants of the eco-village Schernbach follow a sustainable lifestyle and are mostly self-sufficient. During the work camp, the participants had the opportunity to gain insights into the different areas of the independent village: Grooming cows, harvesting apples together, rearranging the chicken coop, working on the vegetable field or building pasture fences. In addition, they gained insights into living together and the structure of the community. Thanks to these practical insights, the participants received an important overview of sustainable and green career opportunities in the professional field of city & community.

In addition, there was an excursion to an organic farmer. On the organic farm, the participants gained insights into the daily work of an organic farmer. They discussed animal husbandry, milk prices, workload, appreciation within society and the professional perspective of farmers with regard to climate change. The social trend towards vegetarian and vegan food and its impact on traditional agriculture was also discussed. In addition to the insights into the eco-village, there were several lectures by speakers throughout the week on the topics of urban and community development, cooperative entrepreneurship and solidarity farming.

How sustainable is my dream job?

The practical insights of the week were accompanied by the central question of how far professions in the field of cities and municipalities have changed in recent years and whether they are still sustainable with regard to today's social challenges such as globalisation and climate change? What are the implications of forecasts that by 2050 around 75% of the world's population will live in cities for the professions within the cities and municipalities of tomorrow? What about water supply in cities? How good is the infrastructure and digitalisation in municipalities? How can we make our food production more sustainable and thus save resources? In order to answer these and many other questions, an SDG rally was conducted in which the 17 Sustainable Development Goals of the United Nations were addressed.

The search for a personal life path

The second part of the work camp consisted of dealing concretely with personal career orientation in addition to the technical-practical content. In joint discussions and reflections, the participants had the opportunity to deal with their own potentials, strengths, talents and dreams. The Ikigai method, a model for happiness in life, was used to visualise the questions "What are you good at?", "What do you love?", "What does the world need?" and "What can you be paid for? The week was concluded with a professionally guided walking coaching session, which was designed to clarify the participants' personal wishes and potentials, independent of everyday influences (parents, school and social environment). Thus, the participants received final impulses regarding their career orientation as well as concrete guidance for the next steps.

Dates

Dates and registration for the next work camps at http://www.grünblick.de

Institutional support

The "Grünblick" project is funded under the ESF federal programme "Promoting Vocational Education and Training for Sustainable Development. Via green key competences to climate and resource-friendly action at work - BBNE" by the Federal Ministry for the Environment, Nature Conservation and Nuclear Safety and the European Social Fund.