Addressing the climate and biodiversity crises in Europe calls for innovation and collective action. Around the world, young people are leading climate action and social justice movements in their communities.
This year, coinciding with the European Year of Youth, the 6th European Day of Sustainable Communities, #EDSC2022, provides a platform to celebrate and support the young leaders and citizens that are shaping our present and future communities across Europe.
EDSC2022, Engaging Youth in European Sustainable Communities, will take place on Saturday 17 September 2022.
To join the European Day of Sustainable Communities, we invite you to organise and register an event, big or small, in person or online, to showcase action for climate and sustainability at the local community level, with a particular focus on young people and youth-led initiatives.
We invite events taking place throughout the month of September, with the main celebration on Saturday 17 September 2022.
What does it involve?
We invite any community that is taking action for a better world to join us in celebrating the European Day of Sustainable Communities.
Previously, the day has been celebrated by community gardens, energy cooperatives, cafes, churches, ecovillages, housing associations, permaculture gatherings, arts festivals, schools, universities, transition town groups, to name but a few. EDSC events can be big or small, in person, online or hybrid. Previous events have included open days, conferences, apple harvests, tours, concerts, shared meals, film-screenings, hackathons – let your imagination run wild! For inspiration, read about the EDSC21 events.
Young people will be most affected by the impacts of climate change and environmental degradation. In response, young people across the world have been leading the way as agents of change, organising climate marches, mobilising and advocating for policy change. This year is an opportunity to shine the spotlight on youth. How? We welcome events organised by young leaders and youth-led initiatives, or events that encourage the active participation of young people in your communities.
How do I get started?
Plan your event for September and register it here. By doing so you become a co-creator of the day. If you like, you can reach out to the National Contact Point (NCP) in your country. Download the communications kit and spread the word about your event
EDSC is run by ECOLISE, the European network for community-led initiatives on climate change and sustainability, and is funded by the European Union under the SPARK project.
For countries where there is no NCP, please contact