Altromercato Summer Camp makes a stop in Zuglio | Friuli

The first of the three “Altromercato Summer Camp” scheduled by the main Italian Fair Trade organization, “Altromercato”, will take place in Carnia from 25 to 31 July, to promote this form of solidarity and sustainable economy among young people and adults who intend to take concrete action to renew the international market in the name of environmental, social and economic sustainability.

The “Summer School of Activism” of Carnia – entitled “Towards a new economy: the power of choices” – will be organized by the Udine Cooperative “Bottega del Mondo”, which manages the Fair Trade outlets in Codroipo, Spilimbergo, Tolmezzo, Trieste and Udine, and will be hosted by the “La Polse di Côugnes” Ecumenical Center for Reception, Culture and Spirituality (near the Pieve di San Pietro, in the municipality of Zuglio).

From 20 to 25 young people between the ages of 19 and 26 will be welcomed and registrations will remain open until June 30th.

The proposed path of study and reflection will examine the main mechanisms of international trade to compare them with the principles, functioning and effectiveness of Fair Trade. Through simulation games, group work and guided syntheses, meetings with the managers of “Altromercato” and with volunteers already at work in the “Botteghe” of Friuli, the participants will be stimulated to reflect on the role and power of each to become non only “ConsumAttore”, but also volunteer and “Activist” of “Altromercato” and its territorial branches. Comparisons with other actors of the New Sustainable and Solidarity Economy will also be proposed, to hypothesize common interventions and synergies.

The organizers, mainly active at the “Bottega del Mondo” in Tolmezzo, have also developed a program of thematic excursions and moments of exploration of some “treasures” of Carnia, in an atmosphere of celebration and participation, where all the students will be co-responsible and protagonists.

The other two “Summer Camps” of “Altromercato” will take place in the provinces of Cremona and Padua. The training project is in tune with the “Consume or choose?” Campaign, undertaken by “Altromercato” in recent months.

“We start with ourselves to act, to choose, to do – affirms Alessandro Franceschini, president of Altromercato.” We have chosen to get involved to train the Activists of tomorrow on the issues of environmental, social and economic sustainability. We want you to experience first-hand what it means to be sustainable and that anyone can be: doing even a small sustainability action every day, combined with that of many other consumers. Over time we will build the change that must be achieved as soon as possible, for the good of our planet and its inhabitants. We give the participants the opportunity to meet and discuss topics that concern sustainability in all its facets because we believe that comparison is the key to understanding how to act and to do it together “.

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Altromercato Summer Camp makes a stop in Zuglio | Friuli