Youth Webinar Series: Sustainability

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What to eat? What to wear? How have recent events affected your outlook on these day-to-day choices and on leading a sustainable life? How can we work together across borders to build a better future?

A year has passed since our 2019 Youth Seminar ‘Sustainable Consumption’, where participants explored the everyday choices they could make to live a more sustainable life. One year on, and things have changed quite dramatically…

This November & December, we’re looking to bring young people together virtually, to discuss the effects of recent events upon your outlook and ability to live sustainably:

  • How has Covid-19 impacted you living sustainably? Have you faced challenges, or maybe seen more positive opportunities for change?
  • What individual changes can we now make to live more sustainably? (Do these look different than one year ago?)
  • How can we encourage wider sustainable change within our communities?

This webinar series will focus on the above questions, with a focus on two key themes of food & fashion. Participants will attend two webinars in November/December 2020, as well as a larger online event in January 2021.

  • When do the webinars take place?

    Participants will be able to sign up to one of two webinar groups, each looking at a different sub-area of sustainability: food or fashion. Each group will take part in two webinars, discussing sustainable food or fashion in both countries – with the chance to learn directly from experts!

    A final, third webinar is planned to bring together all groups, along with industry experts in early 2021.

    Fashion webinars will take place on:

    • Monday, 30 November at 4pm UK time
    • Wednesday, 2 December at 4pm UK time

    Food webinars will take place on:

    • Tuesday, 8 December at 4pm UK time
    • Friday, 11 December at 4pm UK time

    Whole group webinar

    The final webinar, which will include presentations from both groups, as well as input from thematic & industry experts, is scheduled to take place on Wednesday, 27 January 2021 at 4pm UK time.

    Each webinar will last between 1.5 and 2 hours


    You must be able to commit to attending and actively participating in all webinars for your assigned sub-theme (e.g. the two fashion/food webinars in 2020, and the final group webinar in January 2021). Participants who fully take part in all webinars will receive a certificate.

    There is space in the registration form for you to tell us which thematic group you are most interested in. Groups will be assigned by UK-German Connection and confirmed with participants before the webinar.

  • Who can take part?

    You can take part if you:

    • are aged 14-19 and in full-time school education
    • are a resident of the UK or Germany
    • can demonstrate an interest in the themes detailed above, and in discussing the topic with UK and German peers
    • are willing and able to actively take part in the webinar and contribute to the discussions and activities

    German language skills are not required for the webinar. Some German language elements will be included in the webinar but you don’t need any prior knowledge and/or translations will be provided.

    Active support from both your school and parent(s)/guardian(s) is essential.

  • What equipment do I need to take part?

    These webinars will be online events, hosted using a video conferencing website. You do not need to have an account to take part.

    You will need a laptop, tablet or smart phone with a camera and microphone and stable internet connection. We also strongly recommend headphones.

    If you do not have such equipment of your own, we recommend speaking to your teacher or school to see if you can borrow equipment or use the library.

    If you have any other barriers to you taking part, please get in touch to speak to us about this.

  • Does the webinar cost anything?

    This webinar is free but you must have your own or be able to provide your own equipment (see above).

  • Will the webinars be recorded?

    The webinars will not be recorded. Photo permissions will be gathered from participants before the webinar and a small number of photos will be taken during the webinars (with prior warning, and only featuring those participants who have provided permissions).

  • Online safety

    Our webinars are led by experienced and vetted UK-German Connection staff.

    In advance of the webinar, all participants (and their parents, if under-18) will be asked to sign a digital safety document, which includes information about:

    • Our code of conduct for expected online behaviour during the webinar
    • Technical safety features for our webinars, and how to share any concerns with staff during the webinar
    • Technical support and tips for taking part

    If you, your parent/guardian or your teacher wants to ask us any further questions, please don’t hesitate to get in touch:

  • Contact us

    If you have any questions about the webinar series, please send an email to