Vlaams jeugd- en kinderrechtenbeleidsplan 2015-2019 - Page 11

sustainability REDUCING THE ECOLOGICAL FOOTPRINT Sustainability is an interplay between ecological, social, global and economic dimensions. In this policy plan the Government of Flanders places the emphasis on the ecological component. Children and young people can make their own active contributions to a sustainable living environment. Structural measures are to ensure embedment. Several social actors play a role in this. BY MAKING DELIBERATE CHOICES The Government of Flanders will support projects and initiatives in all kinds of areas which will make sure that sustainable choices are deliberate choices. These projects must devote special at- tention to young people. Either because they (help) implement the project, or because it is specifically targeted on them. Creating involvement and enhancing competences are key concepts. AND BEING ABLE TO REALLY MAKE CHOICES The Government of Flanders wants to help make sustainable and ecological products as attractive and accessible as their non-sustainable counterparts. We give financial injections and raise awareness of this theme. Making the choice for sustainability is rewarded. When doing so, we keep in mind that we ourselves have an exemplary role to fulfil. IN A HEALTHY LIVING ENVIRONMENT Children and young people have the right to grow up in a healthy living environment. We adopt this approach on several fronts. Monitoring may lead to action plans. Sustainable construction, renovation and housing is given a boost. The school too is an important environment where children and young people spend a great deal of time. Creating a healthy indoor environment is essential. A green playground can only be motivating and fun. 11