Paper bag instead of plastic? - That is no solution. In a workshop on "paper consumption", participants learned about the damage caused by massive paper consumption. Not only does deforestation play a role, but also the amount of water used to produce paper sheets, towels or boxes. Other consequences are damage to the ecosystem and the diversity of native trees, which are replaced by fast-growing trees. Using reusable materials such as fabric for cloths, napkins and bags is more environmentally friendly than using paper bags. Other solutions discussed were be a kind of deposit system for boxes that can be used when shopping online, and the use of recycled paper.
The third topic block of the conference was entitled "Looking at the big picture: How sharing social innovations can change societies in keeping with the Agendas" and offered young activists the opportunity to engage with innovative ideas, pan-Africanism, global challenges and social innovations in joint workshops, panel discussions and other activities. The conference participants were able to engage with social challenges in a structured and meaningful way and look for innovative solutions from young people.