The stakes are high as the young generation is at risk of being less well-off than their parents, for the first time since the Second World War, with “29% of 16-29 year olds at risk of poverty or social exclusion and 11.6% of those aged 15-24 not in education, employment or training (NEETs), while 15.9 % of the young people in this age group are unemployed – double the rate of the general population”(EC, Engaging, Connecting and Empowering young people: a new EU Youth Strategy, 2018, p.1).
Young people have taken the lead on the efforts to fight for climate justice and a more sustainable way of life since “the “great acceleration” in human economic activity since the mid-20th century, which has yielded impressive improvements in human welfare, research from many Earth-system scientists suggests that life on land could now be entering a period of unprecedented environmental systems change” – WEF, Building Block(chain)s for a Better Planet, 2018
The BLAST! project has aimed to foster social inclusion of young people through developing and implementing a non-formal learning programme on the Sustainable Revolution, through Blockchain and DTL emergent technologies. The project objectives have been to develop a state-of-the-art non-formal learning programme, complemented with video-based digital learning to enhance youth engagement