21 March 2019

“Youth Alpine Interrail” moves to the next stage

© Alicia Cuche

Travel by train, discover the Alps, face sustainable challenges: also this year the “Interrail Alpine Youth” project fuels the passion for travel across the Alps.

Applications open until 7 April.

Discover eight Alpine states and – at the same time – travel sustainably by means of public transport for 50- 80 euros: young people between 16 and 27 can apply for the “Youth Alpine Interrail Pass” until 7 April 2019. A Kick-off-event will be held in Feldkirch / A on 7 June, during which travelers can get to know each other and plan the trip together. Traveling plastic free for a week, counting bees or talking to another person about climate: sustainable challenges on social media, a photo and storytelling contest will enrich the journey and reinforce the awareness of our environment.

Another way of thinking about travel

Traveling is something more than being thrown out of an airplane on the other side of the world. It is not just a question of arriving to a place, but it is also looking at transformations of the landscape and the environment and starting a relationship with the country and the people who live there. Furthermore, air traffic, with its enormous CO2 emissions, has a strong impact on the climate. More and more young people are fighting for climate protection and are asking for a rethink. The 26-year-old Lea Wollensack, who traveled with “Youth Alpine Interrail” last summer, has clear ideas: “Perhaps the answer to the world’s environmental problems and to our personal challenges is simple: slow down, travel by train, and get out at to walk”.
The “Youth Alpine Express” is a project of the International Commission for the Protection of the Alps (CIPRA) in collaboration with the Alpine Town of the Year Association and its members Idrija/SI and Belluno/I, the Swiss region of Val Poschiavo and the municipality of Werfenweng/A. The project is financially supported by the German Federal Ministry for the Environment, Nature Conservation, Construction and Nuclear Safety and the EU Erasmus+ programme. The project is technically supported by “A better day the 100 way”.

Discover more: www.yoalin.org


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