Features of Green Consumption in the Eastern Partnership Countries.

Wednesday, 18 July 2018: 10:45
Oral Presentation
Pavel STORCHAK, Belarusian State University, Belarus
Dzmitry ZAKHAREVICH, Institute of tourism of Belarusian state university of physical education, Belarus
The old "model of a resource-intensive economy" will lead to increased costs and lower productivity. Still ongoing crisis is an indicator of this model and forms the idea of a new model of "green economy", in which material prosperity is not provided due to the increasing environmental risks and social inequalities. The concept of "green economy" – a model that leads to better health and social justice population, as well as a significant reduction of hazardous effects on the environment. Thus, the "green" economy can be considered as a low-carbon, resource-saving and socially inclusive model of the economy.

This movement is popular in Western Europe and North America, but in the Eastern Partnership countries, green consumption neglected. The combination of entrenched old production orders, powerful coal, oil and gas lobby, lack of interest in the development of "green" economy by the authorities, unstable and complex legislation, lack of education and other factors interfere with the Eastern Partnership countries to successfully develop this area. However, some positive changes are already noted. In our work, we evaluated the awareness of student youth about green consumption and attitude towards it, established the relationship between green consumption and social inequality, as well as suggested options for popularizing this direction in the Eastern Partnership countries.