Climate change represents one of the greatest environmental, social and economic threats facing the planet. Especially the younger generations need to learn to live sustainably in order to counteract climate change and subsequent environmental problems, since they are likely to experience the effects of climate change much more than we do today. By now approaches for introducing climate change issues in the educational field are still scattered in different European countries. Content wise school education has rather concentrated on the “traditional” environmental elements such as water, energy, waste and increasingly also on the rather cross-cutting theme of climate change. Schools have a great potential to familiarise students with what is known today so they become aware of the causes of climate change and understand what they can do to change it.
Project CLIMES builds on the methodology of the excellently rated project Joint Actions project “JEM!” that implemented a comprehensive environmental management approach in European schools based on a blended learning concept.
CLIMES is a practical learning project aiming at climate friendly management in European Schools. By combining innovative learning approaches and instruments on curricular and extracurricular levels with state of the art management techniques the project contributes to promote transversal key competences in European school education.
CLIMES is consisting of a multi-stakeholder partnership of organisations from six countries (DE, IT, AT, PT, SE and TK), namely schools, universities, education institutes and a county government.
CLIMES has two main objectives: It will develop a systematic approach to introduce the topic of climate change mitigation and adaptation in European schools all by promoting key competencies in innovative learning environments.
More concretely, CLIMES aims at:
developing a concept to tackle the issue of climate change and climate change adaptation,
reducing the “climate footprint” in European schools,
combining climate change adaptation with the JEM! Environmental Management Approach,
improving social and civic competences of European pupils.
For this purpose the following activities are being set up:
Creating an overview of the current situation in curricular and extracurricular activities as far as climate change is concerned in the participating member states,
Developing and piloting the CLIMES Management System for climate change mitigation and adaptation,
Implementing innovative didactic approaches (blended learning, best practice models, European exchange among pupils and teachers),
Integrating climate change adaptation with the environmental management approach developed in the framework of JEM!,
Evaluating transversal key competences with the help of an innovative evaluation method LEVEL5 for non-formal and informal learning,
Disseminating project results in a large scale European conference,
Establishing a European network involving relevant stakeholders (interdisciplinary and transnational work of students, teachers and other educational stakeholders).
In the 2-year project the CLIMES partners will develop:
CLIMES management approach focusing on climate-friendly management in European Schools,
CLIMES action plan to reduce carbon emissions in European schools,
Web based guidelines for introducing climate change issues in schools.
Furthermore, the CLIMES partnership will organise a European school competition where innovative ideas and projects in the field of climate mitigation and adaptation will be awarded. Pupils of the age between 14 and 19 years as groups or classes living in the EU will be invited to take part by presenting their innovative projects in an inventive way.
The best project ideas will be chosen by an international jury and the winners will be invited to an award ceremony, which will take place in Vienna, Austria in autumn 2012.
The CLIMES project invites you to participate in the CLIMES AWARD: A competition that aims to promote climate-friendly initiatives in European schools.
Newsletter 2 (2012/1)
Newsletter 1 (2011/1)
BUPNET Gmb (Göttingen, Germany)
Landkreis Kassel (Klimaanpassungsakademie, Germany)
Universität Kassel (Germany)
die Berater, Vienna (Austria)
Duca degli Abruzzi (Elmas/Sardinia, Italy)
Kossuth Zsuzsanna Vocational Technical Secondary School (Dabas, Hungary)
Värmdö Gymnasium, Stockholm (Sweden)
Middle East Technical University (Ankara, Turkey)
For more information and resources, please visit Project CLIMES Webpage.