Climate change represents one of the greatest environmental, social and economic threats facing the planet. Needless to mention that it has been on the world policy’s agenda for decades and that numerous countries have developed their strategies and approaches to raise awareness for the issue and to initiate actions for mitigating and adapting to the effects. Today’s teenagers are likely to experience the effects of climate change much more than we do today – and they will be forced to address the issue and need to learn to live sustainably in order to counteract climate change and subsequent environmental problems.
Schools can play a central role in providing young people with information and knowledge to help them understand climate change as early as possible. This will help them deal not only with the immediate challenges, but also with the longer term ones.
Schools can assist their students with making more conscious consumer choices in terms of developing new attitudes towards what is appropriate and what is not. Moreover, schools have a key role in supporting young people to make career choices, for some businesses will grow considerably while others will decline.
GREEEN builds on the methodology successfully experienced in the previous EU-funded projects JEM! (Joint Environmental Management) and CLIMES (Climate-friendly Management in European Schools) – both projects implemented a management system with all relevant management elements in European schools based on a blended learning concept.
GREEEN seeks to promote the effective integration of climate change education into educational programmes and school curricula (climate literacy), on the one hand, and to promote creativity in science education, making science education more tangible, innovative and attractive to the youngest generation through a centrally important issue.
GREEEN is consisting of a multi-stakeholder partnership of organisations from ten countries (DE, AT, IT, HU, SE, LV, LT, TR, ES and GR), namely schools, universities, education institutes, NGO’s and a county government.
Apart from setting-up a sustainable European network, GREEEN aims to:
Integrate climate change related topics sustainably into (science) education in schools,
Promote teacher training on climate change education: basic concepts, trends and issues, educational implications of teaching about climate change etc.,
Foster the European exchange and transfer of experiences and good practices on climate change education among education institutes, teacher trainers, teachers, practitioners, NGOs and young people,
Identify learning materials, good practices and teaching and learning strategies on climate change education and enhance their dissemination through the GREEEN platform and other means,
Increase the production of and access to information and innovative solutions for science education on climate change and sustainable development,
Promote closer linkages between science education and science working market emergent trends and opportunities.
In the 3-years project (Dec 2013- Nov 2016) the GREEEN partners will:
Create an overview of the current situation in climate change education in the participating member states and beyond,
Exchange good practice models as basis for generating new approaches (GREEENHOUSE),
Implement the European GREEEN Award and a number of other events such as webinars, training days, expert talks, national and European conferences etc.,
Develop a sound modular concept to tackle the issue of climate change and climate change adaptation both on the curricular and on the extracurricular level,
Extend the European network and involve relevant stakeholders (interdisciplinary and transnational organisations of students, teachers and other educational stakeholders),
Give guidance for mainstreaming climate change education into school curricula,
Promote strategic valorisation via inclusion of major regional, national and European networks and stakeholders.
Direct target groups are:
- Student at secondary level:
Learning how to act climate-friendly,
Benefiting from European exchange,
Getting insight in world of work (by using professional management).
Getting acquainted with new approaches (environmental management, digital learning, evaluation strategies etc.),
Exchanging with European colleagues.
Teachers and pupils in associated partner schools active in science education,
Stakeholders at administrative and political level (educational authorities, environmental ministries) and SME’s, NGO’s etc.
GREEEN offers various events aimed to both GREEEN partners and other stakeholders interested in Climate Change Education (CCE).
We invite you to take part in:
- Face-to face events:
Networking national events to promote the GREEEN network and involve new partners interested in CCE,
Training days to focus on specific topics within CCE.
- On-line events:
Webinars to inform interested participants about the state of the art of CCE,
1-day Forum, a web-based discussion, about a given topic of CCE and led by an expert which will wrap-up the discussion and drawn conclusion,
On-line conference to reflect and discuss on a given topic related to CCE.
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Landkreis Kassel (Germany)
BUPNET GmbH (Göttingen, Germany)
Theodor Heuss Schule Baunatal (Germany)
Bundeshandelsakademie 1 (Wels, Austria)
Duca degli Abruzzi, Elmas (Cagliari, Italy)
Source International ONLUS (Pisa, Italy)
KnowlEdge Srl (Varese, Italy)
Kossuth Zsuzsanna Vocational Technical Secondary School (Dabas, Hungary)
Värmdö Gymnasium (Stockholm, Sweden)
Aizputes secondary school (Latvia)
Vytautas Magnus University (Kaunas, Lithuania)
METU – Middle East Technical University (Ankara, Turkey)
METU Development Foundation School (Ankara, Turkey)
For more information, please visit Project GREEEN Webpage.