GREEEN - Green Environment Education European Network

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GREEEN is a network which developes strategies on how to make schools more climate-friendly. Become part of GREEEN network!

GREEEN is a project funded in the framework of the Lifelong Learning Programme Comenius of the European Union. GREEEN strongly believes that climate change represents one of the greatest environmental, social and economic threats facing the planet. It has been on the world’s policy agenda for decades and numerous countries have developed strategies and approaches to raise awareness about 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 to much greater extent than people do today – and they are forced to address the issue and need to learn to live sustainably in order to counteract climate change and subsequent environmental problems.

We reckon 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.

Apart from setting-up a sustainable European network (GREEENHOUSE), its main objectives are to:

  • Integrate topics such as climate change and sustainably with (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 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.

Climate Change Education Guide: On the one hand, the guide is meant to be a source of inspiration for integrating climate change related topics with educational programmes and school curricula (climate literacy). On the other hand, it aims at promoting creativity in science education, making science education more tangible, innovative and attractive to the youngest generation through a centrally important issue. The guide is designed to inform the following target groups about the different ways in which they can integrate the issue of climate change with both formal and informal education programmes at primary and secondary level:

  • Teachers, trainers and school managers / administrators;
  • Curriculum developers and education planners;
  • Teacher training institutions;
  • Non-governmental organisations (NGOs) involved in the development and implementation of non-formal education programmes;
  • Researchers working on education issues related to climate change;
  • Other interested citizens/youth/students.

Policy Paper for Climate Change Educators: This paper presents the recommendations for educational policy decision makers and curriculum developers to make climate change education an essential part of school education in line with the experiences gained in the GREEEN project. These recommendations can be considered as alternative actions and countries and schools should consider them based on their local context and previous experiences.

During this three-years long project (Dec 2013- Nov 2016) the GREEEN partners have:

  • Created an overview of the current situation in climate change education in the participating member countries and beyond;
  • Exchanged good practice models as basis for generating new approaches (GREEENHOUSE);
  • Implemented the European GREEEN Award and a number of other events such as webinars, training days, expert talks, national and European conferences etc.;
  • Developed a sound modular concept to tackle the issue of climate change and climate change adaptation both on the curricular and on the extracurricular level;
  • Extended the European network and involve relevant stakeholders (interdisciplinary and transnational organisations of students, teachers and other educational stakeholders);
  • Given guidance for mainstreaming climate change education into school curricula;
  • Promoted strategic valorisation via inclusion of major regional, national and European networks and stakeholders.

 

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