Action-based program triggers lifestyle choices concerning climate change
Applicant: The Energy and Sustainability Programme ESKOM / Wildlife and Environment Society of South Africa
Project: Action-based program triggers lifestyle choices concerning climate change
Country of implementation: South Africa
With 11 years of education experience in South Africa, the Energy and Sustainability Programme has moved specifically towards climate change issues. Supporting over 110 action-based projects nationwide, many young South Africans involved through the Programme have integrated environmental learning with action in order to understand their role as global citizens, and have begun to make personal moves towards sustainable lifestyle choices. Young people across the nation have taken up the challenge of environmental action for a sustainable future by implementing projects in their local areas by exploring, researching, questioning, discovery, action and reflection. This submission highlights 7 of the 110 project as a demonstration of the motivation of South African youth to unite against climate change.
Portuguese students learn to save energy and to protect the environment
Applicant: Energias de Portugal
Project: Students learn to save energy and to protect the environment
Country of implementation: Portugal
The initiative "Environment: a matter to us all - let’s use energy well" of the energy provider Energias de Portugal (EDP) seeks to raise the everyday consciousness of Portuguese students regarding climate change and energy efficiency via direct connections between energy-saving actions and their effects on the climate. The project includes an Educational Package containing various materials such as the Energy Guide, an animated film and special posters on climate change as well as special information units for teachers. The project reaches nearly 50% of all Portuguese students age 10-13, on a total of 300,000. The top four student projects are awarded 100,000 euro and are implemented directly in the schools.
Forming human values through education with trees in Argentinia
Applicant: Fundación Ambiente, Cultura y Desarrollo - ACUDE (Environment, Culture andDevelopment Foundation)
Project: Forming human values through education with trees in Argentina
Country of implementation: Argentina
Educar Forestando is the primary activity of ACUDE (Environment, Culture and Development Foundation), a non-profit organization. The program on environment and forest education targets teachers because they are partners in the formation of values in children. The children learn to respect the environment by producing and planting trees; they collect seeds and plant them in containers stemming from domestic waste and build a tree nursery of two square meters at school to raise the trees. Finally they plant the trees. Since 1990 150,000 children were involved in more than 1,000 schools, half a million trees were produced and 200,000 trees were planted communally. Through this successfull and tangible way, we help to generate an environmental awareness and to fight against to global warming.