Lab 9 - Knowledge is power: Environmental education and training
9 November 2021, 14.30-16.30 - Room 9 – Palais de l’Europe
With the heightened sense of urgency over climate change, the challenge to achieve sustainable development calls for concerted action across the economic, environmental and social spheres. Re-orienting education towards sustainable development can be a good starting point to impulse transformative change.
Environmental education promises to equip learners with knowledge, values, attitudes and skills that will help them to address global challenges. But how should teaching and learning change to avoid a knowledge-action gap in learners? What should be done for the formal educational system to incorporate environmental curricula? How to implement environmental education into informal learning environments?
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Meath Climate Academy, Ireland
Meath Climate Academy (MCA) was established as a means of delivering a variety of climate action training to citizens, communities, students and business in County Meath. The objective of MCA is to be a trusted discharger of knowledge around climate change, justice and action and to inspire and empower citizens to start their own climate conversations and drive participatory climate action within their communities. MCA works closely with the Climate Action Forum, a Councillor led forum to support the delivery of the Meath Climate Action Strategy and demonstrate leadership in climate action.
Climate Action & SDG Co-Ordinator, Meath County Council
Caroline Corrigan, a chartered civil engineer, works for Meath County Council as the Climate Action & SDG Co-Ordinator. Caroline was Ireland’s first EU Climate Pact Ambassador and is a Climate Reality Leader and mentor. Having recently completed a Masters in Project Management Caroline has undertaken research in Local Authority and Elected Members leadership in climate action and has co-designed a Climate Change course for Elected Members with University College Cork. Caroline is involved as a Co-ordinator on the URBACT Global Goals for Cities pilot project, an EU wide, 19 city project which seeks to localize the SDGs.
10 at 10 For The Planet, Germany
What if we all got together for 10 minutes at 10am to talk about educational projects for the planet? This is exactly the idea behind the online forum 10 at 10 For The Planet, launched by Guillaume Chevallier, a teacher at the Franco-German Lycée in Freiburg. 10 at 10 For The Planet is a weekly intergenerational, interdisciplinary meeting that lasts just 10 minutes. The online audience is diverse with teachers, students and other education stakeholders from different countries. Run in French, German or English, the meetings provide the opportunity to listen to project leaders, whether school students, teachers, university students or association managers. Once this shared moment is over, participants go back to their tasks or linger to ask questions. Participants from Paris to Vienna, Dakar and Berlin have already taken part in this forum dedicated to school projects for the planet. Acting as melting pot of ideas, this initiative is bringing to life the Maori proverb, With your food basket and my food basket the people will thrive.
Founder, 10 at 10 For The Planet, teacher of physics and chemistry
He teaches physics and chemistry at the Lycée Franco-Allemand in Freiburg im Breisgau (Germany). Every week, he organises a webinar where an actor in education presents a project related to Education for Sustainable Development (10 at 10 For The Planet.). His next project with his students will be to transform their school into an independent and sustainable state from 8 to 12 July 2022.
Discussants are invited to take part in the Labs in order to share their experience with the presented democratic initiatives and try to bring broader perspectives to the following discussions.
Member of the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe-PACE (ALDE)
Advocacy officer at Visegrad for Sustainability (V4SDG)
Lídia Tóth is an advocacy officer at Visegrad for Sustainability (V4SDG), the first non-profit organisation strengthening intersectoral sustainability cooperation in the Visegrad Group. Attached to the COMPASS Team, she is conducting consultations on identifying the „low hanging fruits” of joint sustainability action in the region. In addition, she has been serving as a Youth Delegate to the 65th Commission of the Status of Women. Lídia is a graduate of Passau University and currently pursues an MSc specializing in Environmental Governance and Sustainability at Vrije Universiteit (Amsterdam).
Master's student in international relations, Sciences PO, Strasbourg, France
- Labs 2021
- Lab 1 - More heads are better than one: Citizens’ Assemblies on climate
- Lab 2 - Save the planet, make a living: Green entrepreneurship
- Lab 3 - The law as an agent of nature: Access to environmental justice and protection
- Lab 4 - Sustainable cities: When the problem becomes part of the solution
- Lab 5 - Act Local, inspire global: Local initiatives making change
- Lab 6 - Joining forces: Public-private collaborations for the environment
- Lab 7 - Better together: Engaging communities for nature conservation and protection
- Lab 8 - Scarcity and sources of conflict: Managing natural resources to prevent conflict
- Lab 9 - Knowledge is power: Environmental education and training
- Lab 10 - Women's power to act for the climate transition