Innovative approaches to environmental education

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This course will teach innovative methodologies to teach sustainability that compel people to take action and change their individual and collective habits for the better for their health and of the environment.
Researchers have proved that the fear-based discourse is not effective for taking action regarding the environment. A positive and solution-based approach is much more effective. With this in mind, the participants will experience positive narrative, action-oriented and practical activities, examples of outdoor education by visiting permaculture ecological garden that allows reconnection with nature and ecological food through etc.

Through group exercises, practical workshops, the participants will learn about the the impact of collective environmental initiatives vs individual measures, how to design activities using recycled materials etc. The nature of this course is highly practical and hands on, so the participants will experience themselves the innovative techniques while also reflecting on how to apply them to their context.

Improved environmental competences
Knowledge about innovative methodologies of teaching sustainability
Knowledge about research results on the effectiveness of individual habits regarding climate change
Increased awareness of the impact of collective environmental initiatives
Increased knowledge and skills on permaculture and ecological gardening
Increased environmental consciousness and awareness about alternative consumption patterns.
Knowledge about how to reduce consumption and change consumption patterns.
Skills on how to deliver upcycling workshops in order to increase environmental awareness.
Skills on how to design activities using recycled materials.
Intercultural competences and enhanced cultural awareness
Ability to create a stimulating and open learning environment and foster collective learning.
Ability to do networking and create professional and personal relations with teachers from other countries.

DAY 1 - Innovative approaches to environmental education
 Introduction to the course
 Ice breaking: building group cohesion
 Group exercise: What is the environmental impact of the products we use?
 Group exercise: Which consumption changes are most effective regarding climate change?
 Approaches to sustainability: solution-driven vs fear-based discourse
 Building a positive narrative around sustainability
 Exchanging good practices on environmental education

DAY 2 - Individual changes vs collective initiatives
 Warm-up and teambuilding exercises
 How can we build sustainable habits?
 The effectiveness of changes in habits: individual changes vs governmental changes vs collective initiatives
 Teaching through examples and case studies (sharing economy, collaborative consumption etc.)
 Practical exercise: connecting with nature using all our senses (smell, taste, touch, listen and look at different objects)
 Practical workshop with recycled materials
 Individual/group reflection: what collective initiatives can I find in my neighbourhood?
 Reflection: How can I adapt the key learnings in my work?

DAY 3 – Permaculture and km0 food
 Visit and workshop in a Permaculture ecological farm
 Ecological and regenerative approach to producing food. Consumption groups.
 Local consumption and km0 food: How far do our food and goods travel to get to our house?
 Group reflection: What habits can I change regarding my nutrition and food supply? Reflections on meat reduction.
 Reflection sheet: What sustainable habits do I already have? What new habits do I commit to acquire? What have I learnt and want to remember? What would I like to dig more into at home?
 Informal learning

DAY 4 – Workshops
 Warm up and group division exercises
 What are the ingredients of the chemical products (hygiene, cleaning, cosmetics) we use?
 Group work: Dangerous ingredients for our health and the environment
 Practical workshops

DAY 5 – Visit to permaculture ecological farm and closing
 Guided visit to a permaculture farm working with people with mental disabilities (23 years of experience)
 The role of permaculture as a therapeutic experience
 How to adapt outdoor activities when working with persons with special needs
 Open discussion on possible future collaborations and planning follow up activities
 Summary of key learning points
 Final course evaluation and feedback
 Validation of learning outcomes and handling certificates
 Informal learning

Course organiser
Asociacion Educativa EDUPLUS
San Cristobal de La Laguna, Spain

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Upcoming sessions

05.06.2023 > 09.06.2023
12.06.2023 > 16.06.2023
03.07.2023 > 07.07.2023
10.07.2023 > 14.07.2023
07.08.2023 > 11.08.2023
14.08.2023 > 18.08.2023
04.09.2023 > 08.09.2023
11.09.2023 > 15.09.2023
02.10.2023 > 06.10.2023
09.10.2023 > 13.10.2023
06.11.2023 > 10.11.2023
20.11.2023 > 24.11.2023
04.12.2023 > 08.12.2023
11.12.2023 > 15.12.2023
04.03.2024 > 08.03.2024
04.11.2024 > 08.11.2024

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