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.
COMPETENCES TO BE ACQUIRED
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?
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
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
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