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EPALE discussion: how to contribute to Environmental awareness in the field of adult learning

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How to contribute to Environmental awareness in the field of adult learning


As part of our January-March 2020 focus on Environmental awareness and protection, EPALE is organising a written discussion on how to contribute to Environmental awareness in the field of adult learning.

The discussion will take place on this page on 18 March between 10:00 and 16:00 CET and will be moderated by EPALE Thematic Coordinator Altheo Valentini and by EPALE Content Assistant Claudia D'Eramo.

► Share your stories, tips, case studies and good practices with the EPALE community!

Also, if you’ve ever been involved in successful projects dealing with environmental protection and awareness through adult learning, or if you have developed any relevant methodologies that aimed to improve or introduce the environmental consciousness in the adult learning field  – share your story with the other participants in the comments below!

The discussion on 18 March will include the following topics:

  • Do you know the UN Agenda 2030 and the related 17 Goals for Sustainable Development? are you contributing to their achievement?
  • What can we do to sensitise and empower the adult population in tackling climate change and global warming?
  • Sustainable management of adult education organizations... from carbon to digital footprint.
  • Present your best practices on environmental education and global citizenship.
  • Building locally engaged and internationally aware communities.

► Comments will be open on 16 March so participants can introduce themselves or post their comments in advance.

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One of the benefits of adult learning is social: Improved disposition to voluntary and community activity and improved civic attitudes. I think a lot can be done for environment by communities and NGOs. Pedas LV, Rīgas Apkaimju alianse and others are the ones, that are already raising environmental awareness and civic attitudes.They could do even more if our municipality would support them. One feasible solution that could be implemented, is organic waste composting. Compost, in turn, could be used for flowers and greens in the area. It results in less waste and better surroundings. 
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Par prioritāti Eiropas Savienība (ES) uzskata rūpēties par drošu un veselīgu uzturu, kā arī nodrošināt ražīgu un ilgtspējīgu lauksaimniecību un zivsaimniecību. ES palīdz lauksaimniekiem un zvejniekiem nodrošināt pārtikas pieprasījumu un stabilu apgādi ar ilgtspējīgi ražotu un drošu augstas kvalitātes pārtiku par iedzīvotājiem pieņemamu cenu.
Pasaulē divas trešdaļas trūcīgo iedzīvotāju dzīvo lauku apvidos, un viņu iztika ir atkarīga no lauksaimniecības. Pārtikas un uztura nodrošinājumam ES vienmēr ir atvēlējusi centrālo vietu attīstības sadarbībā, un tirdzniecības attiecībās un kaimiņattiecību un paplašināšanās politikā tā pievērš īpašu uzmanību pārtikas nodrošinājumam un ilgtspējīgai lauksaimniecībai un zivsaimniecībai. ES ir lielākā humānās pārtikas palīdzības sniedzēja pārtikas krīzēs cietušajām personām visā pasaulē un iegulda ļoti daudz līdzekļu, reaģējot uz situāciju valstīs, kuras apdraud bads.
Lai nākotnē tiktu izskausts bads un veicināta ilgtspējīga praks, ES ir jāturpina darbs pie ilgstspējīgi ražotas pārtikas, lai ar to tiktu nodrošināti cilvēki. Pamatojoties uz ES 2030. gada lauksaimniecības perspektīvām, ES nav gaidāms pārtikas nodrošinājuma trūkums, ja nebūs ievērojamu tirgus traucējumu. 
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A good practice in Greece in promoting environmental awareness and sustainability education is the Environmental Education Centers. Greece has a network of 53 public Environmental Education Centers, one in every Prefecture.
 These Environmental Education Centers organise each year Seminars and Workshops for teachers of Primary and Secondary Education and other adult citizens. Apart from that the teachers (from Primary and Secondary Education) who work in these Centers design and offer Environmental Education Programs for school teams. These programs can last from 1 to 3 days.
Another good practice of Environmental Education Centers in Greece is the Thematic Networks they coordinate in local, regional and national level. Teachers and students are asked to participate voluntarily in these Thematic Networks exchanging ideas, good practices and educational material. The Thematic Environmental Education Networks organise at least one Teachers' meeting annually, so that teachers are trained in pedagogical methods, discuss and exchange ideas and educational material. The Thematic Environmental Education Networks also might organise Action Days such as the Reuse Day organised annually by the "Anakyklososte"  Network, that is coordinated by the Environmental Education Center of Vamos in Chania (in the western part of the island of Crete). 1.000 -2000 teachers and students paricipate in this Action Day, organising reuse actions and workshops in their schools all over Crete.
The Environmental Education Centers in Greece were created by the Ministry of Education and Religion and were supported by EU funds (except for the teachers' salaries thar are paid by Greek funds).
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Dear all,

it has been a great pleasure for me and Claudia D'Eramo to follow and moderate this enthusiastic and informative discussion on Environmental awareness in adult education!
Of course, you can keep posting your comments and take some time to review and appreciate other members' contributions. 
We will do the same in order to publish a dedicated blog-post that will summarize all your precious indications on projects and initiatives from all around the world.

For the timebeing, we want to close this discussion with a breaking news from another European Platform, EUROPEANA - the European Digital Library, which has just announced a new action on climate change. The Europeana Network Association represents galleries, libraries, archives, museums, as well as cultural heritage institutions and professionals from all over Europe that want to express their support for pursuing meaningful climate action and encouraging the Europeana Initiative towards discussion and collective action.
Click here if you want to know more!

Best regards
Altheo Valentini (Moderator)

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Even though I am a Hungarian ALE professional, I would like to share a best practice I have witnessed in Ireland via the Irish Rural Link (link is external) (IRL) while visiting Maynooth University as an Erasmus+ scholar. Founded in 1991 its aim is to develop the organisation and management of IRL in a manner that is inclusive, participatory and sustainable. As a non-profit organisation now directly represents over 600 community groups with a combined membership of 25,000.

Also the Irish Rural Link is determined to highlight, publicise and respond to key rural issues through operational projects and programmes and it is run by a small and dedicated core of professional staff members which aims at all times to drive forward the rural agenda, aid members and influence the various political levels on rural issues. A determined mission indeed. 
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Hello everyone 
In recent years, Albania has prepared several comprehensive documents, related to the environment and the preparation of new documents is on-going. Strategies and action plans usually determine targets and indicators for the purpose of monitoring progress. The relevance of progress monitoring, the regular collection of data and the calculation of indicators, and analysis and evaluation of data and indicators is increasing as these steps are required for decision-making on timing and allocation of limited financial resources. This is extremely important for progress reports prepared on the implementation of different cross-cutting strategies and the NSDI. ​
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Corona, the most current problem, seems to change our cleaning and other habits of life. We should pay attention to hygiene rules in order to protect against the disease of the age. In this context, courses organized as a certified course program for adults in Public Education Centers, which are adult education centers, are important. The course named "Hygiene Training for People Working in the Food and Water Sector" and the other six courses in this field reveal the importance of hygiene in production. 
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In our country (Turkey) since the year hygiene education courses in adult education institutions are organized.

 Those who work in the food business or those who will work are obliged to attend these courses.
How important these courses are was understood with the CORONA disease we live.

While organizing these courses, we have to be more careful about our future because those who complete these courses will prepare food for us. These courses are really important if we want to have a hygienic diet.