Green schools for a bright green future – small steps can make a difference

Climate change is something that has been a growing concern for many years, though it is only during the last few years that we have started to see the effects of global warming on the world first-hand, primarily through an increase in the amount of natural disasters occurring around the globe. This situation has led us to the world’s general attitude towards protecting the health of our planet. We are convinced that we need to take responsibility for the damage we’ve already caused and we have to try very hard to do everything we can to change it for the better.
Schools from Germany, Lithuania, Portugal, Poland, Greece and Spain have decided to create a project dedicated to the environmental
protection. Each country is struggling with its own specific problems in this field, but also with a global one – the climate change, which it is the alarming result of human behaviour towards nature. With our project we would like to use our power of education to build a positive attitude and relationship with the natural environment. We want to work on reducing the use of plastics as much as possible, on saving electricity at schools and homes, on improving the sustainability, protecting the plants and animals. During the meeting on Crete / Greece the focus will be on marine life and its wildlife in danger.
The main objective of the project is to encourage pupils, their families and teachers to take part and be active in the process of environmental protection. We believe that even our small steps which we do throughout the project duration, such as waste separation and recycling, planting trees and greenery, learning about endangered insects and animal species or eliminating bad habits in our environmental behaviour, will lead us towards a better and greener future surrounded by the real natural world. We want our students to also develop their knowledge in foreign language skills, increase their accountability and in general make language learning an interesting task. This project will improve the communicative skills of our pupils. For this purpose, it intends to implement this project in 6 partner countries. One of the primal products is the creation of environmental posters devoted to the alarming effects of human behaviour on the environment caused by non-ecological behaviour. Through creating the educational posters pupils will learn the importance of the nature around us. Our planning includes specific activities as planting trees, saving electric energy at our schools, making our schoolyards clean and nice, building insect hotels and protecting endangered insects and animals in the area. The involvement of pupils in the subject, through experimental learning, is a way to remember the information they have learned. Pupils learn better by the method of experimental learning. Through their own work they can better understand the necessities of recycling, the impact of humans on the environment and its protection. The target groups of our project are pupils from13 to 15 years. As the primary goal of our project is to teach students to start meaningful environmental activities, they will develop a deeper understanding of environmental issues which is very important for the future of our planet. In each project school teachers will work together in groups with pupils who don´t take the healthy environment for granted and would like to learn about the environment and take
steps to improve their closest community. Pupils will learn to behave organically by the method -” learning by doing”. At each project school groups of detectives will be formed. Their task will be looking for and finding bad habits in the behaviour of pupils towards the environment.
Their mission will be the elimination of the shortcomings in the following six areas – water consumption, waste separation, energy
consumption, transport and air pollution, school greenery and the protection of plants and animals and pupils´ diet. The teams will propose solutions how to behave organically and how to improve the situation at school, by informing their classmates. All this can be done slowly by engaging students in real-world learning, which our project is offering. Partner countries will share the project topics and draw up a review questionnaire which the future detectives will use in detecting school environmental deficiencies. Consequently, the results of the findings will be compared and the best school will teach its partners how to behave environmentally friendly. It will be done through the webinars on the eTwinning platform. We consider that this project will help all the participants to change their attitudes towards the environment in a positive way. Students and teachers will also get new ideas from different cultures. The ideas of the project will be implemented into as many school subjects as possible.