Eco, ecology, environment, green life ….is this living value important to you? Sometimes you feel like a drop in the ocean because people around you don’t respect the rules of nature? We had the same experience and we want to change it!
You just know some boring texts or several hours of films about environmental mistakes from the past? The scientific process is often not made explicit in many textbooks and there is little debate or criticism of the content that is presented. If you really want to interest someone in the ecological way of living in her/his future the best way is to involve them with your own experience. You don’t know how? We have some ideas for you right now.
Green mind – how to split this awesome idea?
Explore ecological issues by giving examples of ways to impact the thinking of children and adults in order to affirm the values of sufficiency, mutual support, and community. We call it Education by experience. One of the possibilities how to present the topic in an informal way is to find a strong personality – person who choose an eco-friendly way of living. People like this have friends with similar interests and together with them you can change the point of view of others. Eugen is this kind of person.
Eugene Odum is often called “the father of modern ecology.” Along with his brother Howard, he brought the word ecosystem into common language through his book, The fundamentals of ecology, first published in 1953. He founded the University of Georgia’s Institute of Ecology, and spent over half of a century teaching students about ecology before he died in 2002. He provided the inspiration for creating EUGENE by stating that every individual should be familiar with the principles of ecology, since they apply to all life, at all scales, and to every ecosystem. Dr. Odum also claimed that if an individual understood the principles of ecology, he or she would be better equipped to make informed decisions regarding the natural world. These two claims fit well with the goals of EE, and indeed, almost 98 percent of surveyed EE programs either explicitly or implicitly introduced at least one of principles of ecology. Find more here https://projecteugene.org
Examples of good practices
If you can share more time you should also organize a meeting – our recommendation is to connect people from different nations, just invite foreigners from your neighborhood or arrange Youth meeting supported by your national agency.
We choose three examples of projects in Poland based on discussions, workshops and craft exhibitions just to develop your fantasy:
Global vision for local work
If you would like to work with people but you have just few hours of free time – you can organize Do it yourself workshop based on recovery of resources or recycling. Invite some of your friends and let´s start. Its easier than it looks like. Just collect old clothes, unwanted household items, newspapers, plastic bottles and anything that you left for future needs in the house and you never took it again in your hand. You can decorate your house, prepare gifts for your friends or parents even design your street.
We were wondering that there are so many websites and blogs that work with Eco topics and you can join us by organising a party with some competition, habitats or short presentation of possibilities. On the internet we found hundreds of pictures and descriptions of production procedure, we like Pintrest because their ideas are really various – look at here : http://pinterest.com/inhabitat/eco-diy-crafts/
Diy projects don’t need to be about interior design only, we found some practical information about different topics and areas for every day life – you can try to consume less and recycle more, grow your own food and interact with other people with the same objectives in their minds. Easy recommendation and some short research from personal experience was made in UK are written here http://www.ecodiy.org/
Not just garbage and people need to be carry – they are also so many examples of wild life diseases for animals. We bring information about really creative projects about wild life. Its unique because you can really work with animals for 14 days in their natural conditions. Eco Life is an organization working on trips and expeditions for young people and adults which helps with saving nature and animals in South Africa . Here’s what a few of the nearly 1,000 students who have participated in trainings said about their experience with Expeditions:
“I learned a lot about South Africa, wildlife management and myself. I loved the trip and feel like a gained a lot from the experience,” Sean Oakley.
“I came to learn about wildlife and I feel as though I have gained an immense amount of knowledge. I will return to learn more. It was a once in a lifetime experience!” MaryEllen Malysiak.
“This was a life changing experience for me. This trip is so much more than I could have hoped for. The South African professionals we met are so inspiring that I am already planning my return,” Katie Suddard.
“The new knowledge and understanding that I now have will benefit me the rest of my life,” Cody Goraczkowski.
If you want to read more about their experience or get to know more details about the project click here http://www.ecolife.co.za/
If you want to create a similar meeting, just visit some of these websides.
- One of programs for countries is EU Youth in action http://eacea.ec.europa.eu/youth/ you can look for partners at Salto and you can find database of projects searching for some international participants http://www.salto-youth.net/
- International organisation which supports local workshops is also CISV. Thay use an active, experimental “learninh by dooing”, which makes learning fun and memorable http://www.cisv.org/
- You can fund your workshops also with grants, here you can find all different types of grants for active work in Europe http://mobility.embo.org/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=1179&Itemid=996
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