Climate change is and will be the most serious problem in the whole world. Most countries have already experienced disastrous effects of global warming, such as extreme weather, extreme heat, floods, droughts, forest fires, rising sea level. UN has a Development Programme with 17 sustainable development goals and goal number 13 is Climate action. Goals 14 - Life below water and 15 - Life on land, are also connected with fighting climate changes. There are other documents, like Kyoto Protocol, Paris Agreement, Europe 2020 Strategy, in which countries are urged to mitigate the effects of climate change. World Health Organization also warns about negative effects of limate change on human health.
The Erasmus+ project entitled "Stop Climate Change - Together Europe Achieves More“ will be implemented by six partner schools from diferent parts of Europe: Croatia, Greece, Italy, Lithuania, the Netherlands and Poland: Osnovna škola Bartola Kašića, Vinkovci 1st Gymnasium of Cholargos, Athens Istituto Comprensivo Sant'Elia a Pianisi, Satn'Elia a Pianisi Alytaus r. Simno gimnazija, Simnas BC Broekhin Roermond, Roermond Szkola Podstawowa nr.12, Gdynia
This project stems from the climate change experiences of all participating schools and recognizing the common problem. The main objective is to expand their knowledge and exchange good practices in this field to achieve greater competences needed in daily life in the 21st century. Project objectives are: - to show pupils different approaches to mitigating climate changes and raise the level of climate literacy - to improve awareness about climate changes from all aspects and angles not only for students but also for families and local communities - to encourage pupils and parents to engage in energy-saving activities - to connect the curricula of different subjects by implementing project and involving all teachers, to develop an interdisciplinary knowledge - all students will realize the importance of belonging to the EU by participating in this project and by cooperating with different nations - to increase openness of pupils to other cultures, enable pupils to make formal and informal contact with foreigners - to increase competence in the use of English language and ICT and (digital competences) for pupils and teachers - to increase recognition of schools in the local environment - to disseminate and exploit the results, ensuring future generations have access to simple, science based toolkits which support their learning - to strengthen teachers' skills through transnational cooperation and by adopting new, innovative and effective methods of teaching.
Partner schools have 3820 pupils and 378 teachers. They will all take part in project activities and benefit from them. Pupils are aged 5-18, pupils aged 13-16 will go to mobilities. In the framework of the project there are following activities planned: short-term exchanges of pupils, measuring the weather, studying global warming and greenhouse effect, introducing measures to reduce CO2 emmisions, taking measures to reduce carbon footprint, studying endengered plants and animals, invasive plants and animals, learning about renewable sources of energy, production of a functioning water mill, solar powered car, wind turbine, game creation, learning about 1st aid and rescuing disaster victims, rehearsing and performing 6 climate based school plays, conducting 36 climate based lessons. Impact and benefits in the long term will be: the increased interests of students science, in environment and mitigation of climate changes, the increased tolerance to social and cultural differences, the increased willingness of teachers to take on new challenges and projects, the increased openness of the teachers to educational cooperation, perception of the teaching staff as active and involved in lives of local people, the use of effective solutions to reduce socio - economic differences between disadvantaged students, improved educational offer of the schools, the increased experience in implementation of EU projects, the opportunity to use examples of good practices.
Survey on changes in attitudes towards climate changes and changes in lifestyle at the end of Erasmus+ project Stop Climate Change - Together Europe Achieves More
In spring 2020 students, parents and teachers were asked to fill out a questionnaire which was part of the Erasmus project ‘Stop climate change’. We wanted to see if project activities resulted in raised awareness of the importance to mitigate climate changes and readiness of pupils, parents and teachers to take part in activities and change their lifestyle. 248 people met this request and below you can find a report with the most important findings. This report will be shared among the respondents and other people who are interested in this project. The outcomes will be used to develop learning aids for students. Survey was filled by 130 pupils, 74 parents and 45 teachers from all partner countries. Most pupils (127) are 12-16 years old, only 3 are older.