” A Healthy Life In A Healthy Environment ”
EU Programm, ERASMUS + 2014-2020;
The action KA2 –strategic partnerships in the school field – interschool exchange projects;
Reference number: 2020-1-AT01-KA229-077925_1;
Deployment period: 01.09.2020-31.08.2022;
In the preparation of this proposal there are several interrelationships with the project proposal regarding sustainable environmental protection based on different approaches and interests. Primarily, the VET schools have joined forces out of the same interests and decided to work together, as the project topic is of international importance. We in Innsbruck are a certified ÖKOLOG environmental school with a high proportion of teaching units in the field of environmental education, environmental law and a school-autonomous focus on “nature, technology and sustainability“. The advancement of ecologisation is of relevance to social policy. The “Fridays for Future” campaign has been very well received by the young population. Accordingly, it was obvious to pick up our young people with their needs and to bundle their knowledge, ideas and preconception in this project. These interests connect us with our partner schools and so the interest could be aroused to start an environmental project together. In the preliminary talks, the individual environmental topics that we want to work on and which are important for the individual project partners were identified. These are national issues such as the protection of forests, hydro-power, air pollution, clean oceans, which of course also have international significance, since all are affected by this issue and air pollution does not stop at national borders. The participants are students in national education and are taught in classes (50 in total). Furthermore, our target group is characterized by a uniform level of education. Through this form of projects, new knowledge carriers are formed who can act as multipliers. Especially in the student area, environmental topics are given a lot of attention, because young people are and will be directly confronted with the immediate effects. On the one hand, students in each partner country are made aware of opportunities and risks and are confronted with situations they are not familiar with through direct experience. For example, air pollution in Romania, heavy industry in the immediate vicinity of the habitat of the people/ youth, confrontation with snowless winters, but nevertheless tourists are made to believe a “winter wonderland” by artificial snow. Here, especially in tourism, the lack of awareness for the changes in nature becomes apparent. The activity will be that we will visit a glacier on site to see how these ice giants are receding due to global warming. In Romania, young people will get to know the extent of the coal mills directly on site and will be able to identify winners and losers of this situation by means of questionnaires. In Germany, we are visiting a region that has been severely affected by forest die-back and that is trying to restore an intact environment through renaturalisation programmes. In the Teacher Meetings the theoretical basics and their implementation are discussed with experts. The whole process is guided by a hands-on approach in order to promote the key competences of the 21st century and the 8 EU competences. After the project, the results should have an impact in that students will pass on their experiences and stay in contact with each other and, of course, also try to become active and collaborate in follow-up projects. The focus on the protection of nature shall be further developed and a change in behavior shall be induced. The positive behavior for a sustainable nature conservation must change and continue and go beyond Friday demonstrations. The young people experience themselves as acting agents in their living environment and not only as listeners and recipients of events and their consequences. What is certainly always a benefit is that through projects like this friendships develop across borders and young people gain an understanding that mobility and flexibility are essential skills of the 21st century in order to be European Citizens.