Friday, June 29, 2012

European Green Capital 2014: preparing your lessons?

Here I am writing again about Environmental education in curricula! And again I'm writing about European Green Capital.

So, after Stockholm 2010, Hamburg 2011, Vitoria-Gasteiz is very proud to be the European Green Capital for 2012.

Vitoria-Gasteiz, founded in 1181, is second in size (only to Bilbao) in the Basque Country, and has some 240,000 people currently inhabiting this gem in northern Spain.


Vitoria-Gasteiz is the capital of the Álava province and of the Basque Country.  The city holds the title of European Green Capital in 2012.

Last week, 20th June, the European Commission launched the search for the "European Green Capital 2015". This exciting competition will decide who will hold the European Green Capital Award for 2015. 
"The award was created in 2006 in Estonia, to recognise the efforts of European cities to solve environmental problems and improve the quality of life for their citizens."

"European Green Capital Award" aims to reward progress made and to encourage cities to commit to future environmental improvement and sustainable development. 
The awarded cities also provide a role model to inspire other cities and promote best practices and experiences in all other European cities. 
So far four cities, Stockholm, Hamburg, Vitoria-Gasteiz and Nantes 2013, have been awarded the prestigious title form 2010 to 2013.
"Over the last four years the European Green Capital has been impressed by the dedication and enthusiasm of the entering cities. The four cities that have been awarded the title have been the epitome of green cities and have exceeded as models to the rest of Europe."
Today, on June 29, 2012, one of the three shortlisted cities – Bristol, Copenhagen and Frankfurt – will join the ranks of "European Green Capital" and will be awarded. The winner city will take the title over from Nantes in 2014. 
The winner of the "European Green Capital Award" for 2014 will be announced in Vitoria-Gasteiz.
The award will be given to the city that best embodies the European Green Capital Award values. That is a city that:
  • Has a consistent record of achieving high environmental standards;
  • Is committed to ongoing and ambitious goals for further environmental improvement and sustainable development;
  • Can act as a role model to inspire other cities and promote best practices to all other European cities. 

"Our parents were the anti-war generation. Our generation is the environmental generation"

You know I am a huge fan of Environmental education in school no matter the curriculum. Environmental education must be teached in cross-curricula.
All teachers must be "green" and help the new generations to involve in educational projects, national or international, about Environment.

Schools have an important role promoting environmental education as a Civics value across all school curricula.

I have already published different posts about environment and education along the years on this blog. You can watch the list on Environmental Education in curricula

Students are publishing two green blogs since 2005: Geração Verde and Geração Polar.

For years, I shared my "green" ideas with the students in Languages and ICT 
currriculum. And they were very excited about new environmental ideas.

Today, I know that a new young generation  are young citizens who care about Environment and practice "green acts" every day. Some of them now as young adults are involved as volunteers in different NGO's.

Level: All levels;

Curriculum: Cross-curricular;

  • A comparing study about the different European Green Capitals; 
  • Make-off of a video; 
  • Storytelling using iPad; 
  • e-Portfolio preparation about traditions from the green citiies; 
  • Intercultural e-projects with schools from one of the "European Green Capital"; 
  • Social networks: Twitter or Facebook school accounts for projects dissemination;

Educators can also provide resources to help students learning for a sustainable future. There are a lot of educational green websites, digital resources.

Students will evolve in creative "green" projects  that they will share with families, friends, schools and their own cities.

"Because we don't think about future generations, they will never forget us."

 Henrik Tikkanen 


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