Mission Education

 

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The ecological challenges that we face as humanity are complex. It is impossible to simply divide them into particular fields of knowledge. Understanding the interconnectedness of ecosystems requires a comprehensive, lifelong education, tailored to the needs, level of knowledge and development of its addressees.

As we can read on the website of the United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), ecological education "... is a process that allows individuals to explore environmental issues, engage in problem solving, and take action to improve the environment. As a result, individuals develop a deeper understanding of environmental issues and have the skills to make informed and responsible decisions."

Ecological education is particularly important nowadays, when varied and not always reliable information on issues such as air pollution or climate change compete for greater recognition. Ecological education is based on long-lasting experience, that since the 1970s have found their reflection in international declarations, in the adoption of which UNEP played an important role: in Stockholm (1972), Belgrade (1975) and Tbilisi (1977).

Many years of practice has contributed to the development of innovative and interactive new forms of education, often taking advantage of new technologies. Such methods refer both to natural human curiosity, as well as available data on the environment in order to improve research skills and cross-education in the spirit of civic science.

Thanks to the knowledge gained over the years, we can see how important it is to stimulate curiosity about the surrounding world. Thanks to it, the requirements posed by us – citizens and consumers – towards public and private institutions grow as well.

We demand that authorities make their purchasing decisions responsible and we ask for access to data that allow making aware decisions regarding the surrounding environment. We also expect companies to provide us with products and services that, while guaranteeing high quality of life, have at the same time the least negative impact on the environment possible. We are even ready to sign ourselves under civic petitions, demanding action if irregularities are detected.

Companies should look forward to growing social awareness as an opportunity to create new, innovative business models, and do not perceive it as a threat. Public institutions have the opportunity to improve their image and strengthen public support by trusting citizens and providing them with broad access to environmental data. Building trust is one of the key elements that can help us implement the Sustainable Development Goals.


 

Expert's support in the EDUCATION mission:

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Selected, environmental areas of the SDGs are our focus in the MISSIONS of the Partnership "TOGETHER FOR THE ENVIRONMENT". Those areas are devoted to the issues relevant from the perspective of the environment and life on earth, both locally and globally. Members of the "TOGETHER FOR THE ENVIRONMENT" Partnership, implementing environmental MISSIONS by cooperation within initiatives and projects of the "TOGETHER FOR THE ENVIRONMENT". These activities support the fulfillment of tasks, which correspond with the environmental aspects of SDGs'.

Initiatives

 

We invite Partners Together for the Environment to get involved in the following initiatives:

Initiative
GLOBE Program
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Eco-gift – a gift for yourself and the environment
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Eco-house – a gift for yourself and the environment
Initiative
Workshops: Circular Economy – We’re closing the cycle!
Initiative
Eco-education activities
Initiative
Carpathians Unite

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