Newsletter November 2017

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Welcome to the Eco-Schools International Newsletter for November 2017 - NOM Edition!


Our annual National Operators Meeting (NOM) is coming up next week in Paris, France, and we truly can't wait! Read our Press Release below to find out what we have cooking.

Find information about FEE Global Action Days taking place this week, and scroll further down to check out our stories from Russia, Malta, and Latvia.  Finally, read about Project Polar Bear Competition.

Follow our NOM @EcoSchoolsInt @Eco_Ecole, and share your experience with #ESParis2017 #EcoSchools.

Lead on Eco-Schools!

Bríd & Nicole



Positive Actions in the Future of Education at the Eco-Schools NOM 2017


Copenhagen, 7 November 2017 - Next week the Eco-Schools International team will be on their way to the annual Eco-Schools National Operator Meeting (NOM), this year taking place in Paris, France. Sessions, workshops and activities will revolve around the theme: Positive Actions in the Future of Education. The NOM will be taking place 17-19 November, and Eco-Schools project workshops are scheduled to take place on 20 November. Eco-Schools is one of five programmes run by the Foundation for Environmental Education (FEE).

Eco-Schools National Operators from over 60 countries will be participating in the meeting to discuss, exchange experiences, participate in professional development sessions and make their contributions to the development of the Eco-Schools programme. The agenda focuses on the Themes of Health & Wellbeing and Marine & Coast, plus the Sustainable Development Goals and their connection to the programme. It includes professional development sessions on Transformative Education, Project-Based Learning and Fundraising; and provides space for group work on Green Flag Benchmarking, Eco-Schools Twinning, Natural Disasters, planning for the Eco-Schools 25th Anniversary in 2019 and FEE EcoCampus.

As part of the official programme, Eco-Schools International will welcome Jérémie Petit of the French Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Stéphane Marchand-Maillet of MGEN, Bernard Combes from UNESCO, Mari Nishimura from UNEP, Maëlle Montier from World Ocean Network, and French Eco-Schools representatives.

Attendees will have the chance to hear about programme developments by Thierry Lerévérend, CEO of NOM 2017 host organisation, Teragir, Laura Hickey of the National Wildlife Federation and FEE Board of Directors, Daniel Schaffer, FEE CEO, Bríd Conneely, International Eco-Schools Director, and many of the National Operators from across the globe.

Bríd Conneely says: “We are so excited to be going to Paris for the meeting. It is the first time France is hosting the Eco-Schools National Operator Meeting and it is also the largest meeting ever with over 100 delegates. It is a huge plus to have so many organisations from civil society in Paris discussing the SDGs and the communities that make them relevant.”

In the evening of 18 November, the Paris City Hall will be hosting a Green Flag Ceremony. Six French schools will be awarded the Green Flag by representatives of Teragir’s most prominent institutional and corporate partners: the Paris City Hall, the Ministries of Education, Sustainable Development, and Foreign Affairs, MGEN, and CITEO.

Follow Eco-Schools International on social media and stay tuned.


#ESParis2017 #EcoSchools #EcoEcole

@EcoSchoolsInt @Eco_Ecole​

Global Action Days are back!
#FEEGAD #globalactiondays

The Foundation for Environmental Education (FEE) is once again inviting everyone around the world to participate in promoting their work through our Global Action Days: a week-long showcasing of the amazing work carried out by FEE members which will culminate in Global Action Days which will take place during the week of 6-12 November 2017. Read more... 


Eco-Schools Growing Strong in Russia

Former FEE President, Jan Eriksen, was invited by our member organisation, Keep St Petersburg Tidy, to celebrate the 15th anniversary of the FEE Eco-Schools programme in Russia earlier this month.

During his stay, he conducted a presentation during an Eco-Schools event, which numerous schools and kindergartens attended and participated in the Green Flag awarding ceremony. Read more...

Latvian Eco-Schools march for Global Action Days

Watch this video from the Latvian Eco-Schools March to raise awareness on food waste in Latvia. The march was an opening event and an invitation to take part in the Global Action Days taking place this week, to showcase the issue of food waste even further!

The main Global Action Days themes in Latvia are Climate change, Biodiversity, Litter/Waste and Responsible Consumption. 
Watch the video here.

New heights for the Green Flag!

On 6th September 2009, we managed to take the Green Flag to Base Camp on Kilimanjaro.

In April 2017 we managed to take the Green Flag to even greater heights! Our Maltese team brought the Green Flag to Mount Everest … or more precisely the Everest Base camp (at 5,380m) and later the Imja Tse (also known as Island peak), which stands at 6,189m. Find the Eco-Schools Malta latest newsletter here.

Project Polar Bear Competition

Project Polar Bear is an international competition among student groups who are taking action to fight climate change. With the guidance of an advisor, groups compete by creating a plan for a project that will help reduce reliance on fossil fuels and engage their communities.

This can be a plan for a new project, or a proposal to continue an existing project.

Read more and register.

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