Newsletter March 2021

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Global Action Days
19 April - 16 May

Do you want to help protect biodiversity, reduce environmental pollution, and empower climate action?

The My Actions Matter campaign, in partnership with Now.Here, will engage youth through the Treasure Earth app in small positive actions (Handprints) that each one of us can take to become more compassionate towards Earth. The campaign will mobilise the power of our network and demonstrate how small individual action can have a great impact on our own and our Earth’s wellbeing.

Join us for an interactive webinar for schools around the world on
7 April, 2-3pm CEST

During the webinar, you will be able to:
Learn more about the campaign and how small actions can have a big effect!
Reflect on your connection with nature and your daily habits.
Understand the basic concept of Compassion.
Learn how to join the campaign as a school.
Ask any questions you may have!

Learn more and register for the webinar here.

Invitation to the Global Survey of Teachers by UNESCO

The Global Survey of Teachers is developed by UNESCO and aims to study teachers’ readiness in order to integrate ESD and GCED into their teaching. The survey targets ALL teachers in formal primary and secondary education, regardless of the subject(s) they teach. 

The survey is available in 12 languages including the six official UN languages (Arabic, Chinese, English, French, Russian and Spanish) as well as Indonesian, Italian, Japanese, Kiswahili, Korean and Portuguese. Teachers have until 25 April 2021 to respond to the survey which should take about 30-40 minutes to complete. 

Answer the survey here.

Registration is now open!

Earth Action Hub is a youth-led online event and community
dedicated to empower people to take climate action

The Foundation for Environmental Education (FEE) is excited to be announcing the launch of Earth Action Hub, a dynamic 3-day virtual event dedicated to engaging everyone aged 16+ to learn about and promote sustainable solutions to climate change! 
The first annual Earth Action Hub event will be kicking off on Friday, May 21st at 14:00 UTC, starting with an Opening Ceremony filled with inspiring individuals from around the world and diving straight into a variety of talks, conversations, and workshops. You have the chance to join over 24 hours of fun, dynamic and educational activities and sessions planned!
How can you support Earth Action Hub?
One of our highest priorities is to ensure inclusivity. The event and the platform is completely free for anyone to join and we intend to keep it this way. If you have the means to support this vision, any amount, no matter the size, will be immensely appreciated. Learn more about donations here.
Earth Action Hub is the creation of an international, youth-led Organising Committee made up of seven dedicated members (yes, those are our faces in the video!) who at the moment are working voluntarily to make this long-term project a success.
You can also help us build momentum and get the newest updates by following Earth Action Hub on social media: Facebook - Instagram - Twitter


 An Eco-School project mobilizing the whole school community at the International School Basel (Switzerland)

In 2019, the International School Basel (ISB) in Switzerland embarked on a journey to promote environmental sustainability as a whole school community. To give structure to this commitment and engage with like-minded schools, ISB joined the Eco-Schools programme shortly afterwards. As waste pollution touches the hearts of many students, ISB focused on the theme of Litter and Waste in its first Eco-Schools project. 

In February 2021, ISB was awarded the Green Flag. The award gives recognition to the school's great achievements and serves as a springboard for its continuing commitment to sustainable development. Read the full story here.

Estonian Eco-Schools held it's first Digital Cleanup Week

The Estonian Eco-Schools programme "Roheline kool" organised a successful Digital Cleanup Week at the end of January and will make it an annual event. A total of 3,700 participants, including 3,500 pupils and teachers from school or kindergarten teams, also 200 individual participants and family members, registered for the Digital Cleanup Week activities. All together 36 kindergartens and 30 schools all over Estonia participated.

The aim of the campaign was to draw attention to digital waste and digital overconsumption - how using digital devices and the web affects our environmental footprint through energy use. The campaign consisted of small specific tasks that where put up daily to social media, starting from unsubscribing from unnecessary emails to sorting through photos on storage service accounts. Also two seminars, a web lecture and an informative poster where organised for the network of teachers.

The week culminated on the 29 of January with a nationwide Digital Cleanup Day 2021 organised by a partnering telecommunications company Telia. Many participants really committed to the tasks, one school deleting over 2 terabytes of trash data and one kindergarden staff deleting over 55,000 unnecessary emails. The campaign got a lot of feedback, many of the participants hadn't thought about the negative effect of storing digital trash on the environment.

One of the participating school's thoughts about the campaign: 
"The most important thing is to realize that while digital waste is not the biggest problem in the world at the moment, it can become a big problem, but not if we already address it and realize that creating digital data increases our environmental footprint. Disposing of digital waste should become as common as sorting waste and emptying the bin at home ".

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