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Innovative Sustainable Environment Education

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Project begin: 01/10/2018

Environmental education requires a close cooperation of all segments of society. Based on this belief, the ISEE project team is building cooperation among students, teachers and families around carbon footprint awareness.

Leading organisation: VAKIFBANK ATATURK Secondary School
The country where the team is based: Turkey
Covered Countries: Spain, Italy, Hungary, Romania, Serbia, Estonia, Poland
Theme: Education for Sustainable Development, Local and Indigenous Knowledge
Sub-themes: Agriculture, Climate change, Energy, Environment, Forests and desertification, Sustainable lifestyles, Waste management
Tag: #Youth
Selection: 2022
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Located in a disadvantaged area of Anamur, Turkey, the Vakifbank Atatürk School has been conducting activities to raise students’ awareness of social and environmental issues.

The school philosophy is to think with its students about the solution of global problems and to involve them in the solution. The school’s team is convinced that problems such as climate change cannot be solved only by the struggle of a certain segment of the society. For this reason, they have created their action plans from local to global in order to change our consumption habits, to try to solve environmental problems with our individual actions, to raise awareness about saving and recycling, and to reach the Unesco 2030 development goals.

A reduced carbon footprint

The Project, ‘ISEE -Innovative Sustainable Environment Education’, is related to increasing environmental awareness of students, teachers and parents, raising awareness of carbon footprint, recycling, reuse, consumption, saving, awareness of endemic creatures and endemic plants, flora and fauna.

The project has enabled families to see the damage they cause to nature through carbon footprint calculations and to make slight changes in their standard of living. The average carbon footprint of the sample group, which was 4.31 at the beginning of the project, has decreased to 3.68. Quarterly periodical electricity and water consumptions are followed up, and the average energy and water consumption has been reduced.

The school has begun planting a forest of 6,000 saplings, conducting greening work using recycled materials.

The success of this work has been shared with schools in Romania, Hungary, Italy, Estonia, Serbia, Spain and Poland. One of the objectives of this project is to be widely disseminated in all schools as in-class and extra-curricular activities.

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