Wednesday, October 5, 2011

Joensuu school children learn about sustainable living, forests and nature


The 3rd and 4th graders of the English class at Kanervala School in Joensuu, Finland participated in a one day event in the forest at Lykynlampi on Thursday the 15th of September where they learned about forests and nature through active playing and participation.

During the day the children discovered through “Creative nature education” that the beauty and diversity of nature is unique and deserves their full attention. Treating nature with sensitivity makes children more sensitive towards one another and nature itself. Using all senses, the children acquired new strength for the challenges of everyday life. At the same time, they experienced nature as an interdependent whole and recognize themselves to be responsible for it.

The event was organized by the international “ECONA” (EcoNavigation) project funded by the EU’s Lifelong Learning Programme (Grundtvig). The project started in 2010 with the aim to find ways how everyone can make their lifestyle more sustainable through simple steps and methods.

Eight partners from six countries meet in Joensuu

The project takes a multidisciplinary approach with participants coming from various backgrounds such as ethics, social sciences, education, forestry and pedagogics. The objective is to link knowledge and action, science and ethics in order to facilitate a better ecological self-management for everyone, applicable on an everyday basis. In total there are 8 partners from Austria, Finland, Germany, Italy, Norway and Portugal.

The project participants were hosted by the Finnish partner METLA in the Joensuu region for 4 days from the 12th to 14th of 16th of September where they learned about the sustainable production of energy from forest biomass. During their stay the group visited the pellet research facilities of the University of Joensuu, in Mekrijärvi and the Eno Energy Cooperative.

Austrias “TeamTime” coordinated the event in Lykynlampi

The event in Lykynlampi was organized by “TeamTime”, an organization from Austria that has the goal to develop competence, experience, enthusiasm, joy and creative possibilities of individuals as well as of groups through playfully engagement. “TeamTime” has developed the “Sports4Peace” concept which was introduced to the United Nations in 2005 and in which thousands of children in Central Europe have already participated.

For more information please contact:

Dominik Röser

Finnish Forest Research Institute - Metla

email dominik.roser@metla.fi

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