Climate change happens here and now. It became evident by hot summers, extreme weather events, sea level rise, declining Arctic sea ice, etc. This will have a tremendous impact on natural cycles, water supply, food production, the conditions for human life in quite vast areas due to overheating and devastation and will thus push more migration. These effects challenge the cohesion of societies. They are likely to lead to conflicts that can also endanger democracy.
This project brings four organisations from Bulgaria, Germany, Greece and Italy together which work with citizens ‘at the margin’ of society, mainly in suburban areas of big cities. The partners aim to empower adult educators who work with non-privileged learners through exchange of good practices. Each organisation contributes through its expertise so that the consortium combines participative civic education approaches with social work, community development, art (photography) and ICT skills. The exchange results in a MOOC for adult trainers and interested volunteers who mainly act in a context of precarity and social difficulties.
The main topics of the MOOC are:
- Introduction to climate change: the history of global warming, causes and expected consequences,
- Controversies if climate change is caused by human activity,
- What comes first: ‘green’ change or social policy? Is there a conflict of objectives?
- Waste of water,
- Natural disaster related to climate change (e.g. floods, fires),
- Cultivating a green area by stimulating a civic sense for protecting the environment through citizen’s engagement,
- Waste recycling and its impact on social life,
- Climate events and its prevention,
- Community development with Roma citizens: combining social work and civic education as an approach to reach non-privileged adult citizens,
- How to create and maintain a MOOC for trainers?
The colleagues from the partner organisations take into account that ‘changing the change’ education should follow a multi-level approach. In this project, this includes a) activities to foster a general understanding of what climate change means and the profound transformation of our societies it will bring, thus coping with complexity, enhancing critical thinking, strengthening European cooperation and peaceful conflict solving. It also includes b) exploring fields of activities to counteract climate change regarding one’s own behaviour and projects which might be put in practice locally by its citizens. The project therefore intends also to contribute to the Europe 2020 goal of reducing social exclusion.