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Course Goals

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The aim of this course is to provide our students a platform to increase their environmental and ecological knowledge, encouraging them to reflect about five common environmental problems, and making them begin an easy research of what solutions are for these problems in their sorrounding areas.


We drafted our course for pupils between 10 to 12, for those, who already have some very basic information about ecological issues but never thought about them deeply. We don't want to make of them the ecologists but just show them that there are some ecological issues and also some controversial ecological issues (like recycling). We try to offer them the different points of view and let them decide what do they think about the issue.

Based on the motto "Think Globally, Act Locally" (*), we want to encourage our pupils to learn, reflect and share their concerns and their ideas about what can they do locally to better understand and behave about the environment in general and particulary their nearest environment.


To do this we propose a serial of tasks and procedures ( see steps for weekly work ), and we provide a learning environment to facilitate this work (Learning environment and process), we also indicate how to use the proposed tools and possibilities (Your discussion area and instructions, General about the discussion rules, How to create webpage with Notaland, etc.)



(*) Think Globally, Act Locally refers to the argument that global environmental problems can turn into action only by considering ecological, economic, and cultural differences of our local surroundings. This phrase was originated by Rene Dubos as an advisor to the United Nations Conference on the Human Environment in 1972. In 1979, Dubos suggested that ecological consciousness should begin at home. He believed that there needed to be a creation of a World Order in which "natural and social units maintain or recapture their identity, yet interplay with each other through a rich system of communications". In the 1980's, Dubos held to his thoughts on acting locally, and felt that issues involving the environment must be dealt with in their "unique physical, climatic, and cultural contexts."

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