Environmental awareness as an active approach: the results of ILCES

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In an era where climate and environmental emergencies dominate the global discourse, Europe was the first continent to declare such an emergency. Central to the priorities of the European Green Deal is the activation of educational and training systems to involve students, parents, and the broader community in essential environmental changes. Achieving climate neutrality requires innovative and strategic educational approaches to effectively educate all community members on environmental and sustainability issues.

ILCES has the goal of increasing environmental awareness among people of different age groups through an active and critical approach, proposing educational activities to be carried out both individually and in groups. To achieve this goal, the project began by exploring the existing situation, networks, and activities in the local community related to adult and intergenerational education. Based on these findings, the following resources were developed:

The success was highlighted by the collaborative efforts of the various project partners and a strategic local partner in this field: Palma Nana. The cooperative’s activities have always aimed at intergenerational and territorial involvement, intending to promote the development of eco-friendly behaviors and to recover healthier lifestyles and models.

The culminating event of the ILCES project was organized at the Serra Guarneri Environmental Education Center in Cefalù, in the province of Palermo. More than 40 people participated in the event, which was also scheduled in conjunction with World Environment Day on June 5, emphasizing the global importance of biodiversity conservation and protection.

Overall, ILCES was characterized by enthusiastic participation in activities and valuable exchanges on environmental education. The project’s efforts highlighted the importance of protecting nature and demonstrated the vital role of intergenerational learning in promoting a sustainable future. The collaborative spirit and active involvement of all participants laid a solid foundation for future environmental education and sustainability initiatives.

Have you already tried to change some aspects of your daily life to be more sustainable? If you think you can change your habits but want to get ideas for changing your behavior, visit https://ilces.eu/ and access the activities through the platform https://ilces.eu/it/learn-platform/. You will find plenty of ideas to improve your life and that of your friends and family!


ILCES – Intergenerational Learning Communities towards Environmental Sustainability is a project funded by the Erasmus+: Key Action 2, Cooperation partnerships in adult education programme and aims to create environmental awareness through an active and critical approach that involves people of different age groups.


For further information

Read about ILCES and visit https://ilces.eu/.

Contact Aurelia Schera: aurelia.schera@cesie.org.

Strengthening Research Support: a study visit to CESIE by Science and Research Center Koper

Strengthening Research Support: a study visit to CESIE by Science and Research Center Koper

As part of the KRPAN project – Strengthening Research Support and Activities for Progress on European Research Projects), Živa Semolič – project officer from ZRS Koper, Slovenia – joined a dynamic study visit hosted by CESIE ETS in Palermo. Visit aimed to enhance international collaboration and gain insights into organisational processes, project development, networking, administrative and financial project management.