How to boost environmental education towards responsible citizenship?

Friday 14 July 2023

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Many attempts to educate the public in adopting responsible behaviours to preserve the environment and take action against climate change have relied on alarmist strategies that can often inhibit the desire to act. Eco-anxiety is now recognised as a community phenomenon and there is a lack of a structured approach to deal with it.

GEA intends to support the environmental education of adults, to enable them to adopt a more conscious approach to contextualise environmental challenges and take individual responsibility for protecting the entire community in which they live. Over the course of three years, the project partners will work together to develop a series of educational resources aimed at both educators and adult learners (especially those outside formal education).  

The first stages of the project include the implementation of a research to identify gaps in adult environmental education and the main interests and barriers that exist in the participation to citizen science projects and environmental initiatives by local communities.

On the 29th and 30th June, we met in Palermo at the premises of CESIE (coordinator), to discuss the information gathered in the countries of the consortium (Italy, Belgium, Greece, Estonia, Germany, Macedonia, Lithuania) and plan its presentation through an interactive report. The meeting offered a unique opportunity for discussion and exchange of information between the consortium members, who are in the process of finalising the research, which includes online questionnaires, interviews and focus groups.  

The involvement of representatives of the project’s target groups and the analysis of different geographical realities is a key step in ensuring the effectiveness of the next resources: the GEA e-learning programme (addressed to educators), the sustainability kit and the co-designed policy initiatives manual.  

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About the project

GEA – Growing into Eco-conscious Adults is a project funded by the program Erasmus+ KA2 – Cooperation Partnership in Adult education.


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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.