Environmental education: Could corona-anxiety lead to positive climate action?
There are many interesting parallels between coronavirus and the climate crisis. But can the pandemic actually shift people’s attitudes or policies? A researcher, campaigner and teacher educator specialising in environmental issues share their hopes and concerns.
Adapting to the new normal: The education system in times of crisis
Sometimes systems require a crisis to transform. Adult education must be flexible and adapt quickly to changes and challenges facing us as society, writes Sabine Verheyen, Chair of committee on Culture and Education In European Parliament. The text is a column written for issue 2/2020 on Adult Education and the Unexpected.
Studying as a refugee – instead of just waiting
The job of teaching in a refugee community is full of challenges. The Lebanon-based Syrian organisation Multi Aid Programs trains both children and adults to cope with daily life but also prepares them for a brighter future.
Improvising the unexpected
An improv mindset, which professionals of numerous fields train by applying methods from stage improv, helps them to become more observant and cooperative. Facing the unexpected is less stressful with the right attitude and energy.
Enjoy art and drinks and learn in an urban environment
Kalab is a community centre in Bratislava run by volunteers who saw a cure for intolerance in bringing people together.
Encouraging eco-social learning
Learning about climate is more crucial than ever – but we still have too few opportunities and places for informal climate learning. How can climate awareness be facilitated in urban spaces with a high population density? A MEP, a rap artist, and the CEO of WWF Finland answer.
Libraries increase public space in Beirut
Beirut’s first municipal library was opened at the beginning of the millennium. In the libraries of Lebanon’s capital city there is a desire to promote not only lifelong learning but also equality.
Everyday learning forgotten in cities
The fragmentation of groups of people and a decline in face-to-face encounters do not bode well for informal or everyday learning. As a result of migration, differences between countries, cities and districts are increasing, and barriers between people are getting higher.
The whole city teaches
What if the whole city was a lifelong learning space in itself? The Finnish capital Helsinki is aiming to lead the way in this.
Education alone cannot cure environmental anxiety but it can help
Are you worried about climate change? Many young people will say “yes”. The concern of young people about the environment is real, and it is the job of adults to take it seriously, says environmental educator Pinja Sipari.