We do not inherit the Earth from our Ancestors, we borrow it from our

- ancient native American saying

Many mistakes have been made in the past, the human race is now at a crossroads and together with the young people around the world we can create a world in which people everywhere will live happy healthy lives within their fair share of the earth’s resources, while  leaving space for the wild places, plants, and animals on which we all depend.

Young people are the hope for the future, WWF believes that well educated young people will be the change agents of the future.
In 2009, the International School of Geneva (Ecolint) mandated MANECO to complete a report analyzing its impact on the environment. As Ecolint was looking beyond this report and trying to find ways to undertake practical changes, they contacted WWF International for a presentation on WWF’s One Planet Living (OPL) initiative. This OPL initiative is structured around ten principles of sustainability and aims at demonstrating that living sustainably is possible and can be affordable and desirable. After this first contact, WWF representatives presented in several occasions to the teachers, the students, the administrative staff of Ecolint their work on ecological footprint reduction.

Then Ecolint and WWF decided to develop jointly Sustainability Action Plans (SAPs) for Ecolint’s three campuses in the canton of Geneva and Vaud. SAPs set objectives, targets, and strategies for Ecolint to reduce its ecological footprint. They look at what can be done in terms of infrastructures and behavior highlighting in some occasions what could be done from a curriculum perspective. The SAPs were jointly developed through workshops with Campus Development Groups from each campus which were a good opportunity for all Ecolint’s stakeholders to participate in the process. The whole SAPs development process came to an end in June 2010 and it is now time for Ecolint to implement the recommended actions.

On the right is an example of a SAP for one of Ecolint’s campuses.

Working with schools in Scotland

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WWF Scotland work on schools
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Several offices in our network work with schools. For example, WWF Scotland implements programs with decision makers to change policy. Visit their website here: WWF Scotland work on schools.

WWF works with schools to help them identify how to reduce their ecological footprint. There is a handbook for teachers, an online calculator for learners and case studies showing how schools have used the materials, see it here.

New perspectives on thinking and learning for sustainability is a resource designed to provide systems thinking knowledge, tools, and skills to generate new perspectives and develop joined-up thinking. It is a flexible suite of learning and teaching resources suitable for use by educators at all levels of the education system from upper primary to post-graduate. In our complex and interdependent world, LinkingThinking provides the necessary skills to help us find our way. See it here.

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