e-co-foot – Ecological Footprint Training

This is an international sustainability education project with partners from Austria, Hungary, Romania and Greece. Main results will be: learning materials, teaching materials and an Ecological Footprint Calculation Software especially for kids. Project start: September 2017. Project duration: three years.

Humanity’s consumption of Earth’s natural resources exceeds its biocapacity. This imbalance can be quantified through the world ecological footprint as an extrapolation of all humans’ individual footprints. As many individuals don’t know about their footprints, we want to spread this societally essential knowledge together with practical information. E-co-logical Footprint Training. Smalls steps – big changes.

We want to concentrate on young learners between 10 and 18 and provide them with knowledge regarding the ecological footprint, including backgrounds on what is included in such a footprint considering production, use and disposal of goods and services, socio-economic aspects and capabilities to minimize footprints – in order to sustain life on our planet. We aim to develop a high quality blended educational package that addresses the needs at different learning stages, get schools and class teachers in the partner countries interested in using the educational material, involve the whole school community and education system, parents, locals, local representatives from the municipality as well as other local NGOs and in a next step raise interest for participation also in further countries.

“The intellectual outputs will be:
• Off- and online learning material grouped in six units in two versions (suitable for school kids aged about 10–13 and 14–18; the latter also for adults): 1 general introduction, 4 units on footprint key areas food, consumption, mobility, housing, 1 “Mini Hectare Workshop”
• Teaching materials on Ecological Footprint (for teachers)
• Ecological Footprint Calculation Tool allowing kids to collect relevant data and calculate their footprints
• Guide to Certifications; unbiased from certification institutions (overview of existing environmental education certifications and how to achieve them )

E-co-foot lays the ground for a pan-European solution on how to raise schoolkids’ awareness on sustainability which cannot only be adopted beyond the partner countries but also beyond Europe because of the self-scaling character, its “translatability” and transferability of the e-learning-tool and the survey-software. The cross-border cooperation initiates the transversal take-up of innovative practices in education, the ICT-involving cross-community approach (school children and their environment, no segregation) among other things is a strategy against socio-economic digital divide.

Austria, Greece, Romania and Hungary – these are the countries the 5 project partners come from. We will provide the material in the languages of the partners and English and want to reach out beyond these countries to reach out to other EU-countries – your contribution for translation and spreading this knowledge is welcome!

Apart from this educational long-term effect, the project also benefits the ecosystem itself. We share – knowledge and responsibility and we care – for us, others and our planet. Together.