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THE FOUNDATION FOR SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT: OVERVIEW

 

  The Foundation for Sustainable Development (Fundacja Na Rzecz Zrównoważonego Rozwoju) is a non-governmental organization that promotes environmental education, particularly on the topic of climate change and sustainable development. Our team is led by Robert Kęder, who has had over 10 years of experience coordinating numerous projects on environmental protection.

  The Foundation was founded in July 2008, and has been steadily expanding its activity ever since.

  The Foundation has successfully completed numerous projects concerned with renewable energy sources, preventing climate change, protection of water resources, conservation of biodiversity, waste management, and raising environmental awareness among children.

  Our projects aim to provide environmental education for various age and work groups, including children, young people, teachers and academics concerned with non-formal teaching.

  The Foundation has successfully completed numerous projects concerned with renewable energy sources, preventing climate change, protection of water resources, conservation of biodiversity, waste management, and raising environmental awareness among children.

  Our projects aim to provide environmental education for various age and work groups, including children, young people, teachers and academics concerned with non-formal teaching.

  The Foundation works with experts and specialists on sustainable development, as well as teachers and educators working in the field of environment protection. They come from many different institutions: Agricultural Advisory Centers, Agricultural Chambers, local governments, universities, public schools, and others.

  We have also worked on multimedia teaching aids, all of which are based on our educational TV programs. These productions allow the Foundation to have its message reach a wide audience.

  We also organize training courses and conferences, as well as workshops for children. The latter include various aids – worksheets, lesson plans, and more.

  The Organization is responsible for creating and administering several websites touching upon sustainable development.

 

Our projects include:

 

1. “Climate for Kids” („Klimat dla dzieci”), a nationwide educational program

“Climate for Kids” – an innovative project revolving around an educational platform, designed to raise environmental awareness and knowledge among children, shape their attitudes towards the natural environment, and teach them to act in accordance with the rules of sustainable development. The project's subject matter allowed it to receive honorary patronage of the Ministry of National Education, the Ministry of Environment, the President of the City of Warsaw, and Polish National Television (TVP S.A.).

 

          The project consists of the following initiatives:

  • 14 episodes of „Kaktus i Mały”, an animated TV series. The two eponymous heroes solve everyday problems related to environment protection and ecology. As they find answers to their questions, they also present the viewers with causes and results of the processes described, and even some ways to resolve the problems that are doable for children.
  • www.klimatdladzieci.pl – a web educational platform for children, filled with interesting and often surprising content, including games that send a pro-environmental message. The site is designed to be a playground for preschoolers and schoolchildren that provides information on recycling, waste segregation, renewable energy sources and endangered species.

www.klimatdladzieci.pl

 

 

„Nature Notebook” („Notatnik przyrodniczy”)

       „Nature Notebook” („Notatnik przyrodniczy”) - a multimedia teaching aid that introduces the readers to the incredible world of nature. Children can discover the variety of plant and animal life, and understand such terms as environment-friendly energy, rational waste management, and sustainable development. The aid is colorful and visually attractive, encouraging young readers to learn its content. „Nature Notebook” has had the approval of the Local Department of Education in Łódź and of the Teacher Improvement Center in Łódź.

 

          Organizing training courses for elementary school and kindergarten teachers 53 meetings attended by more than 1,100 teachers and educators allowed them to training courses for elementary school and kindergarten teachers gain knowledge concerning climate change and sustainable development, which they could later present to their pupils. Attendees were also given practical instruction about preparing classes teaching children about ecology and environmental protection.  

 

·         Organizing “Once Upon a Time... CO2” („Było sobie CO2”), an art contest based around the idea of presenting carbon dioxide – one of the greatest dangers in the modern world – from the children's point of view. After being introduced to the topic by their teacher, kids were supposed to draw or paint a picture showing their depiction of CO2 – the way it looks, the things it does, etc. The ambiguity of the subject actually deepened the contestants' interest in ecology, encouraging them to take a closer look at their surroundings, and use their imagination to see things that are invisible.

 

2.) “Environmental Education in the Knowledge Society” („Edukacja środowiskowa w społeczeństwie wiedzy”), a nation-wide educational program on sustainable development, co-created with the Association of Economic and Social Development "Wiedza"

The project is aimed at upper-secondary school students and teachers, academics, educationalists and students of science faculties, and finally organizations and institutions working on projects related to environmental education. The project received honorary patronage of the University Centre for Environmental Studies of the University of Warsaw.

 

The program consists of the following projects:

·         The TV series “Biological Diversity and Environmental Dangers” („Różnorodność biologiczna a zagrożenia środowiskowe”). The series is meant as an attractive, accessible guide that promotes three concepts: protecting flora and fauna in the changing environment; national parks as a crucial means of protecting the biosphere and storing the most important elements of natural heritage in Poland; and the richness of biological diversity in the parks. The program is also concerned with global risks and challenges that are caused by climate change. Human activities are shown in two ways: as causing global warming by interfering with the environment, and as designating areas which are protected against rapid changes of abiotic components of the environment.

·         The publication „Polska przyroda – dar i obowiązek” and its English version: „Polish Nature – Our Heritage and Duty”. The book tries to summarize and regularize what we know about the state of environment in Poland, particularly its biological diversity. The substantive and informative publication can be used as a teaching aid for secondary school and university students. It was developed under the contents supervision of the University Centre for Environmental Studies.

 

·         Organizing courses “Modern challenges in environmental protection and sustainable development” („Współczesne wyzwania w aspekcie ochrony przyrody a zrównoważony rozwój"), aimed at secondary school teachers, educators, and representatives of non-governmental organizations. The series of over 20 courses introduced the participants to the meaning of active and passive environmental protection as a means of preserving biological diversity, the NATURA 2000 program, social communication, environmental safety and environmental justice. Practical guidelines for teaching about environment protection were also provided.

 

·         Organizing the conference “Biological diversity and sustainable development” ("Różnorodność biologiczna w aspekcie zrównoważonego rozwoju"), aiming to promote and educate on various concepts and issues related to protecting nature and the environment. The papers presented during the conference introduced the participants to new techniques of teaching young people about sustainable development, maintaining biodiversity, and protecting endangered species.

 

·         Creating the www.bioroznorodnosc.com.pl website – an internet platform with information on the project, its status and results. The site also features “Biological Diversity and Environmental Dangers”, the TV series made as a part of the project.

www.bioroznorodnosc.com.pl

 

 

3.) “Sustainable Development as a Means of Equalizing Educational Opportunities” („Zrównoważony rozwój na rzecz wyrównywania szans edukacyjnych”) – a nationwide education program co-created with the Dzieło Nowego Tysiąclecia Foundation

·     The program is aimed at talented, young people of limited means living in small towns that are involved with the scholarship program run by the Dzieło Nowego Tysiąclecia Foundation.

·    The project aims to familiarize the participants with sustainable development and biodiversity protection. This is achieved by making them interested in natural sciences, raising their awareness of environmental issues, and instilling personal responsibility for the quality of the environment. All this helps to equalize educational opportunities for young people from small towns and raise environmental education leaders in various communities.

·    The project incorporates various educational tools: camps for students and secondary school seniors, creating, printing and distributing the educational pamphlet “Niecodziennik ekologiczny”, and organizing a photo contest for students.

 

4.) “Climate ABC” („ABC Klimatu”) an educational TV series co-developed with Linust Media Group

·     “Climate ABC” is a TV series aiming to promote responsible actions concerning environmental protection. It guides the viewer through such issues as anthropogenic climate change, related components of biotic and abiotic environments, as well as the effects they all have on the economy, the society and people's worldviews. The series refers to and describes the rules of sustainable development.

·     “Climate ABC” explains basic concepts related to meteorology and climate, gives advice on dealing with climate change, shows the ways of limiting the negative effects they have, and describes the methods of keeping global warming from advancing.

 

Climate ABC” („ABC Klimatu”) – an educational TV series

 

5.) “Poland, its Resources and Environment: Current Situation and Challenges” („Polska, jej zasoby i środowisko. Stan i wyzwania”) a publication co-created with the Association of Economic and Social Development "Wiedza"

·     The publication is based on “Natural and Human environment of Poland. A Geographical Overview (Polish Geographical Society, Warsaw. 2006), an English-language work that aimed to assess the current state of natural environment and socioeconomic structures in Poland, presenting the undergoing changes in these areas.

·     The idea behind the publication is to present the topics in an accessible, reader-friendly manner, in order to introduce it to a large audience. The book is meant first and foremost to serve as an aid for teachers and educationalists.

 

6.) “Under the Dome, or Weather Forecast (continued)” („Pod kloszem, czyli prognoza pogody - kontynuacja”) – a teaching aid co-produced with Trans Marketing Sp. z o.o.

·     “Under the Dome...” is a teaching aid recommended by the Ministry of National Education, suggested for use in general and environmental education, as well as teaching geography in secondary schools.

·    The multimedia teaching aid consists of a teacher guide with 3 DVDs that contain, among other materials, 12 episodes of the TV series “Under the Dome, or Weather Forecast.” The aid touches upon important issues related to modern environmental threats, with the focus on anthropogenic climate change and its effects on the environment and the way it is managed.

 

7.) www.zmianyklimatu.pl – an educational website co-created with Virtual Production, aiming to promote the subject of climate change, particularly global warming.

·    The website means to provide readers with information on climate change and global warming, underlining the role of the UN Convention on Climate Change in setting up a global coalition for environmental protection. The site is targeted towards students, geography teachers, and educators from non-governmental organizations and local governments. The goal is to instill responsibility for the environment in young people.

 

8.) Courses on sustainable development, including the subject of climate change, for teachers and educators – with the Association of Economic and Social Development "Wiedza"

·     The courses were aimed at secondary school geography teachers, educators representing non-governmental organizations, and other people working in formal education. They were meant to spread the knowledge of issues related to climate change and encourage attitudes aiding sustainable development and environmental protection.

·     The topics of the courses included: scientific foundations of global warming, possible ways of implementing climate change in class, possible results of climate change, and a presentation of most important actions that an individual may undertake to diminish the threat of global warming.

·     “Climate, Nature, Man. Global Warming – a Challenge for the 21st Century Societies” (”Klimat – przyroda – człowiek. Globalne ocieplenie – wyzwanie dla społeczeństw XXI stulecia”), a teaching aid by Witold Lenart, Ph.D., helps the teachers who attended the courses to pass their newly acquired knowledge on to their students. The aid includes  theory, practical advice, and lesson plans.

 

9.) Courses for representatives of the Chambers of Agriculture, environmental advisors, Agricultural Advisory Centers, and educators on sustainable development, including climate change and global warming, made with Linust Media Group

·     The courses were meant to provide people working in agriculture with information on climate change and global warming, as well as the socioeconomic implications these processes will have on the farming industry. The other goal is raising environmental responsibility among agricultural producers and encouraging them to adapt to the changes caused by climate change.

 

·     The courses are devoted to social, economic and natural consequences of global warming and climate change. The courses use the cascade training system: members of carefully chosen groups of the first series of courses go on to teach next groups.

 

Courses for representatives of the Chambers of Agriculture

 

      

 

 

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