For coastal areas, water quality, safety and access for all: the Blue Flag Programme, created by the Foundation for Environmental Education, represents a serious and profound commitment to both people and the environment. Central to the aims of the Blue Flag Programme is connecting the public with their surroundings and encouraging them to learn more about their environment. As such, environmental education activities must be offered and promoted in addition to a permanent display of information relevant to the site in terms of biodiversity, ecosystems and environmental phenomena.
In Serbia, the Environmental Ambassadors for Sustainable Development developped the InWASTEgate initiative, which consists of a theoretical lecture on waste management (basic for younger, advanced for older students) and practical “learning by doing” where the participants are divided into three groups: “in charge”, “investigators”, and “interested public”.
The “in charge” group collects all garbage produced that day in the classrooms, school kitchen or canteen (and everywhere else, if it is a summer camp) and then puts it on a large paper mat in the yard. They sort the waste into different groups and announce different categories out-loud.
Afterwards the “investigators” examine the types of waste produced, determine the behavior of the group according to the waste generated and investigate how they can improve their waste management.
In the meanwhile, the “interested public” is watching the process and taking notes. Later on, they discuss their observations about students’ behavior regarding the waste they produce (e.g. “Do we behave responsibly?”).
A teacher or camp supervisor than posts the findings on the board so they can be followed or/and discussed later.
Gloves, paper mats, different colored tee-shirts/badges for each group and a camera are used for this activity, which then can be promoted by schools or local media.
For more information :
- Environmental Ambassadors for Sustainable Development in Serbia
- Blue Flag Programme
- Foundation for Environmental Education
Environmental Ambassadors for Sustainable Development