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Promoting Climate Action through Education for Sustainable Development in Learning Institutions

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Case Study presentation: Promoting Climate Action through Education for Sustainable Development in Learning Institutions
Georgina Resiato Minis (NEMA) & Mr. Dennis Onyancha, RCE North Rift
11th Global RCE Conference
7-9 December, 2018
Cebu, the Philippines

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Promoting Climate Action through Education for Sustainable Development in Learning Institutions

  1. 1. 11th Global RCE Conference CEBU, Philippines Presented by Georgina Resiato Minis: National Environment Management Authority (NEMA) & Onyancha Mogoi Dennis, RCE North Rift Youth Coordinator Promoting climate action through Education for Sustainable Development in learning institutions; SDG 13
  2. 2. Promoting climate action through Education for Sustainable Development in learning institutions; SDG 13 According to UNESCO, “Education for Sustainable Development empowers learners to take informed decisions and responsible actions for environmental integrity, economic viability and a just society, for present and future generations, while respecting cultural diversity.” SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT GOAL 13: Take urgent action to combat climate change and its impacts Elements of Education for Sustainable Development 1. Learning outcomes: Creating change makers, rather than passive consumers 2. Learning content: Investigating topics from an interdisciplinary perspective 3. Pedagogy: Interactive, learner-centred and action-oriented (+ fun)
  3. 3. Creating change makers, rather than passive consumers How it works: 1 Interschool environmental awareness competition. Schools are given a theme on environment and prepare songs, skits poems and innovations to showcase that promote environmental conservation, Monitoring and evaluation is undertaken with multi- stakeholders involvement from the Ministry of Education, Department of Health, the Private sector and willing individuals and institutions 2 Participating in community cleanups and tree planting: between the months of January to November before the commencement of National Exams and exemptions during exam periods, the learning institutions are encouraged to send the students to represent their institutions in the cleanups and tree planting targeting the community 3 Showcase of innovations and exhibitions: young people and students are given a chance to showcase their innovative ideas to the community through diffident platforms organized by the County and National Government
  4. 4. Investigating topics from an interdisciplinary perspective The Kenya Water Towers Agency is a State Corporation under the Ministry of Environment and Natural Resources. It was established in 2012 vide Kenya Gazette Supplement No: 27, Legal Notice no: 27 on 20th April, 2012. The Government recognized the threat to Mau and other Water Towers in 2008 formed a Task Force on the conservation of the Mau Forests Complex which included KFS, KWS, WRMA and key Ministries. The Taskforce’s responsibility was to study and make recommendations on the immediate, short- and long-term options for restoring the entire Mau Forest Complex and other water towers for the present and future generations. KWTA has taken an integrated ecosystem approach bringing on board institutions, communities, development partners and all relevant stakeholders. At the time of gazettement of KWTA, the mandate of the Agency was mainly over 18 water towers namely; Aberdares Range, Cherangani Hills, Chulyu Hills, Huri Hills, Kirisia Hills, Loita Hills, Marmanet Forest, Mathews Range, Mau Forest Complex, Mount Elgon, Mount Kenya, Mount Kipipiri, Mount Kulal, Mount Marsabit, Mount Njiru, Ndotos, Nyambene Hills, and Shimba Hills. 1. Kenya Water Tower Agency rehabilitation
  5. 5. Investigating topics from an interdisciplinary perspective 2. River Sosiani Rehabilitation Program The Ministry of Environment embarked on a project to clean-up and restore all urban rivers in the country. most urban centres in the country have been expanding without proper environmental planning, expansion of the towns’ infrastructure in terms of urban services, had not matched the growth of their populations. the Uasin Gishu County after officially commissioned the programme, with Sosiani river in the heart of Eldoret Town, before moving to other urban centres. Governor Jackson Mandago has established a joint committee to oversee the rehabilitation of the river. Mr Mandago urged all stakeholders in the region to support the initiative and called on residents with premises near the river, to start vacating to pave the way for its conservation.
  6. 6. Mazingira na Miti Project, . Mazingira na Miti Project promotes a science-based solutions Approach to solving many of our local and global challenges in managing the natural resources that support life. These science frontiers Seeks to identify the most promising opportunities in the next decade that helps to solve the challenge in waste Management and promote Environmental Health, Soil and Water Conservation through Application of Technology, Use of Volunteer Manpower, and young People as Agents of Positive Change and Custodians of the Environment The following strategies will be exploited to address the problem of environmental degradation: 1. Encourage use of alternative sources of energy (Solar and Wind) to protect forests from destruction; 2. Promote environmental clubs for the youth; 3. Strengthen the involvement of the youth in environmental conservation programs, especially representation in committees at all levels. 4. Establish linkages between environmental committees at county and sub county level with environmental clubs in schools; 5. Improve access to information at the local level by setting up resource centers, providing vocational training and disseminating environmental research work.
  7. 7. E waste Collection competition Schools are encouraged to educate the pupils on dangers of e waste and set up collection point in schools. Weigh the waste and reward the pupils How it works: 2 Simple management regulations 3 Examples of e waste
  8. 8. Green Clubs Mentorship program • Green clubs program is an environmental program that was designed by RCE North Rift and CHES Africa as a means of conserving our environment with particular emphasis to schools. This seeks to mitigate some of the challenges that secondary schools face such as lack of specially trained teachers on environmental matters and the requirement of efficient teachers and students to change the methods of imparting environmental concepts. 1 Select the school with interest in Environmental conservation 2 Each school to identify and recruit green club members, students and or teachers, elect office bearers, develop weekly work plans 3 Members of the Green club, participate in different Environment cleanups, tree planting, competitions and learning/ field/ exchange activities
  9. 9. Why Learners In promoting Climate Action The year 2017 was one of the three warmest on record and was 1.1 degrees Celsius above the pre-industrial period. An analysis by the World Meteorological Organization shows that the five-year average global temperature from 2013 to 2017 was also the highest on record. The world continues to experience rising sea levels, extreme weather conditions (the North Atlantic hurricane season was the costliest ever recorded) and increasing concentrations of greenhouse gases. This calls for urgent and accelerated action by countries as they implement their commitments to the Paris Agreement on Climate Change. As of 9 April 2018, 175 Parties had ratified the Paris Agreement and 168 Parties (167 countries plus the European Commission) had communicated their first nationally determined contributions to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change Secretariat. In addition, as of 9 April 2018, 10 developing countries had successfully completed and submitted the first iteration of their national adaptation plans for responding to climate change. Developed country Parties continue to make progress towards the goal of jointly mobilizing $100 billion annually by 2020 to address the needs of developing countries in the context of meaningful mitigation actions.
  10. 10. Climate action; through Education for Sustainable development There is no country in the world that is not seeing first-hand the drastic effects of climate change. Greenhouse gas emissions continue to rise, and are now more than 50 percent higher than their 1990 level. Further, global warming is causing long-lasting changes to our climate system, which threatens irreversible consequences if we do not take action now. The annual average losses from just earthquakes, tsunamis, tropical cyclones and flooding count in the hundreds of billions of dollars, requiring an investment of US$ 6 billion annually in disaster risk management alone. The goal aims to mobilize $100 billion annually by 2020 to address the needs of developing countries and help mitigate climate-related disasters. Strengthening the resilience and adaptive capacity of more vulnerable regions, such as land locked countries and island states, must go hand in hand with efforts to raise awareness and integrate measures into national policies and strategies. It is still possible, with the political will and a wide array of technological measures, to limit the increase in global mean temperature to two degrees Celsius above pre-industrial levels. This requires urgent collective action
  11. 11. Actions to combat climate change 1. Reduce emissions Use your car less, whenever possible, instead use sustainable transportation, such as bicycling, or use public transportation more often. In the case of long-distance travel, trains are more sustainable than airplanes, which cause a great deal of the CO2 emitted into the atmosphere. If you're into cars, remember that every kilometer that you increase your speed will considerably increase CO2 emissions and expenses. According to the CE, each liter of fuel that your car uses, equals 2.5 kilos of CO2 emitted into the atmosphere. 2. Save energy Take a look at the labels on your appliances, and never leave them on standby. Always adjust the thermostat for heating and air conditioning. By being careful how we use home appliances, we can save energy and, of course, money at the end of the month 3. Put the 3 R's of sustainability into practice - Reduce: consume less, more efficiently. - Reuse: take advantage of second-hand markets, to give new life to items that you don't use anymore or find something that someone else has gotten rid of that you need. You'll be saving money and reducing your consumption. Bartering is also a practical solution. - Recycle: packaging, waste from electronics, etc. Did you know that you can save over 730 kilos of CO2 each year just by recycling half of the garbage produced at home?
  12. 12. Actions to combat climate change 4. What about your diet? Eat low-carbon A low-carbon diet results in smarter consumption: - Reduce your meat consumption (livestock is one of the biggest contaminators of the atmosphere) and increase your consumption of fruits and vegetables. - Eat food that is local and in season: read the label and eat food that is produced in the area, avoid imports which create more emissions due to transportation. Also, eat seasonal items, to avoid less sustainable production methods. - Avoid excessive packaging and processed foods as much as possible. 5. Act against forest loss - As far as possible, avoid anything that may be a fire hazard. - If you want to buy wood, choose wood with a certification or seal showing its sustainable origin. - Plant a tree! Throughout its life, it can absorb up to a ton of CO2. 6. Make demands from the government Demand that they take measures toward a more sustainable life, any way that you can: promote renewable energy, regulatory measures such as properly labelling products (fishing method used, labels that specify product origins, whether or not they are transgenic, etc.), promote more sustainable public transportation, promote the use of bicycles and other non-polluting transportation methods in the city, correctly manage waste through recycling/reuse, etc....
  13. 13. conclusion Climate Change Education (CCE) is grounded in the holistic approach of Education for Sustainable Development (ESD) which incorporates key sustainable development issues such as climate change, disaster risk reduction and others into education, in a way that addresses the interdependence of environmental sustainability, economic viability and social justice. It promotes participatory teaching and learning methods that motivate and empower learners to change their behavior and take action for sustainable development
  14. 14. RCE Kenya Coordinators conference, Nairobi
  15. 15. Climate Action Marathon, Eldoret City Marathon
  16. 16. Chebara Dam Annual Conservation Run

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