È con grande piacere che la nostra scuola è entrata a far parte del network globale Climate Action Schools che connette, nell’ambito di un progetto speciale sostenuto dall’organizzazione Take Action Global (TAG), insegnanti e studenti – dai 5 ai 18 anni – nello studio delle cause del cambiamento climatico, stimolando riflessioni e possibili soluzioni.

Un’occasione preziosa, in sintonia con gli obiettivi promossi dall’Agenda 2030, grazie alla quale, nell’arco di dieci mesi, i nostri studenti e quelli di altre parti del mondo potranno confrontarsi e portare avanti azioni concrete.

«L’educazione sui temi relativi al clima è un punto cruciale – afferma l’insegnante Amy Bivin, Climate Action School Leader – ed è necessario sensibilizzare le nuove generazioni sulla grave crisi climatica, incoraggiandole ad essere proattive».
Un altro passo significativo verso una maggiore consapevolezza, nel principio che, da sempre, ispira la nostra comunità. Nell’andare oltre l’apprendimento, alla ricerca autentica di un significato.

Di seguito riportiamo maggiori dettagli sul progetto (articolo a cura della docente Amy Alison Bivin, Climate Action School Leader):

Istituto Marymount is delighted to join the Climate Action Schools community. Climate Action Schools is a new global network that connects educators and students ages 5-18 to explore the causes and effects of climate change, develop solutions, and take action together through a special program created by Take Action Global (TAG). 

Take Action Global is a leading nonprofit organization committed to climate action education and equitable educational learning opportunities for global educators and K-12 students. TAG supports the United Nations’ Agenda for 2030 with the 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) with specific focus on SDG 4: Quality Education, SDG 13: Climate Action, and SDG 17: Partnerships for the Goals. During the past six years, TAG has served over 3.4 million students and educators from 149 countries through online learning programs. TAG has established partnerships with international experts and world leaders, including the UN, NASA, LEGO, Cartoon Network, and the Jane Goodall Institute, and 20 Ministries of Education. TAG is a co-author of the Climate Literacy Petition on Earth Day 2022 with the Earth Day Organization and Fridays for the Future

Young people worldwide are witnessing climate change and want to take action. They understand the power of collective action and of the integral role that they play in creating change at a global-level. There is an urgent need to provide more opportunities for students from diverse backgrounds to come together in cross-cultural exchange for dialogue, shared experience, and action. Climate Action Schools seeks to meet this need. 

«Climate education has an important role to tackle climate change on a global scale. It informs students, takes away climate anxiety, and brings important skills to a classroom including empathy, creativity, and problem-solving. Climate Action Schools will allow teachers to be trained and students to showcase their efforts on a global scale» shares program co-founder, Koen Timmers.

Istituto Marymount is a Catholic bilingual school welcoming students from preschool age through high school. They aim to implement the foundations of the Religious of the Sacred Heart of Mary and implement instruction with Christian values. They welcome students from different religions, cultures, languages and social growth. They are dedicated to developing each student‘s potential to allow them to face challenges in a constantly changing world.

«Climate education is crucial and I think it is urgent we teach our students about the serious climate crisis that is evolving and encourage them to be proactive, said Amy Bivin, Climate Action School Leader. I am thrilled that Istituto Marymount is dedicated to being a forerunner in Climate Education in Italy and the world. The best way to make changes to help our planet is by empowering students to be sensitive to world issues and be global agents for change. It is our job as educators to be their compass on this journey. I am proud to be part of such an innovative school with a commitment that provides more than learning – they give meaning!».

Istituto Marymount will take action during this 10-month, school-wide climate education learning experience that will include educator certifications and an online Community of Practice, interdisciplinary resources, guided schoolwide data collection, school-to-school global virtual exchanges, and a student-led schoolwide climate project. 

A third grade student, M.B. said “Our planet is sad and angry and is taking revenge on the humans who destroyed it. We need to work together to make small changes and make earth a better place because we deserve a healthy planet.”

As a founding Climate Action School, Istituto Marymount continues to incorporate global issues and objectives into their interdisciplinary curriculum school-wide. Consequently, they set the foundation for their educators to be the guide for students to experience and discover their roles in becoming changemakers and climate champions in their local communities and in the world.

In September the United Nations held a “Transforming Education Summit”. There is an urgent need to transform education globally in order to reach the goals of the 2030 Agenda and the Paris Agreement on Climate Change. UN Secretary-General, Antònio Guterres commented that we must “refocus our efforts” to meet the commitments under the 2030 Agenda and the Paris Agreement on climate change.  

He also described the Summit of the Future and the next SDG Summit in 2023 as “twin summits”.  The two high-level events share a common objective of “creating conditions for a sustainable, equitable and inclusive future,” Guterres stated. The “twin summits” are “our last, best chance to deliver on… a multilateral system that manages and solves global challenges in a timely, effective and fair way,” the Secretary-General underscored.

Guterres described the “Common Agenda” as a “booster shot” for the SDGs and identified four broad categories. One of these objectives is: a focus on  the future with steps to enhance youth engagement and to take future generations into account in policy decisions. Inevitably Climate Education will become part of the educational curriculum worldwide for all ages.

Marymount is ahead of the game by empowering our youth to be proactive in order to become changemakers!