Eco-Competences

Eco-Facilitators online platform

In 2019, Szatyor Association along 3 other partners (Ata (Ro), Medra (S), Tandem (SK) created a web platform for educators both from the formal and non-formal education field to foster ecological approach in their every-day work. This platform is a great outcome of a former KA2 Strategic Partnership. 

Facilitation aims to support a group of individuals in achieving commonly agreed goals in a process or even in a meeting. The same as the bed provides the path for a river, we imagine facilitation as providing the frame for a group flow. It holds the stream securely and at the same time, it gives the freedom and rhythm. How does the ecological approach appear here? We believe that the pure fact that we work with people and groups gives us the opportunity to integrate the approach of ecologically conscious state. We, humans, have increasingly different feelings connected to the mindset of getting isolated not only from our surrounding nature, but also from each other. We are losing the 'oneness' with and within our nature. This loss causes disturbance and discomfort, though we all know that this is not the desired direction. Ecofacilitators are not only facilitators, trainers, educators, but also those who understand and take the lead in bringing the ecological approach in their everyday work with people. We never know who will be the next one to start thinking about and acting towards a more sustainable World!

Do you want to involve ecological approach h in your trainings, teachings? Have you been a great practitioner of environmental approaches on the educational field, but want to get some inspiration? You can search among over 100 activity descriptions, copy any freely and add, if you have a good one!

Web: ecofacilitators.org

 


Germany

The German federal government adopted its resource efficiency programme - termed a “master plan for sustainable growth” by the then environment minister Norbert Röttgen - in 2012. The aim of the programme is to progressively decouple resource use from economic growth and to make a major step in the direction of a sustainable society.

Dubbed ProgRess, the programme aims to minimise negative environmental impacts while securing economic growth and increases in productivity. Through ProgRess, the federal government also wants to take responsibility for the global environmental and social costs arising from Germany's use of natural resources.

Relevant information centres already exist. In cooperation with the Federal Environment Ministry, the VDI Centre for Resource Efficiency, for example, offers consultations and technical expertise to help companies become more resource efficient. The average company can achieve at least a 20 percent resource efficiency saving, the VDI says on its website.

A longer-term objective of ProgRess is the implementation and further development of the government's raw materials strategy It is a win-win situation: the benefits should be more jobs and a strengthening of Germany's international competitive position, in addition to the sustainability benefits.

The Federal Environment Ministry is prioritising the programme. Extra motivation comes from the emphasis placed on resource efficiency by the European Commission. Creating a resource-efficient Europe is one of the flagship initiatives of the Europe 2020 strategy. With ProgRess, Germany is one of the first countries to develop a concrete programme.

ProgRess considers the entire resource value chain: it is about securing a sustainable supply of raw materials, increasing resource efficiency in production and building a resource-efficient recycling economy.


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