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European Network for Environmental Citizenship
Newsletter No3 - SEPTEMBER 2020.

This is the Newsletter of the European Network for Environmental Citizenship Cost Action ENEC CA16229.

4th European Joint Meeting of ENEC Malaga, Spain.

The 4th European Joint Meeting of the European Network for Environmental Citizenship (ENEC) Cost Action CA16229 entitled “International Researchers of the Education for Environmental Citizenship (iREEC 2019)” was successfully took place from the 7-8 November 2019. The Meeting and the International Conference took place in the city of Malaga at the University of Malaga and in the city of Antequera.
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Academics, researchers and scholars from 39 countries participated.

Defining "Environmental Citizenship"

 

“Environmental Citizenship”  is defined as the responsible pro-environmental behaviour of citizens who act and participate in society as agents of change in the private and public sphere, on a local, national and global scale, through individual and collective actions, in the direction of solving contemporary environmental problems, preventing the creation of new environmental problems, achieving sustainability as well as developing a healthy relationship with nature. “Environmental Citizenship” includes the exercise of environmental rights and duties, as well as the identification of the underlying structural causes of environmental degradation and environmental problems, the development of the willingness and the competences for critical and active engagement and civic participation to address those structural causes, acting individually and collectively within democratic means, and taking into account inter- and intra-generational justice (ENEC 2018).
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Defining “Education for Environmental Citizenship”

 

“Education for Environmental Citizenship”  (EEC) is defined as the type of education which cultivates a coherent and adequate body of knowledge as well as the necessary skills, values, attitudes and competences that an environmental citizen should be equipped with in order to be able to act and participate in society as an agent of change in the private and public sphere, on a local, national and global scale, through individual and collective actions, in the direction of solving contemporary environmental problems, preventing the creation of new environmental problems, in achieving sustainability as well as developing a healthy relationship with nature. “Education for Environmental Citizenship” (EEC) is important to empower citizens to exercise their environmental rights and duties, as well as to identify the underlying structural causes of environmental degradation and environmental problems, develop the willingness and the competences for critical and active engagement and civic participation to address those structural causes, acting individually and collectively within democratic means and taking into account the inter- and intra-generational justice (ENEC 2018).
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Defining "Environmental Citizen"

 

“Environmental Citizen” is defined as the citizen who has a coherent and adequate body of knowledge as well as the necessary skills, values, attitudes and competences in order to be able to act and participate in society as an agent of change in the private and public sphere, on a local, national and global scale, through individual and collective actions, in the direction of solving contemporary environmental problems, preventing the creation of new environmental problems, in achieving sustainability as well as developing a healthy relationship with nature. “Environmental Citizen” is the citizen who exercises his/her environmental rights and duties, is able to identify the underlying structural causes of environmental degradation and environmental problems, and has the willingness and the competences for critical and active engagement and civic participation to address those structural causes, acting individually and collectively within democratic means and taking into account inter- and intra-generational justice (ENEC 2018).

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iREEC 2019
1st International Conference of International Researchers of the Education for Environmental Citizenship 2019

 

The iREEC 2019 is an international conference in which original research papers, theoretical papers and reports from throughout the world dealing with the Education for Environmental Citizenship in all levels (pre-primary, primary, lower-secondary, upper-secondary, tertiary, higher education) and all settings-formalities (formal, non-formal, informal education) can be presented. The purpose of the iREEC 2019 is to contribute advance understanding of environmental and sustainability education through a focus on research works examining and promoting environmental citizenship through education. Multidisciplinary research and approaches combining environmental education, sustainability education, science education and citizenship education are also accepted. More than 130 academics, researchers and scholars from 39 countries participated in iREEC2019.

Read more in iREEC 2019 website                        
iREEC 2019 Book of Abstracts

 

Springer Book: Conceptualizing Environmental Citizenship for 21st Century Education

Andreas Ch. Hadjichambis, Pedro Reis, Demetra Paraskeva-Hadjichambi, Jan Činčera, Jelle Boeve-de Pauw, Niklas Gericke, Marie-Christine Knippels

This open access book is about the development of a common understanding of environmental citizenship. It conceptualizes and frames environmental citizenship taking an educational perspective. Organized in four complementary parts, the book first explains the political, economic and societal dimensions of the concept. Next, it examines environmental citizenship as a psychological concept with a specific focus on knowledge, values, beliefs and attitudes. It then explores environmental citizenship within the context of environmental education and education for sustainability. It elaborates responsible environmental behaviour, youth activism and education for sustainability through the lens of environmental citizenship. Finally, it discusses the concept within the context of different educational levels, such as primary and secondary education in formal and non-formal settings.

Environmental citizenship is a key factor in sustainability, green and cycle economy, and low-carbon society, and an important aspect in addressing global environmental problems. It has been an influential concept in many different arenas such as economy, policy, philosophy, and organizational marketing. In the field of education, the concept could be better exploited and established, however. Education and, especially, environmental discourses in science education have a great deal to contribute to the adoption and promotion of environmental citizenship.

 

Hadjichambis, A.Ch., Reis, P., Paraskeva-Hadjichambi, D., Činčera, J., Boeve-de Pauw, J., Gericke, N., Knippels, M.C. (Eds.) (2020). Conceptualizing Environmental Citizenship for 21st Century Education, Environmental Discourses in Science Education 4. Springer, Cham. 


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ENEC Cost Action Report:
European SWOT Analysis on
Education for Environmental Citizenship

This report examines the Strengths, Weaknesses, Opportunities and Threats of Education for Environmental Citizenship in Europe. In the first part of the report, the need for Education for Environmental Citizenship, is examined along with the methodology and results of an extensive research from more than 157 experts in 28 European countries and Israel. In the second part of the report, the country chapters for the 23 European countries and Israel emphasise the similarities, differences and special features of these case studies.

This e-book is referenced as below:
Hadjichambis, A. Ch., Reis, P. & Paraskeva-Hadjichambi D. (Eds.). (2019). European SWOT Analysis on Education for Environmental Citizenship. Lisbon: Intitute of Education — University of Lisbon, Cyprus Centre for Environmental Research and Education & European Network for Environmental Citizenship — ENEC Cost Action


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Education for Environmental Citizenship in Focus

The contemporary environmental crisis with climate change, biodiversity loss, air pollution and all other local and global environmental problems demand an education that is capable of empowering environmental citizens. Education plays a key role in shaping future environmental citizens. The Education for Environmental Citizenship (EEC) pedagogical approach is a proposal that points in this direction. The Education for Environmental Citizenship pedagogical approach recommends specific elements as stages and steps, but it is not mandatory to follow all of them, or to apply them in a particular linear order. Depending on the environmental problem under study, the level of education (e.g., primary or secondary) and the educational settings (e.g. formal or non-formal), the necessary differentiations and amendments can be made.

A booklet for teachers with practical ideas for implementation of Education for Environmental Citizenship

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