Sustainable life and education
Our climate - our challenge
There can be no doubt that climate change is one of the biggest issues of our time. At our schools we firmly believe in never burying our heads in the sand. We have to face up to the challenges, not only for the sake of future generations, but for those who are already living with the consequences today.
These problems will not just go away, and we cannot sit around and wait for politicians and other people in power to do something - we have to take action together with everyone around us. We need to take practical actions in our own daily lives, political actions in the streets and on the internet and practical actions shoulder to shoulder with The Poor, who are hardest hit.
Studies about climate change and sustainability are part of the curriculum at all schools and in all programmes. It is only through these studies and discussions that we can get a full understanding of the challenges we are facing. Thereby we also get an understanding of what can actually be done - and that is really the important part.
40 years ago a group of people decided to build the world's biggest windmill at Tvind in Denmark. They put their savings together and started the work. Many people told them it was a crazy idea. That it was "Impossible." or "Could not be done", and certainly not by amateurs with no background in construction or engineering.
But, it WAS done, and that windmill is still standing, producing green electricity for the school centre in Tvind. It has had a massive impact on the whole debate about sustainable energy, and you now see windmills everywhere. It is no longer the world's biggest windmill, but it is an amazing monument to the fact that when you get together and share your resources, you CAN influence the way history goes.
Building a windmill is, of course, a big task, but there are many smaller things we do in daily life at the schools which help with climate change. In our garden farms we produce fresh, poison free food. We recycle and promote it wherever we go. We work together with environmental organisations and take part in some of their actions.
We are in the process of building up climate centres at our schools, where people can come and learn about the consequences of climate change and how they can take action. This part is really the key - we need to be many more to take action.
Many Development Instructors are volunteering at environmental projects during their service period with Humana People to People. Floods, droughts and hurricanes are causing disaster for people, who are already in a desperate situation, and the issue of climate refugees is undoubtedly going to become bigger over the coming years.
The Development Instructors work shoulder to shoulder with The Poor to plant trees, improve farming methods, construct safe water supplies and many other projects.