The webinars focus on various crosscutting areas related to environmental and sustainability education. They intend to provide a meaningful opportunity to engage in a virtual environment, particularly for the online participants. They are scheduled for the second part of Congress as an alternative to the field sessions and excursions (17-18 March 2022). The webinars will be organized in a zoom environment, recorded, and available at the Congress online platform. Participants are supposed to register for their webinar in advance and receive the link for the Zoom meeting from the webinars’ leaders.
The European Research Council - Funding opportunities, application and evaluation process
Jana Šiftová, Charles University & European Research Council
Thursday, March 17, 9-10:30 A.M. (CET)
The webinar will introduce the European Research Council encouraging the highest quality research in Europe through competitive funding and supporting investigator-driven frontier research across all fields, based on scientific excellence. ERC funding schemes will be presented including their eligibility criteria, next the application and evaluation process will be explained. Useful tips on how to write your proposal and prepare your application will be offered. Successful projects in the field of environmental social science and environmental education will be promoted.
Birds can´t see glass – let´s help them
Gabriela Dobruská, Evžen Tošenovský, Lukáš Viktora, Czech Society for Ornitology
Thursday, March 17, 11 A.M. -12:30 P.M. (CET)
Bird collisions with glass became a global problem. Wordwide more than 1 billion birds are killed by crashing glass surface every year. Czech Society for Ornitology started a public campaign 5 years ago to eliminate the myth of one raptor silhouette and show proper and functional sollutions. School classes and volunteers made the first steps and secured glass bus stops and school windows. Safety building with glass is a huge challenge not only for project architects and municipalities, but for all of us. Common use of the raptor silhouette shows: we don´t want birds die at our windows, but don´t know how to solve this problem effectively.
Mainstreaming sustainability at the university
Veronika Šafránková, UNEP
Thursday, March 17, 2 P.M. -3:30 P. M. (CET)
A workshop to highlight the work and initiatives of UN Environment Programme in the field of higher education, including an introduction and closing from Veronika Šafránková, Head of UNEP Brussels Office, the presentation of a range of engagement opportunities in programmes around behaviour change on the campus, decarbonizing universities and creating Green jobs and skills, as well as Environmental Education. The workshop will showcase concrete case studies and achievements of higher education institutions from around the world.
Constructive journalism as a way of fair reporting about climate change
Gosia Luszczek, International Young Reporters for the Environment Director
Thursday, March 17, 4-5:30 PM (CET)
Are you overwhelmed with negative messages about climate change? How do they make you feel? Do you believe in the power of media? If yes, this session is for you. As noted in the Doha work programme on Article 6, media plays an important role in increasing public awareness on environmental issues and encouraging contributions and personal action in addressing the problem. However, the complexity and seriousness of e.g. climate change often lead to stories that evoke negative emotions including anxiety and hopelessness which discourage people from taking action. One way of dealing with this issue is through the use of Constructive Journalism. Within this term lies the idea that media stories should be solution-based and should provide audiences with a fair, accurate and contextualised picture of the world, instead of focusing on negative and conflict-based stories.
It is important to involve and educate people, particularly youth, in these issues and to increase their ability to create and critically reflect on stories related to Climate Change. Youth Leaders in particular have the opportunity to use media platforms to educate and influence others. Therefore, they should be aware of the power of their messages and understand how to report on climate change subjects in a constructive way in order to initiate positive changes and help build responsible communities. During that session, we will introduce you to the concept of constructive journalism. We will discuss opportunities for sharing stories to inspire others, presenting examples, planning and inspiring each other with ideas for positive stories.