May 26, 2009
Energy education programme for primary and secondary school pupils.
Summary of the case
The Climate Watch programme was designed, initiated and implemented by the National Society of Conservationists (NSC) in Hungary. The organisation is the local member of Friends of the Earth.
NSC is a not-for-profit and non-governmental organisation that was established in 1989 with the overall objective to “protect nature as a whole and to promote the implementation of sustainable development” . NSC works closely with its members, both organisations and individuals. Addi-tionally, it also works with researchers (e.g. the Hungarian Academy of Sciences - its former president is the honorary president of NSC), policy makers, primary and secondary schools, all kinds of community groups as well as other NGOs that are not its members. Its individual mem-bers and numerous volunteers also contribute to the success of its activities.
The aim of the Climate Watch project was to increase the knowledge of primary and secondary school pupils on energy efficiency and energy saving. Thus, with the involvement of its local member associations as well as the media, NSC aimed at reaching and involving schools. The project was started in September/October 2007 and was very successful as 52 school teams in-cluding teachers and more than 200 students registered to participate, and then completed the programme. School groups received information (in the form of a booklet) on the basis of which they observed and evaluated energy use in their schools, and came up with suggestions and pro-posals to make it more efficient. Best efforts were awarded at a public ceremony held in the Natu-ral History Museum in Budapest at the end of the project (held on the day of the 3rd anniversary of the Kyoto Protocol entering into force). The project was a follow-up of a pilot project imple-mented in the 2006/2007 academic year, and is also going to be continued in 2008 (starting in the autumn) and will be focusing more clearly on behaviour change.