On November 28, 2017, the Regional Environmental Center for Central and Eastern Europe (REC) received a letter of award from the Italian Ministry for the Environment, Land and Sea (IMELS) to implement the CARE Toolkit project. The project process was initiated on December 1 and will run until November 30, 2018.
The proposed toolkit will be an innovative awareness-raising and educational multimedia resource, comprising materials that focus on climate change and its impacts on human society and the environment. It will support school education and public awareness raising to nurture citizens who can play a relevant and active role in practical implementation of climate adaptation and mitigation policies.
The CARE toolkit will build on the methodology, structure and results of the AirPack (the previous education toolkit developed by the REC team, ISPRA and IMELS), adding a section dedicated to climate change as a threat to indoor and outdoor air quality and human health. One of the goals achieved with the AirPack was to increase understanding of the basic principles of environment and health topics, and of their practical application and contribution to improved healthy conditions in schools for future generations.
The CARE Toolkit project is expected to achieve several results, including:
- an interactive resource toolkit on indoor and outdoor air quality and pollution health risks associated to climate change (CARE), including a variety of reference materials for use in the European region; the toolkit will be available online (hosted in the same web platform as the AirPAck, but will be a separate as the CARE Pack) in English, Italian, French and Arabic;
- testing of the English version of the toolkit with teachers, students, education and environmental health authorities;
- increased awareness of climate change among the target group;
- measurable improvement in terms of integration of environmental education and sustainable development in formal education curricula;
- increased preparedness for a changing climate through good-quality education;
- an improved holistic view, among the target group, of climate change mitigation and adaptation, and of how school communities can contribute to both; and
- established pilot models of educational materials on climate change that will be easily adaptable and used in other countries in the future.