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The Project of a Movement of Schools for and in a Sustainable Development

2002, by Jean-Michel LEX

The text below is a short description of Brundtland green schools in Quebec, Canada. Another document presents the project with more details. It will be summarized and published in the coming issues of Polis network bulletin " Dialogues for EE ".

1) A double statement

1. The education system is very ill and, if there is no deeper transformation, the Environmental Education (EE), along with its close "partners" (development, citizenship and health), will remain occasional, partial and discreet.
When experiences are lead, using educational methods for environmental projects - even modest - the positive effects on the public clearly shows out (children, young and educators).
Could the duplication of educational actions and the use of active educational methods help the schools follow the path? That is the first bet of a movement of teachers and educators whose project is to help the school change progressively.

2. The second bet is to help our schools adhere to sustainable development, that is to say to transform them progressively in eco-structures, in tools where children and young people can daily experiment and feel directly the eco-consumption, a rational use of water, energy and resources, the respect of environment, of the life surroundings and a sustainable mobility.

2) The movement of Brundtland green schools in Quebec, Canada.

This movement was born at the initiative of the CEQ (Confederation of the Quebecois Teachers) in 1994. The movement wishes to spread out (and is based on) the principles of Sustainable Development (DD), notably the principle of intra- and inter-generational solidarity. " A green Brundtland school is a school that acts in favor of the" 6R" for SD, for a viable future and for a different society: to Reduce the resources consumption, to Reuse the goods, to Recycle the products, to Revalue our systems of values, to Restructure our economic systems and to Redistribute the resources ".
The participating schools enter a program that makes them act within an ecological, pacific and united spirit (three dimensions, three projects).
Some activities are compulsory, others are optional. It represents a real emulation tool for the school and those supported by a small team, with educational tools and, of course, it is piloted by the teachers union, which is a real luck.