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Editors' Introduction
The biosphere of our planet and our civilization are rapidly changing. Environmental pollution is one of the biggest challenges the world is facing today. Sustainable development in all areas of life is the only chance to preserve Earth for our descendants. People already know that everyone should take part in the Earth rescuing process, most of them just do not know how to do that or what steps to take. The education sector has a key role to play in addressing this challenge. Teaching and learning are crucial to inspire and educate citizens and equip them with the skills and knowledge to deal with these challenges. To achieve this, it is important to:

  • Make environmental education accessible to everyone.

  • Include the environmental perspective in programs that integrate people from differentsocial groups.

  • Involve people in the debate and discussion about the environment, so that we all take a partof responsibility.

  • Take advantage of, and develop, the therapeutic value of learning about and caring for theenvironment.

  • Exchange experience.

These facts lead us to create our project Green Education – Back to nature. The main idea of the project was to establish direct cooperation on the dissemination and communication of information related to education in the field of “green sciences approach” and to make green nature attractive and accessible to adult learners, especially to those from vulnerable groups, i.e. elderly people. We focused on four main topics, which have spread during the project:

  • Biodiversity, soil and perception

  • Healthy lifestyles and salubrious issues

  • Renewable energy

  • Climate changes

In 2013, we joined in the partnership of 6 European countries: Slovenia – as a coordinator, Poland, Turkey, Italy, Spain and the United Kingdom. The project should provide an international group of educators and adult learners whose task would consist in sharing their experience allowing them to gain new skills. Joint actions should enable our partnership to produce a wide range of educational resources. It was planned that each of the partners would develop five educational "green" programmes, which would be tested in practice, improved, and then disseminated within the e-book. This would aspire to be a tutorial for other people whose principal aim would be to discover the "green face" of our planet.
The project has also had a global scope by means of:
The contribution of 6 different countries has given us a common and a different perspectiveof contemporary alternative educational methods due to the huge geographical and culturalsituation.
Different experiences have enriched our common project since each partner has hadvaluable contributions in the different aspects to be considered: educative, environmentaland social.
The project has given us not only a deeper knowledge about environmental and naturaleducational scope across the Europe, but also a deeper understanding and knowledge of ourEuropean partners’ culture, reinforced intercultural dialogue and the awareness of commonEuropean identity.

Our common moto has been: ”You cannot appreciate something you do not know, you cannot love something you do not appreciate and you cannot preserve something you do not love.”
The project has been funded by European Commission within the Lifelong Learning Programme, sub-programme Grundtvig, action type Grundtvig Learning Partnerships.

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