Global Green School Sustainability Programs
Glocal Changemakers Program
This Program is a platform to empower young changemakers who can—and want to—lead us towards a better future.
Dr. Mirei Takashima Claremon
Climate change, biodiversity loss, the ongoing global pandemic, rising inequality and food insecurity. Are these completely separate issues or are they interconnected in some way? How do individual and organizational choices and behaviors either exacerbate or help solve the most pressing issues?
In a time of much confusion, chaos, and tension, the Glocal Changemakers Program is designed to empower students in underserved communities so that they can confidently take on the complex challenges we face today. As the name “Glocal” implies, the program prepares students to tackle both local and global issues that are often intertwined.
Students will learn about the interconnectedness of various issues, and how to tackle them. They will learn about how none of these issues can be solved if we don’t understand human psychology and behavior. They will learn about why we need to listen to and address the needs of all stakeholders, not just those with power and privilege. Most importantly, students will walk away with a firm understanding of how to think critically—with compassion and empathy—and why their individual actions and behaviors matter.
The young generation is hungry for change. They want to be part of the solution and are looking for
opportunities to influence the future—not simply accept the world they were born into.
What is Behavioral Sustainability?
Behavioral Sustainability is a people-focused movement based on insights from behavioral psychology and cross-cultural perspectives. It is a more holistic way of looking at and tackling the biggest challenges we face today.
What’s sustainable for the environment is more sustainable for us and vice versa because our planet functions as a single ecosystem. And because the natural environment, our economy, and society do not exist separately. That’s why we need to look at issues more holistically.
The goal of the Behavioral Sustainability movement is to change people’s mindset and help them realize that they can make a positive difference in the world.
CHANGE Perspectives & Mindsets
- How can we think and see the world differently?
- How can we think about and approach challenges differently
EMPOWER through Knowledge & Awareness
- How can we be a force for change?
- How can we make a meaningful impact on our community and the world?
Behavioral Sustainability helps us understand:
Why sustainability matters to all of us ; The interconnectedness of issues ; Why we need to understand human psychology and behavior to solve issues ; How to effectively communicate with others and inspire change ; That every individual can make a difference if we act together
Why Global Green Schools?
Schools ought to be microcosms of the ideals that we would like to see in the world. In a world where the encouragement of pro-social and pro-environmental behaviors are some of our biggest concerns, our schools should provide environments where values and habits that we want to see mirrored in our communities and the world at large can be developed. It has become clear that the earlier a child is exposed to certain habits and ways of being, the more likely it is that these behaviors will continue into adulthood.
Global Green takes a multifaceted approach to help schools become models of sustainable systems:
- Energy reducing strategies
- Water reducing strategies
- Healthy buildings
- Zero waste policies
- Recycling programs
- Carbon sequestration programs
- Biodiversity programs
1. Workshops with educators
2. Development of education programs based on the curriculum
3. Policy development
4. Physical assessment and development of school systems including:
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