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Less waste: When we can learn from children

A project that involves communities in Ticino and Lombardy, aimed at achieving greater awareness about waste. With a focus on schools

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Project Rifiutili Insubrici
Period 2010-2013
Sector Educating for sustainability
Area Europe
Countries Italy and Switzerland
Status Closed
Partners Province of Varese | University of Insubria | Azienda Cantonale dei Rifiuti, Canton of Ticino, Switzerland
Financing body Interregional, cross-border cooperation programme Italy-Switzerland 2007-2013 Le opportunità non hanno confini [“Opportunities have no borders”] | Province of Varese
Internet sitewww.modusriciclandi.info

Can we learn everything there is to know about waste in a creative, fun way?
Oikos has helped to create a real journey in search of things that we can all do to produce less rubbish, protect the environment and reduce our impact on the planet.

Rifiutili Insubrici is one of three elements in an educational programme that crosses boundaries, a Modus Riciclandi initiative called Rifiuti, nuovi percorsi di responsabilità transfrontaliera [“Waste: new paths of cross-border responsibility”]: an occasion to create awareness about waste and recycling, based on a collaboration between the Italian Province of Varese (as project leader) and the Swiss canton of Ticino.

The impact of our everyday actions

Examining the advantages of correct recycling; discovering the opportunities to transform waste into new resources. For the young students, this is a path that begins with awareness and leads towards virtuous behaviour: we promote responsible actions that contribute to a positive change in our own lifestyles.

We will begin with children and young people and spread a culture of sustainability to the entire population by encouraging responsible consumption behaviour at home and at school.
These sustainability education activities are organised for schools of all ages in Varese and the Swiss canton of Ticino.

Teachers and pupils as an example to all

Rifiutili Insubrici will also create a network between all the schools that have focused on and intend to focus on environmental sustainability, by working on the concept of “green schools”: the school itself becomes the subject that sets a good example in the field of environmental sustainability.

We will create a work group with teachers active in these areas, and will educate others. We will attempt to increase the awareness of students and involve them with practical courses, as closely integrated as possible with the Teaching Programmes: creative workshops, learning kits, interactive games, a touring exhibition.

Schools helping schools

A final part of our work will include organising public events that can involve everyone. The website www.modusriciclandi.info will also be a valuable tool for supplying information to the general public.

What is the general aim?
To create mutual support between the many schools that want to address these issues but find it increasingly difficult to find the resources (staff and finances) needed to keep a service that teaches environmental sustainability operational: a vital factor for achieving educational and sustainable development goals.

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BONIFICO BANCARIO:
intestato a Istituto Oikos Onlus
Banca Popolare di Sondrio, ag. 1 - via Porpora 104, Milano 20131
IBAN IT80R0569601602000006906X78

CONTO CORRENTE POSTALE:
c/c 61923629
intestato a Istituto Oikos