Empower 50,000 Young Green Ambassadors in China

 
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Empower 50,000 Young Green Ambassadors in China

Empower 50,000 Young Green Ambassadors in China
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Our First Program in Guizhou

Our First Program in Guizhou
Our first GECKO program in Guizhou province - February 2008. We worked in three schools, for one week each, to test the content we had developed. What began with just a few powerpoint slides at that time has evolved into a full-curriculum program today, including our environmental footprint, clean energy, green career opportunities, and Chinese green heroes. (view small | med | large | orig)

Introducing Waste as a Resource

Introducing Waste as a Resource
We include hands-on activities in the program so students can use their creativity and learn about waste in a different way. They are encouraged to come up with concepts for crafts while learning how harmful plastic can be for the environment. We also provide a session for waste separation, challenging students to create their own garbage bins for paper, plastic and cans and setting up “green teams” to be responsible for emptying the bins and assuring that the waste gets properly taken away. (view small | med | large | orig)

Creating Green Corners in School Libraries

Creating Green Corners in School Libraries
We bring environmental books and magazines to every school that we go to. We encourage teachers to set up green corners in libraries so students can deepen their knowledge about environment. It is also a good way for rural students to practice and improve their English skills. (view small | med | large | orig)

Teaching about Carrying Capacity

Teaching about Carrying Capacity
Through games and hands-on activities, we show students how our society is taking natural resources faster than nature can replenish them. This photo, taken with students in Hubei province last year, depicts a game which has become very popular. The students play fishermen and learn how cooperation, rather than competition for natural resources, enables everyone to meet their needs and lets nature sufficiently recharge. (view small | med | large | orig)

Greennovate Train the Trainer Program

Greennovate Train the Trainer Program
This was the first group of uni. students we trained to deliver our GECKO Program and spend the summer working with schools in Qinghai province. They were so inspired by their impact that we've decided to expand this program in 2010. Watch a video created by a volunteer: http://v.youku.com/v_show/id_XMTM1NjE5MDg4.html Hana, student volunteer: "I learned a lot in Qinghai and I'm pondering my own ideas to do more for our environment and the kids suffering from poverty and a lack of education." (view small | med | large | orig)

Picking Up Litter in Villages

Picking Up Litter in Villages
We encourage students clean up their neighborhoods. They learn how much waste we create daily and that most of it ends up in landfills and on streets. We teach them the importance of waste separation and introduce waste management practices around the world. We began this activity in 2 Chinese cities dependent on eco-tourism, using our teaching methods to demonstrate that their prosperity comes from their beautiful surroundings and that they need to keep it this way. (view small | med | large | orig)

Discussing Energy Efficiency

Discussing Energy Efficiency
As part of our program, we discuss energy trends and our current situation, giving students the opportunity to do their own energy audit at home and win energy-saving bulbs as a small reward. The main goal is to let them understand where their energy comes from and how it impacts our lives, as well as to introduce the green career opportunities that lie ahead for them, with China's ambitious goals for increasing renewable energy usage. (view small | med | large | orig)

Parterning with Other Organizations

Parterning with Other Organizations
We are partnering with both local and international organizations to increase the number of trainers for our GECKO program. AIESEC in China (an international student organization) has been very active, as have several other local organizations. These partnerships are helping us to expand our GECKO program and reach our goal of 50,000 high school students in 2010. (view small | med | large | orig)

GECKO in Yunnan Province

GECKO in Yunnan Province
In July 2009, a small group of Shanghai university students formed a team to bring our GECKO program to high schools in Yunnan Province. Using environmental education materials provided to them by Greennovate, they raised awareness and hope among the local minority populations. (view small | med | large | orig)

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INA KUKOVIC

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Shanghai, Shanghai China

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