Are you concerned about the global climate change that is reshaping our planet? Are you concerned about the trees being cut and oceans getting polluted? If these things trouble you, then you are the right candidate for being an Eco-Ambassador!

Environment in Action is an initiative of The Center for Sustainable Development (CSD) within The Earth Institute at Columbia University. It is a way to incorporate the knowledge and research developed by Lamont Doherty Earth Observatory scientists into science curricula of schools and community centers. Originally focused on partners in developing countries, it soon became clear that every community of learners can benefit from environmental education, in diverse settings including homes, schools, businesses and communities.

By presenting science that is alive and relevant to the daily lives of students, the Eco Ambassadors program is meant to engage our next generation, so that they can educate their own communities about local environmental issues and start solving these issues with community action. It aims to engage interested participants in meaningful ways, using Design for Change’s Feel-Imagine-Do-
Share method. The initiative is in partnership with the Global Schools Program.

The first pilot of the Eco Ambassadors program will take place in Millburn, New Jersey, USA.

Date: Friday, July 12th
Time: 12pm – 2pm
Location: Millburn Library: 200 Glen Ave, Millburn, NJ 07041
Please RSVP to HaeIn Shin

The program will run from June to September, culminating in final presentations at International Conference on Sustainable Development!

The objectives of the Eco Ambassadors program are to:

  • Become aware of global environmental challenges
  • Meet with amazing front runners in our immediate environment and community
  • Work on individual or group projects alongside helpful Parent Mentors to understand the environmental challenges and try to address them in small and big ways.

Requirements:

  • Passion and commitment to make things happen!
  • Eco Ambassadors will be required to spend 5 hours per week to work on individual or group projects on topics related to sustainability.
  • Adults/parents have volunteered and will take a few students each on their sustainability journey.

Outcomes:

  • Ideas on how you can use the framework discussed in this workshop to resolve a sustainability issue in the Millburn neighborhood. Ideas need to be tangible and visible. It cannot be left at a conceptual stage.
  • A short movie (not more than 8-9 minutes) or PowerPoint presentation (not more than 10-15 slides) on your project.
  • This outcome will be reviewed by experts based on evaluation criteria which will be shared with you. You will receive comments/suggestions to improve your product.
  • Selected movie/PowerPoint will be shared with IB Schools through Sustainable Development Solutions Network (SDSN).
  • The outcomes will also be screened at a UN event on the 24th of September 2019 as part of ICSD!

This project is implemented by researchers at the Center for Sustainable Development (CSD), Earth Institute, Columbia University. They will help to introduce the topic and guide you throughout the process. You can learn more about our work at www.csd.columbia.edu. The Global Schools Program of the SDSN will also partner to share our materials to a wider group and get us connected with like-minded people.