Education as the keytask for a sustainable future

Nagykanizsa joined Climate Alliance – Europe’s largest city network for environmental protection – in 2004. This influenced our urban planning activities in the fields of environmental and climate protection. The political sphere and local government are open to these issues and to the introduction of effective changes that have had a positive impact on our inhabitants’ lives.

The municipality places particularly emphasis on making the entire Nagykanizsa region aware of environmental issues.

The whole sustainability process relies on the younger generation. All educational establishments in Nagykanizsa – including the nursery, primary and secondary schools as well as the university faculties – are involved in environmental education projects. Various different activities and competitions have been introduced, which have proven extremely popular with the children and young people. In collaboration with local educational establishments, institutions and associations, the municipality strives to make progress in the areas of resource efficiency, energy saving, waste and health.

Together with Reflex Environmental Association and Climate Alliance Hungary, a workshop was offered with the title ”Local ways towards sustainability“ for representatives of municipalities, non-governmental organisations and other multipliers from the educational and climate protection sector. Mayors from the region presented their local best practices.

However, we must not be impatient, for environmental education takes a great deal of time, and sustainable awareness can only be achieved with a continuous work process.

Two projects in the field of education are, for example, the “LENA – Learning in Nature” and “Fresh A.I.R. – New winds in the environmental education” campaigns. Both projects have been a great success and received both European and national funding. Young people from Nagykanizsa and the entire region have participated in these environmental education projects for many years now. One further target group for the two projects is teachers and educators, who are given the opportunity to attend further training courses and workshops in Austria and Hungary. Summer and leisure activities are also organised for both children and young people and teachers. These are held in untouched national parks and unique natural settings in both countries, whereby a direct and sensitive approach to nature is encouraged. Teachers are also able to gain some wonderful experience in this way that can subsequently help them to improve their environmental education work in the following academic year.

City of Nagykanizsa