Guardians of the Planet - The Cycles of Nature
An educational and fun programme
of practical, stimulating experiences
discovering sustainable and respectful habits
in order to face the realities of climate change...
The realities of climate change not only mean changing the habits of an over-consumist society but also a shift in consciousness. This shift has to incorporate a deeper understanding of the Planet and our place within it.
All things and all beings that make up our lives and our Planet work in cycles that depend on each other. Earth, Water, Air and Fire are the four basic elements that are necessary for all life on Earth from people to plants, birds to bugs and fish to fungi. Each of these elements works in a cyclic way, and all together they work as an interconnected, self-regulating and balanced system known by many as GAIA. We as humans must see ourselves as part of this system and understand our role within it. Only then can we find solutions to the problems that we now face.
It is with this in mind that we look to the next generation as our hope for the future. It will be through education and involvement that our children will have the tools and understanding to help build a better world for us all.
This school year of 2007-2008 the Greenheart Resonancia team along with La Casita Verde ecology centre have carried out the most recent eco-edutainment campaign, completely free of charge, for 300 school children from the Mediterranean island of Ibiza.
The campaign consisted of 3 main parts which aimed to give the children a full range of experiences and help motivate them to take on board what they have learnt and apply it in their everyday lives.
Part 1 - La Casita Verde
La Casita Verde is a small ecology centre situated in the countryside of ibiza. Between October '07 and April '08, some 300 school children were invited to explore the cycles of nature. The centre and its many didactic tools gave the children a hands-on experience of cycles such as WATER, ENERGY and EARTH. The visit was designed to help the children discover ways in which they can play their part in tackling climate change and empower them to include these discoveries in their everyday lives.
Part 2 - The Mission
At the end of the visit to La Casita Verde the children were given their "Mission" in which they were encoraged to commit to adopting more sustainable habits at home and at school. These included such commitments as turning off lights when not in the room and buying local vegetables when possible. They were also encouraged to make drawings of their commitments, which were later collected from each school as part of a visit made by the Greenheart Resonancia team. During this visit the children were also shown a presentation introducing the issues surrounding climate change, and they also discovered that their pictures would be sent to the G8 5 summit in Japan as part of the Kids Call Campaign by the World Future Council. Here was also their next "Mission": to write letters about their concerns to the political leaders of the world, to be sent along with their pictures.
Part 3 - The Expo
"Guardians of the Planet": This digital, interactive, audiovisual exhibition on 8 plasma screens was open to the public all week in the new Tourism Office in Vara de Rey, 1. It offered an overview of the whole campaign, with movies and all the children's pictures, as well as pictures from children around the world kindly provided by the Kids Call initiative of the World Future Council. Up to 150 of the children involved in the campaign came during the week and were given guided tours of the expo and shown a video message from the World Future Council congratulating them on their work, thanking them for their letters and encouraging them to continue with their mission as Guardians of the Planet.
For a more detailed explanation and pictures of the entire campaign please browse the rest of this website.