SeaChange: Our Ocean Our Health

The SeaChange Project: Our Ocean Our Health   EUROGEO is a partner in the SeaChange Horizon 2020 Project (2015-2018). Go to the SeaChange Web site The aims of the project are to: Compile an in-depth review of the links between Seas and Ocean and Human health Design and implement mobilisation activities focused on education, community, governance actors and directly targeted at citizens. Embed Ocean Literacy across established strategic initiatives and networks Efforts to sustain an Ocean Literate society in Europe through codes of good practice, public campaigns and other activities Monitor and evaluate initiatives and Ensure knowledge exchange with transatlantic organisations. Sea Change is an EU H2020 funded project that aims to establish a fundamental “Sea Change” in the way European citizens view their relationship with the sea, by empowering them, as Ocean Literate citizens, to take direct and sustainable action towards a healthy ocean and seas, healthy communities and ultimately a healthy planet. By using the concept of Ocean Literacy,  Sea Change will create a deeper understanding amongst European citizens of how their health depends on the health of our seas and ocean. Sea Change will move to bring about real actions using behavioural and social change methodologies. Building upon the latest social research on citizen and stakeholder attitudes, perceptions and values, the Sea Change partnership will design and implement mobilisation activities focused on education, community, governance actors and directly targeted at citizens. These actions will be assessed for their effectiveness which, in turn, will allow the project to improve its techniques and spread a “Sea Change” in behaviour across...

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Spatial Citizenship (SPACIT) Project

The SPACIT Project EUROGEO is a partner in the Spatial Citizenship (SPACIT) Comenius Project (2011-2014). Spatial Citizenship is about ‘learning how to navigate this world in respect to a) the physical world, b) the meanings attached to physical objects and environment c) the power relations involved in the production of meaning’ (Gryl et al., 2010).    The aims of the project are to: develop and promote the concept of Spatial Citizenship create a competence model for SPACIT in teacher education and training develop a teacher training and professional development course (in the project partner languages) explore further perspective of Spatial Citizenship SPACIT provides teachers with the relevant education to support active Spatial Citizenship in the classroom through providing the following measures: an up-to-date online reader on the geoinformation society, the technological basics, its social implications and economical effects for individuals, a competence model and curriculum for an increased participation in the geoinformation society through Spatial Citizenship, materials for teachers to actively learn / teach Spatial Citizenship skills and competences to pupils There are 4 units of SPACIT training: i) Basic spatial concepts to understand the correlation between absolute conceptions of space as used in geoinformation and social concepts of space as used in the social/political sphere ii) Spatial thinking to understand and make use of relational concepts of space iii) GI (geoinformation)-enabled Spatial Citizenship – spatial communication – to be able to communicate and critically reflect on spatial representations (i.e. maps) iv) GI (geoinformation)-enabled Spatial Citizenship – participation – to be able to actively participate in collective decision making processes. SPACIT Project Web site Teacher training courses SPACIT Teacher Training course in English  – coming soon SPACIT Teacher Training course in Italian – coming soon SPACIT Teacher Training course in German – coming soon SPACIT Teacher Training course in Turkish – coming soon References Gryl, I., Jekel, T., Donert, K. (2010). GI and Spatial Citizenship. In T. Jekel, K. Donert, A. Koller (Eds.), Learning with GeoInformation. Berlin: Wichman...

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