ERASMUS+: Reacting and adapting to Climate Change

E – Twinning Project

Lillehammer Videregående skole
& Liceo Linguistico Courmayeur

REACTING AND ADAPTING TO CLIMATE CHANGE IN NORWAY AND ITALY

Investigating local consequences of climate change and understanding how we can react and adapt at a local and global level. 

Project description: 

Our schools are both situated in relatively small towns however, during the winter and summer seasons, welcome many tourists who visit to do a variety of mountain sports.   

We have similar climates because the latitude of Lillehammer is compensated by the high altitude of Courmayeur. Additionally, in both areas there are large hydroelectric dams. In recent years the territory surrounding both schools has been affected dramatically by climate change thus making it impossible to ignore the consequences it is having on local people’s lives.

Together we would like to investigate the effects climate change is having on society: how we live, the local tourism industry and the economic effects. We would also like to explore how we and society as a whole need to make changes to adapt to climate changes and support sustainable tourism development. It is essential to increase students’ knowledge and give them the instruments to analyze the current situation. 


Aims

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  • For teaching and learning to be increasingly involved with international cultures in order to enhance globalized learning
  • Exchanges of good practices and development of innovative outputs with the aim of raising environmental awareness and facing climate change challenges and sustainable development.
  • An increased interest in topics related to climate change, consequences and ways to react and adapt.
  • Reduce barriers to learning with the implementation of new methods and innovations and by promoting values of inclusion and diversity, tolerance, and democratic participation. 
  • Engage learners and educators in the path to digital transformation by promoting the use of new technologies and innovative teaching methods while being conscious and responsible in their use. 

Development of sustainable citizenship skills will allow for the integration of knowledge in curricular subjects, in particular in STEM topics. We aim to become familiar with all goals of Agenda 2030, in particular Aims 8, 9, 11,12,13. Educating about environmental safeguarding and the promotion of conscious and coherent lifestyles will be priorities with the idea of sustainability in accordance with the 2030 Agenda. Working with stakeholders and offering first-hand experience to our pupils will allow them to appreciate and interact with their immediate environment . 

Given the unique location of both schools, many students come from families who are directly involved in the tourism industry and take part in mountain and winter sports at a highly competitive level. Students also come from families whose work and background involves working towards goals 3, 4, 6 and 7 of the Agenda 2030. This will be useful in allowing students to understand the importance of both local and international cooperations. As a result of climate changes winter and summer tourism activities are at risk so we would like to consider future alternative employment opportunities related to tourism in these areas which could be created in response to climate change. 


Work process

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The schools would like to do field trips together both in Italy and Norway twice a year. One work group of students will concentrate on researching climate change and geohazards and how we can adapt to these ever arising situations while the other group of students will explore the effects climate change is having on the tourist industry, the local economy and how we can overcome these difficulties. 

The first exchange is planned for the first work group who are investigating geohazards on the 19th september 2023 when the Norwegian students will fly to Italy and stay for 5 nights, then on the 24th of September the Italian students, with the norwegian will fly together to Lillehammer and spend 5 nights in Norway. The field trips will include observations of local territory, visits to local organizations, and interviews and explanations of professionals and experts in this field. This exchange will involve approximately 40 Italian and Norwegian students. During the field trip geoscientific fieldwork will be carried out related to the risks of natural hazards and the effects climate change is having on these hazards and how we can adapt to this will be explored. Continued project work will be planned with both students and teachers to review and further investigate findings. Work will be shared on twinspace by both students and teachers. 

The second exchange is planned for the spring of 2023 when approximately 20 Italian students will visit Norway and vice versa. These students will investigate more into the effects tourism is having on climate change. During the field trip the students will visit the local touristic sites and interview people who work in this industry. The consequences of climate change for individuals, societies and ecosystems will be discussed and sustainable solutions for how individuals and societies can reduce and adapt to climate change in the present and future will be investigated. 


Expected results

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  • Both teachers and students will make international connections and share and exchange cultures in order to enhance globalized learning
  • Good practices and development of innovative outputs will be exchanged with the aim of raising environmental awareness and facing climate change challenges and sustainable development.
  • There will be an increased interest in topics related to climate change, consequences and ways to react and adapt.
  • New methods and innovations will be implemented to reduce barriers to learning by promoting values of inclusion and diversity, tolerance, and democratic participation. 
  • Both learners and educators will be engaged in the path to digital transformation by promoting the use of new technologies and innovative teaching methods while being conscious and responsible in their use. For example: To log results the use of applications will be integrated into lessons – GIS – map reading, identification of geological features, avalanche awareness technology, Wikiloc – recording local field trips with notes. 
  • Students will have an increased interest in topics related to climate change, consequences and ways to react and adapt. For example: Shared materials related to local climate change issues and to illustrate the current situation that can then be used within the school curriculum. The materials will include a log of events related to climate change and the effects it is having on people’s lives.  This will include a log of newspaper articles, photos and project work investigations, interviews etc..  
  • The creation of twispace  ESEP will allow us to share and log student research and fieldwork trips. 
  • Shared STEM subjects CLIL materials created for the project will be used in the school curriculums. 
  • A photography exhibition of pictures of glaciers now and then will be created – ‘glacier’s witness to the climate crisis’
  •  There will be publicity and dissemination work related to the project.

OUR EXCHANGE:

  • ERASMUS+ – A focus on geohazards – From Lillehammer to COURMAYEUR
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  • ERASMUS+ – A focus on geohazards – From Courmayeur to LILLEHAMMER
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