EduCOP21: reduce greenhouse gas emissions, develop zero waste programmes, improve and enhance damaged ecosystems, recycle what we use

September 30, 2015

Everywhere across the planet there are clever, imaginative and simple sustainable solutions in response to the big themes and we aim to connect, capture and develop this planetary resource.

eduCOP21 is a worldwide call in response to the agenda to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, develop zero waste programmes, improve and enhance damaged ecosystems and recycle the materials we use in daily life.   Inspired by the Paris-based COP21 climate talks, eduCOP21 is are planning to connect young people through their schools globally to this shared agenda for ecological action.

Imagine a network of like-minded motivated young people, working internationally as co-designers and joining forces to develop the best projects worldwide that they can in order to establish truly sustainable communities. The process is guided by the idea that we can gather and disseminate, and use this method to enhance awareness and understanding of solutions. We know that education will play a central role in the process of change towards ecological stability, eduCOP21 will kickstart this activity.

eduCOP21 is the catalyst to further develop, connect and promote the ideas and to enable many more young people, through their schools, to engage in their own sustainability education projects. By the start of the COP21 we plan to be able to present a vision of a range of sustainable actions that can be shared in 2017 and beyond through our globally organised network of schools the Naturally Smart World network. Examples so far include a multi school Zero Waste Programme, in Hong Kong A Plastic Awareness Project in the UK, a multi-school tree planting project for carbon capture in Australia, solar and wind generation projects in France, with similar activity in Brasil, Canada, and community food growing through school efforts in Uganda.

eduCOP21 is the test-site for an ecologicially literate planet.  We are using the stimulus and insight gained from other projects that we have been working on the lead up to the climate talks such as poc21 to focus our efforts into the school sector and build upon the belief that diversity of approach and ecologically resilient design are fundamental to the creation of innovative approaches to the changes we require worldwide.

Paul Clarke, a member of the GCCM Steering Group writes:

Intelligence is not ours alone, but a property of the earth. We are in it, of it, immersed in its depths. Each terrain has its own intelligence, with its own sky and its own blue. How do we become naturally smart and share what we learn to enhance well-being ?

Step outside and embark on a journey…

What might be useful to learn? Not politically correct to learn, nor economically expedient, or momentarily urgent, but actually useful, for the long term, for life, for community, for ones self and for the benefit of others?

We think that we need to really reconsider the human effort going into education at the moment, because it is completely wrong in its orientation.

We want schools to  become Naturally Smart places. How they nurture the young, and nurture intelligence is vital to future well-being of all our people and all our places. What form this intelligence takes matters hugely.  To envision a future well-being for all is to begin to enter, ever more deeply, into the sensorial present.

Our focus is to explore the idea that intelligence is not ours alone, but a property of the earth.

We are attuned completely to our planet, we simply have to see, hear, taste, touch and smell the connections.

To do this we have created a set of sensory starting points which schools use to explore the natural intelligence of their own places and report their findings to all their community, and share with schools across the world.

We focus on the idea that intelligence is not ours alone, but a property of the earth.

Our foundation programme is available now and bookings are being taken internationally for 2016.

Join in!

Please consider creating a short video showing an environmental project you are doing in your school to inspire and inform people around the world.  Your video will be shown at the Paris expo during the climate talks in December, and will provide you with access to the Naturally Smart network that begins in 2016.
Submit your 1 minute video to [email protected] via a file-sharing website (such as or

Your video should include one or more of the following themes: Water, Energy, Waste, Food, Buildings & Structures, Soil, Plants & Trees, Transport, Animals, Well-being.  Remember to include your Name, School, Contact info and a title for your film.
Your video should be exported as a high quality film (at approx. 100MB).
If your video includes pictures of young people under the age of 16 you must submit parental/guardian release forms permitting us to use these images on the internet.