Awareness raising: Nearly 550 classes engaged in Climate Week

Awareness raising: Nearly 550 classes engaged in Climate Week
Awareness raising: Nearly 550 classes engaged in Climate Week

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Young and old, German-speaking and French-speaking, more than 10,000 Friborg students have been participating in the first Climate Week since Monday, including in specialized establishments. A “huge success” in the eyes of Sylvie Bonvin-Sansonnens.

In the Flon establishment, 2H students collected and sorted waste in the forest. Those from 5 a.m. to 7 a.m. questioned their mobility. © Antoine Vuilloud

In the Flon establishment, 2H students collected and sorted waste in the forest. Those from 5 a.m. to 7 a.m. questioned their mobility. © Antoine Vuilloud

Published on 05/15/2024

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Everyone has their own challenge during Climate Week, from May 13 to 17. All classes in the canton, from 1H to 11H, were invited to participate in this awareness-raising action. A quarter responded. “It’s a huge success,” explained Sylvie Bonvin-Sansonnens, director of Training and Cultural Affairs, at a press conference. For this first edition, the objective was set at 100 classes, we have nearly 550.”

Twelve COs, four specialized establishments and fourteen primary establishments – like that of Riaz, which hosted the press conference – even registered en bloc. Since Monday, more than 10,000 students have been thinking and taking action, thanks to activities adapted to their age and linked to study plans. Cycle 1, from 4 to 8 years old, focuses mainly on food and climate, cycle 2 on energy and CO on the carbon footprint. “At the Estavayer-le-Lac Educational Center, students went to the supermarket shelves to see where fruits and vegetables come from. They also participated in an educational garden,” explains Raphaël Schaer. A teaching collaborator, he, with two colleagues, accompanied the team of ten teachers who worked, from the fall of 2022, on the preparation of this week.

CO classes went to Grangeneuve, to market gardeners, sorted clothes with the Red Cross or organized a large thrift store. “At the Pérolles CO, 700 kg of vegetables were saved to prepare a ton of broth in a jar. These vegetables were going to biogas because they were not of the right size.”

Raphaël Schaer looks back on the preparation: “We still put some constraints on ourselves. For teachers to be successful, we must give them turnkey equipment, with all the necessary tools. The activities offered must also be creative, so that they do not just do lessons as usual, but that we go a little outside the school framework.” Classes participate all week, one or two days or a few hours, your choice. “But each one is committed to sharing elements of their challenge via the weekduclimat.ch site, accessible to all.”

This week represents the realization of a measure of the cantonal climate plan. It is a success and funding is already planned to organize other Climate Weeks in 2025 and 2026. In one form or another, there will therefore be other editions, assures Sylvie Bonvin-Sansonnens. “By offering solutions to students, we avoid creating an anxiety-provoking climate. As adults, I think that’s the message we need to give them.”

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