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05.12.14.The "Climate Box" launch. A New Toolkit for students on Climate Change is published in Moscow.

December 5, 2014. The UN House hosts a presentation on "Climate box" - a toolkit for students on Climate Change. The Toolkit was pepared by the United Nations Development Programme in Russia (UNDP) with support of the Global Environment Facility (GEF), the Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment of the Russian Federation and Coca-Cola Company. 

Olivier Adam, Deputy Director of the UNDP Regional Bureau for Europe and CIS opened the event with address speech. "The United Nations recognize the problem of climate change as one of the most important global problems. The problem is so important, because the results of global warming can be seen in every part of the world. We are all members of the consumer society. The production of goods and services uses up resources and energy such as electricity, oil, coal and gas. The emission of greenhouse gases is a result of producing and burning these resources. The amount of emitted greenhouse gases is a carbon footprint we leave on Earth. For reducing our carbon footprint, we all need a special knowledge and changed habits. Most of them should be grasped in early childhood", - stressed Mr Adam. 

For this purpose, the United Nations Development Programme has issued a Climate Box with support of the Ministry of Natural Resources and the Environment of the Russian Federation and The Coca-Cola Company. This tutorial is the first school book in Russia aimed on the explanation of the problems caused by climate change. This tutorial continues the series of environmental projects, such as the Black Sea Box and the Baikal Box. 

The target audience of the Climate Box is school children from 2nd to 11th grades. It is an interdisciplinary school tutorial which can be used during geography, biology, natural science lessons etc. The Climate Box can be applied at schools, environmental and ecological centres and for extracurricular education. 

The Climate Box contains: 
  • Illustrated material for school children with questions and tasks to be accomplished individually and in groups, as well as material on the topic of climate change and recommendations for teachers of different disciplines how this tutorial can be effectively used in different lessons with different age-groups. 
  • Questinaire cards
    A map, illustrating possible results of global climate change in the end of 21th century in different regions of the Earth. 
  • Poster with suggestions how to reduce one's own carbon footprint 
  • CD with all the materials from the Climate Box in digital form.    
Eena Smirnova (Ecobureau GREENS, one of authors) : The CD is not less important than the paper- tutorial, because it gives a possibility for teachers and students to performs tasks in a self-supporting way and display the result on the monitor, also using a mobile application. Such functions motivate students to work with their own hands, what is very important.

"The main task of the Climate Box is to explain the problem of climate change to children in an interesting, playful and entertaining ways, - Natalia Olofinskaya, the Head of UNDP projects support Office said. - With the help of the box, teachers can develop ideas for optimally integrating the topic of climate change in the existing framework of their teaching programme". 

It is important that the "Climate box" is specifically designed for children. This is the kind of illustrated encyclopedia on climate, where in easy way explains how the Earths climate was changing throughout its history, describes the symptoms of modern climate change and tells how these changes affect nature and a human. It will be interesting to know whether you can adapt or not to the inevitable consequences and how you can prevent dangerous consequences of global warming as well as what is already done for this in different regions of the world and Russia. 

A special section of the Handbook is dedicated to your own carbon footprint reduction. The Handbook and other materials of "Climate Box" are suitable for self-study and for work in groups and are focused on children of different ages. 

 UNDP is going to distribute about 1000 copies of "Climate Box" between education institutions and environmental education centres in the cities of Moscow and Sochi. In plans to test the Toolkit, to organize teachers trainings, as well as trainings for school supervisors and environmental education centers staff.

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