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In a global context marked by climate urgency, environmental education programmes are becoming increasingly important. Educational institutions, governmental organisations and NGOs are working together to design and implement programmes that give society the tools it needs to understand and address today’s environmental problems.

These programmes are not limited to the classroom; they also focus on public awareness. Events, seminars and social media campaigns aim to reach entire communities, disseminating information on sustainable practices and encouraging behavioural change.

In Spain, the National Centre for Environmental Education (CENEAM) has been leading efforts to promote environmental education since 1987. Its programmes range from educational activities for schoolchildren to community events involving people of all ages.

Internationally, organisations such as Greenpeace and the World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF) have developed ambitious educational programmes, using creative approaches to reach diverse audiences. These include social media awareness campaigns, online educational resources and participatory events.

The success of these programmes can be measured in terms of changing attitudes and behaviours. Increased adoption of sustainable practices, active participation in community activities and increased awareness of environmental issues are positive indicators that demonstrate the effectiveness of these efforts.

As the world faces increasing environmental challenges, the importance of public education and awareness becomes critical. These programmes are a reminder that every individual has a role to play in building a more sustainable future. Continued collaboration between governments, educational institutions and civil society organisations remains essential to ensure that these programmes reach their full potential and generate lasting impact.

World Environmental Education Day

Today, 26 January, we celebrate World Environment Education Day, a reminder of the importance of understanding and preserving our environment. However, environmental awareness should not be limited to a specific date.

Every day is an opportunity to learn, teach and act for the environment. The responsibility to care for our planet is ongoing and universal. By integrating sustainable practices into our daily routines, we contribute significantly to the health of the planet.

Let’s keep environmental awareness alive beyond this special day. Small actions, such as reducing plastic consumption, saving energy and encouraging reuse, are valuable steps towards a more sustainable future. May World Environment Education Day inspire us to cultivate a constant environmental awareness – every day is an opportunity to be stewards of our common home!

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