EU Erasmus Funding for Spanish and Lithuanian Carbon Conversations

The Surefoot Effect, in partnership with DomSpain from Spain and Ziniu Kodas from Lithuania, has secured €180,000 worth of funding for an Erasmus+ 3-year long project with a focus on communicating solutions to energy issues and climate change at the local, European and national levels.

The project is divided into three parts. The first part aims to adapt the Carbon Conversations programme that has been successfully rolled-out in the UK over the last 7 years, encouraging participants to explore their values, emotions and identity as a way to reduce their carbon footprint. The programme will be adapted to the cultural contexts of Spain and Lithuania and new guides in both Spanish and Lithuanian will be produced.

The second part will focus on documenting projects and personal actions that are saving energy and carbon emissions around Europe and a few other industrialised countries such as the United States and Australia through writing, photography and other media. These projects will then be displayed in an online open interactive platform for anyone to access them.

The third part of the project will see the development of a programme to encourage individuals and organisations to replicate some of the stories available in the platform.

The Erasmus+ evaluators have praised the project proposal for having the ability to address the objectives and priorities set out in the programme guide "to design and implement effective provision for enhancing basic skills and key competencies and inclusive education, training and youth", as well as for targeting educators to develop "new pedagogical approaches to train people in climate change and energy use".

Watch this space for updates as the programme progresses!