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A blog by Britta Wahlers and Ruud Hendrikx | “Climate Change - Tast the Waste”.

During my first meeting with the students of the Dominicus von Linprun Gymnasium and the Staatliche Realschule through a Skype gathering, I was able to introduce myself and our school (SintLucas). To give the students a little impression of what we do and what kind of lessons i give.

We have talked about creativity, inspiration, typography, composition and various forms that could be suitable for conveying the message of climate change. A little note for the students regarding creativity and conveying the message: "Creativity is fresch, it spins on things, it involves a lot of consumption. You have to know what the masses are doing and knowing what the masses of old have done. It's also about thinking, playing, embracing, discovering, experimenting, daring and flying. All words that you will explore during the process of creating. Take al of that inspiration and put your own flavour to it. Make sure it’s different and take it to a really interesting new place."

These students demand creativity in education.

It is great to take a look at education on different schools an be able to collaborate with colleagues and students on a project such as "Tate the Waste" (*Climate Change). In recent years, I have become more and more immersed in the subject of "creativity in education" and have come to the conclusion, through a lot of talks with colleagues on different schools and reading literature about this subject, that many schools do not stimulate creativity but rather ignore it and prefer courses where creativity is needed but the tools to solve the problems, are simply missing. Because creative education is lacking or is given only one hour a week. At the schools that i visited, it's not much different. But something is happening at those schools that stimulates my attention and curiosity. Students do not settle for an hour a week and have the opportunity to to register for the Art Class were they complete great creative projects in school and a great deal in their free time. Under the inspiring guidance of Britta Wahlers they embrace creative challenges and solve the problems they encounter. Why ? Because they love to be creative. They love the challenge. They want to explore possibilities. They are not afraid to fail and if they fail they are persevering to make it work.

My goal for this job shadowing and collaboration opportunity is to find out more about stimulation, motivation and collaboration between teachers and students and what their driving force is.

A beautiful example of one of the projects the students made with now ore little knowledge of photoshop, illustrator and premiere. They took the challenge, and the time to learn and create.

Concept Britta Wahlers Lay-out Ruud Hendrikx

4 days of talks, inspiration and amazement

We talked with the students about climate change and the consequences of what is happening now and will be happening in 50 years . Questions like. What is so different about the climate now than in the past? Why do we have to worry and what can we do to prevent it? After these talks the students feel the urgent to do something. The feeling has landed, the next step was to let them experience the consequences of climate change. We went with them to the Wilderness Camp for two days to let them experience the consequences in person. They have seen the crucial role that the forest and its animals play in global warming. We talked about alternatives and what we could do to make people more aware. The students brainstormed together and created ideas. They are released in their choice and that is bearing fruit. They are intrinsically motivated to get the best out of it. Not only because they love to create but also (and maybe that’s even more important) to work on something that can make a difference. During these days they created the visual material they use for their posters themselves through photography and illustrations. The composition of the group contributes to cooperation and mutual support. What strikes me outside of the above is that although they have not or hardly worked with photoshop, illustrator and indesign, they are not afraid to undertake their own search in the programs. They are uninhibited and only when they have questions do they ask for tips on how to proceed. A cruciale role in this creative phase is that the students are left free in their choices and ideas.

This generation is entering the climate change fight. They bring fresh ideas and energy to continue the battle against climate change deniers and bad climate policy, and are approaching solutions in new ways.

It is this generation that can secure the future of our planet. They start working together. put the shoulders underneath and work towards the same goal. They realize that the last stop is in sight and that if no action is taken now we are too late to do anything about it. That is why they want to make the world aware again that we have to act now and not tomorrow or the day after tomorrow, through the project "Taste the Waste" where creativity, art, collaboration and awareness come together.

They make the difference for now and the future!

We believe that this new generation has the strength to do this. They are determined and aware of the urgency. They bring fresh ideas and energy

Let's talk about to change something. Become active and be part of solution!

Wildniscamp

We stay at the wilderness camp at the Falkenstein mountain, an international meeting point for people who want to focus on nature and wilderness. There we try to gain more knowledge of nature and of our natural resources and how essential it is to save them in a time when we are directly facing the impacts of climate change. Staying there for two nights allows us to intensively experience our natural surrounding and to rise our awareness that we are part of it. The impressions we got can be seen in photos and drawings. Our stay in the especially designed lodges, for example the Thoreau Cottage, the Forest Tent the Water Cottage or the Cave offered best conditions for an intense contact with oneself and with others.

Our Earth is Amazing, it's worth to Fight For it

"If you achieve that students take the challenge to experiment and be willing to push the experiment to the limit without being held back by setbacks. Then you are proud of their perseverance and the work it delivers."

Britta Wahlers & Ruud Hendrikx

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