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WHAT IS ECO-ED?

A fun way to learn about Climate Change. 

Eco-Ed is an interactive education programme helping teachers educate pupils about climate change and the active role they can take in it. 

The programme of fun challenges empowers children and their families to make meaningful lifestyle changes and form life-long, eco-friendly habits.

HOW IT WORKS

Eco-Ed presents children a set of challenges to help them learn and understand how their actions impact the environment.

Teachers can easily manage and track student progress. Once the school is registered, simply set up student profiles and you’re ready to get started. No IT integration is necessary.

In addition to the platform, Hubeco can also facilitate a host of additional on-site offerings such as workshops, activities and speaker events to further enrich the learning as well as the impact.

The Eco-Ed programme is suitable for primary as well as secondary school, however, it can easily be adapted further.

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Eco

Build a Civilisation in a Simulated Ecosystem

Eco is an online game where players must collaborate to build a civilization in a world where everything they do affects the environment.

Eco Glossary

B

Something that will eventually decay into smaller and smaller pieces by natural processes.

A renewable fuel for diesel engines derived from natural oils such as soybean oil.

The variety of plant and animal life in the world or in a particular habitat. A high level of diversity is important and desirable. There are 3 main types:
Genetic diversity – diversity within species
Species diversity – diversity between species
Ecosystem diversity – diversity between ecosystems

A gas fuel sourced from the decomposition of waste, converting a waste stream and potent greenhouse gases into an energy source.

Plant or animal materials used to create energy.

A love of life, living, and affinity for living things.

Products made from organic materials rather than petroleum. Designed to be industrially composted by microbes in a controlled environment. There are several types, so bioplastic has become an umbrella term. It can be:
– biobased and biodegradable,
– biobased and not biodegradable
– petroleum based and biodegradable

This term is commonly used when discussing BPA free plastic. It is a chemical used to make plastics such as bottles and food containers. There is the risk that this harmful chemical could leach into the food or contents of these containers.

Excess material produced.

C

Is the release of Carbon dioxide (CO2), thought to be harmful to the environment, into the atmosphere. Produced by planes, cars, factories, etc.

The total greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions caused by an individual, event, organisation, or product.

Refers to achieving net zero CO2 emissions released into the atmosphere. Usually achieved in one of two ways:

– Balancing carbon emissions with carbon removal (e.g. carbon offsetting)
– Reducing/eliminating carbon emissions from the beginning

Is compensating for CO2 and other greenhouse gas emissions created by participating in schemes designed to make equivalent reductions of gasses in the atmosphere. For example, a person could buy credits (usually an investment into an environmental project working on clean energy or to plant trees etc.) to offset the CO2 generated by their holiday flights.

A circular economy is a model of production and consumption, which involves sharing, leasing, reusing, repairing, refurbishing and recycling existing materials and products as long as possible.

A circular economy for fashion creates better products and services for customers, contributes to a resilient and thriving fashion industry and regenerates the environment. It prioritises the rights and equity of everyone involved and will create opportunities for growth that are distributed, diverse, and inclusive. Circular fashion products are:

– used for as long as possible thanks to good care, repair, refurbishment or by being rented, leased, resold or allocated to second hand initiatives
– recycled and reused for the manufacturing of new products. Or (if unfit for recycling) composted to become nutrients for plants and other living organisms
– made from safe and recycled or renewable inputs

Overall, the products’ life cycle should bring no environmental or socio-economic harm but instead contribute to the positive development and wellbeing of humans, ecosystems, and societies.

A long-term change in the average weather patterns that have come to define Earth’s climates.

This is a term that gained popularity in 2019 and is now the preferred term to over climate change. It aims to place more emphasis on the problem. Highlighting that urgent action is required to reduce climate change and avoid irreversible environmental damage. It is something governments around the world are declaring.

A term that frames climate change as an ethical and political issue beyond purely environmental concerns. An important component of this is that those who are least responsible for climate change suffer the greatest consequences.

Exceeding achieving carbon neutrality by removing additional carbon dioxide from the atmosphere; also referred to as carbon negative.

A system where everything is recycled and reused.

Means that a product/material is able to break down into natural elements in a compost environment and within a specific time frame, leaving no toxicity in the soil. Note that compostable products like bio-plastics usually need the higher temperatures of an industrial facility over a home compost.

This is when corals turn completely white. When corals are stressed by changes in conditions (e.g. temperature, light, nutrients) they expel the symbiotic algae living in their tissues. These algae usually provide the colour, so without them then you only see the white skeleton.

D

Conversion of forested lands into non-forest use.

E

The mentality to focus on reducing harm to the environment wherever possible.

Environmentally minded actions that cause minimal harm to the earth.

A community of interacting living organisms (e.g. plants, animals, microbes) and their physical non-living environments (e.g. temperature, oxygen).

Tourism with the aim to protect or support conservation efforts and local communities. Officially it’s the ‘Responsible travel to natural areas that conserves the environment, sustains the well-being of the local people, and involves interpretation and education’.

Uses the smallest amount of energy possible to provide power.

F

When producers (usually in developing countries) are paid a fair price for their work by companies (usually in developed countries). More than just fair pricing (prices that never drop below market value) it is about local sustainability and decent working conditions too.

The production of clothes to feed a new trend (from the catwalk or celebrities) cheaply and quickly. It allows consumers to buy into the most recent trends at cheap prices, encouraging more purchases and a throw away culture.

Exchanging goods to extend their lifecycle and keep reusable items out of landfills.

G

Is the ongoing increase in the average global temperature. Primarily due to fossil fuel burning, which increases heat-trapping greenhouse gas levels in Earth’s atmosphere.

Domestic wastewater including wash water from the bathroom, kitchen, and laundry.

When excessive heat is trapped and built up in the troposphere by a blanket of gases.

Are basically gases in Earth’s atmosphere that trap heat. Any gas that has the property of absorbing infrared radiation (net heat energy) emitted from Earth’s surface and reradiating it back to Earth’s surface. Carbon dioxide, methane, Nitrous oxide, ozone and water vapour (the most important) are the main greenhouse gases.

Is the process of conveying a false impression or providing misleading information about how a company’s products are more environmentally friendly than they actually are. An unsubstantiated claim used to deceive consumers into believing that a company and/or their products are eco friendly.

H

A car with a petrol engine and an electric motor, each of which can propel it.

I

This is an inclusive form of environmentalism that advocates for both the protection of people and the planet. It identifies ways in which injustices happening to marginalised communities and the earth are connected. Bringing injustices done to the most vulnerable communities and the earth to the forefront and does not minimise or silence social inequality. It advocates for justice for people & the planet.

L

The traditional way of doing things it is based on take, make, and dispose model of production.

Someone who consumes only food that has been cultivated locally.

Emission of few pollutants; frequently attributive, especially in low-emission vehicles.

M

Tiny pieces of plastic included in beauty products and toiletries (e.g. face wash, toothpaste and exfoliators). In 2018 many countries introduced a ban on microbeads!

A plastic-based thread that is thinner than a human hair (finer than one denier). Certain products shed microfibres during their lifetime. For example, they wash out of our synthetic clothes and sheets or they shed from our carpets.

Any type of plastic fragment that is less than 5mm in length. There are 2 categories:

– Primary – fragments that are smaller than 5mm when entering the environment (e.g. nurdles, microfibres, microbeads)
– Secondary – created by the degradation and breakdown of larger plastics once they have entered the environment

Minimalism is about stripping back the unnecessary, leaving only the things that provide you with real value and joy.

For fashion, it can mean having a minimal amount of clothes in your wardrobe that feel right for you and bring joy.

N

Products that are sold without packaging.

Raw materials supplied by nature.

Achieving a balance between emissions produced and emissions removed from the atmosphere; also known as carbon neutrality.

Very small pellets of plastic. They are the raw material in the manufacture of plastic products.

O

The ongoing reduction in the pH of our oceans, primarily caused by the uptake of carbon dioxide (CO2) from the atmosphere. Higher acidity has been linked with reproductive problems in fish and has been shown to hinder shell growth.

Products derived from living matter without the use of artificial chemicals.

P

Permafrost is soil at or below the freezing point of water for two or more years.

A person who avoids using plastic. Especially single use plastic, either for health or environmental reasons.

Previously used by consumers before being reprocessed into a new product.

To keep something the same and prevent it from being damaged.

R

Waste materials refurbished for new products.

The process of converting waste materials into new materials and objects. It is the breaking down of used items to make raw materials for the manufacture of new products.

Make or consume a lesser amount of something.

Planting of forests on lands that were depleted.

To restore mineral content to an environment.

Can be replaced or has an endless supply (i.e. it can’t be used up). For example, renewable sources of energy don’t run out (e.g. wind, solar).

Means that the ingredients in a product (most commonly sunscreen) are not toxic to coral or any marine life in the coral reef ecosystem. Note that there are currently no official, approved tests or certification for reef-safe or ocean-safe products! So there is no standardisation for what a product has to be or not include to be completely ‘reef safe’.

Is the action of using a product again, either for its original use or to fulfil a different function.

Repurpose – if you can’t reuse it as it is then repurpose it and make something else useful.

S

Items used one time and then discarded.

A movement and approach to fashion which considers the processes and resources required to make clothing, particularly focusing on sustainability. It means buying better quality garments less often that will last for longer and values fair treatment of people, animals, and the planet.

A panel designed to absorb the sun’s rays as a source of energy for generating electricity for heating.

A supply chain is the network of all the individuals, organizations, resources, activities and technology involved in the creation and sale of a product. A supply chain encompasses everything from the delivery of source materials from the supplier to the manufacturer through to its eventual delivery to the end user.

Something that can be maintained at a certain level or rate for as long as desired. In more specific environmental terms: something that causes little or no harm to the environment, so is able to continue for a long time.

T

Includes anything designed to be discarded after use. It is the excessive production of short-lived / single use items over durable / long lasting goods. Essentially if something breaks, just throw it away and buy another one!

Traceability for a company means knowing its supply chains from start to finish, and being able to trace back each component of a product, from the raw material to the clothes tag and everything in between. It includes knowledge surrounding the location of milling facilities, farms, plants, and much more. Upsides include greater transparency of production processes and supply chain, knowledge of sustainability efforts, reduction of child labour, and prevention of health issues.

This step is crucial to transparency: how can a company disclose information on a product if it doesn’t know all the steps involved in making it?

Transparency is the practice of openly sharing information about how, where, and by whom a product was made. Being transparent means publishing all information about every actor involved in the production process, from start to finish, from the fields to the store shelves.

U

The reuse and/or redesign of old, waste or unwanted items in such a way as to create a new product of a higher quality or value.

V

A diet and lifestyle that avoids all animal-derived products.

Denoting something from the past of high quality, especially something representing the best of its kind.

W

An aspirational approach to recycling items without knowing if they’re recyclable but expecting them to be properly dealt with.

Z

The aim to send nothing to landfill, incinerators or into the ocean. This is a great one to end on! Refuse single use items. Reduce what you need/buy. Reuse as much as you can. Recycle what you must. Compost what’s left.

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