"The Environment and Sustainability" - € 50,000
The UniCredit Foundation supported the Environment and Sustainability project with the Carabinieri, the Alcide De Gasperi Institute for European Studies and the University of Molise to raise awareness among children about environmental and sustainability issues
The topic of the environment has been a fixture in our lives for some time now, but too often we receive only high-level information, which does not help to convey how important small gestures in our daily lives are in protecting the environment and developing a culture of sustainability.
In light of the Covid 19 crisis, we must seize this opportunity and provide e-learning and remote learning tools that teachers can use with children, creating materials focused on sustainability and the environment. Over the course of many years, the Carabinieri have been developing specialized divisions, and these of course focus on safeguarding health, the environment and nature. These groups boast a specific professional skill set that plays a very important role in conducting inspections that aim to protect citizens' well-being, whether in the medical or environmental fields.
A number of the Sustainable Development Goals from the UN 2030 Agenda also serve as the basis for the Carabinieri's official operations. These of course include the following goals: 3: Good health and well-being, 4: Quality education, 5: Gender equality, 6: Clean water and sanitation, 7: Affordable and clean energy, 8: Decent work and economic growth, 11: Sustainable cities and communities, 12: Responsible consumption and production, 13: Climate action, 14: Life below water, 15: Life on land, 16: Peace, justice and strong institutions, 17: Partneships for the goals.
These are extremely important goals that must be put into practice in order to invest in young people as the future standard bearers of the safeguarding of our planet, every single day. This might be achieved through meetings, whether in-person or virtual, at schools or Carabinieri stations throughout the country, during which small doses of information designed for primary school levels can be provided, including through videos. This way, teachers will also be given tools with technological support to open a discussion with kids on respecting the environment and sustainable consumption. In Italy, the project will be conducted in collaboration with the Alcide De Gasperi Institute for European Studies and the University of Molise. Because of the experience and international prestige of the partners involved, the project will be conducted while keeping in mind a possible expansion throughout Europe, beginning with countries in which the UniCredit Foundation is present