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Celebrating Going Green and “Germany, Land of Ideas – Landmark 2015” Award

 
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Celebrating Going Green and “Germany, Land of Ideas – Landmark 2015” Award
by Katja Krüger - Thursday, 15 September 2016, 2:09 PM
 

Germany is known for its Green Party, the “Energiewende” and efforts to produce clean energy. At first sight, the U.S. environmental engagement seems to lag behind. But when you look closely at innovation and engagement on behalf of Mother Earth on the state and local level, the picture changes. And this is exactly what our Germany-wide school project is trying to do: challenge misperceptions, encourage transatlantic dialogue, and engage students in Germany and the U.S. to take action. The pilot project conducted in 2014 attracted attention and resulted in an exceptional honor. The “Germany - Land of Ideas” association awarded to our project Going Green – Education for Sustainability the prize for “creative minds who confront the potential of the digital world with courage and curiosity and encourage innovation that paves the way for these developments.” Check out the photos and videos from the award ceremony at the U.S. Embassy in Berlin. Ambassador Emerson who greeted the guests via video stressed: “No country can address the threat of climate change alone. It is a global challenge, and we’re not going to get very far if we keep our efforts contained within our borders. It is also up to each and every one of us as individuals to make a difference. Going Green has done that.” Behind this nation-wide project is a team of engaged environmentalists, English teaching and U.S. experts. We will continue to “Go Green” in the fall of 2015 with a new website, even more exciting content and American partner schools. So stay tuned!