Escape the crisis

Andrea TOLOMELLI
Andrea TOLOMELLI • 22 September 2022

Escape the crisis project aims at providing high school teachers and trainers with an innovative, more effective tool to teach climate change and raise awareness on the environmental impact of daily approach to food consumption. Climate change is affecting every region on earth. The direct impacts we experience include an increase in the global temperature, rising sea levels, and more extreme weather conditions. Two-way linkages between human behaviour and climate have the potential to strongly influence GHG emissions so one of the keys to protecting our planet is promoting sustainable consumption and production, sustainably managing its natural resources and taking urgent action on climate change (2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development). According to EC’s Farm to Fork Strategy, food systems today account for nearly one-third of global GHG emissions.
Sustainable food consumption and prevention of food waste are key factors in the fight against climate change and largely depend on personal daily choices.
Education has a key role to play in inspiring sustainable behaviour (EU Green Deal), we need to redesign our behaviours through an approach to transformation, but climate change awareness is still facing several barriers: lacks engaging narratives; lacks the dimension of personal experience of the problem; fails to overcome the emotional barriers and lacks
the dimension of personal experience, thus failing to achieve behavioral change.
By introducing the non-formal education tool of the escape game (a game where a team of players discovers clues, solve puzzles, and resolve tasks in order to accomplish a specific goal in a limited amount of time), ESCAPE is willing to add the emotional dimension to the learning experience of teachers/training and providing them the elements to recreate it in
classes year after year.

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