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Klimaløftet.no is the Norwegian governmental information campaign on climate, climate change, and measures needed to reduce climate gas emissions.
Who is behind CO2nnect?
This campaign has been developed by partners and members of the EU Comenius Lifelong Learning project ”SUPPORT: partnership and participation for a sustainable tomorrow.” The goal of SUPPORT is to promote and improve knowledge about education for sustainable development (ESD).
SUPPORT comprises a network of 45 partners and members representing international expertise in the field of education for sustainable development.
The idea for the SUPPORT project was initially developed by the Environment and School Initiatives network (ENSI), an international organisation promoting educational research and policy development in environmental education and education for sustainable development since 1986.
The CO2nnect website, technical solutions, and database functions were developed by the Norwegian Directorate of Education and the Centre of Schools' Science Education, University of Bergen, Norway as part of the educational platform sustain.no.
The ICT development team within SUPPORT that has worked with implementing CO2nnect, consists of Reiner Mathar (Group Leader), Astrid Sandås, Faye Benedict, James Hindson, Karin Ulbrich, Ole Edvard Grov, Åsa Renman, and Gaute Grønstøl.
Co2nnect has received financial support from The Norwegian Ministry of the Environment.
We thank Catherine Bottril for assistance with selection of CO2 multipliers, and Hans Olav Hygen and Max Hansson for responding to the 'Ask an expert' column.
Endorsements of CO2nnect
The organisers of the World Conference on Education for Sustainable Development (to be held in Bonn, Germany in spring 2009) have selected CO2nnect as one of 25 international ESD projects to be showcased at the halfway conference for the United Nations Decade for Education for Sustainable Development.
- "The international campaign "CO2nnect: CO2 on the way to school" provides schools with a unique opportunity to provide high quality Education for Sustainable Development." Bård Vegar Solhjell, Norwegian Minister of Education.
- "Our future is threatened by a non-toxic and ubiqitous metabolite of the global human civilization: Carbon Dioxide. Encouraging local action is one of the keys to solve the problem. Therefore, CO2nnect plays an important role in shifting humankind towards a more sustainable development." Dr. Thomas Schauer, Director, The Club of Rome - European Support Centre.
- "Climate change as a political challenge cannot be handled by national states on their own. Thats why, the European Union plays a key role in coordinating politics to avert the climate changes consequences. Recognizing the need for being engaged internationally in this area, the EU formulated goals for reducing carbondioxid- emissions. But political aims do not work without citizens participation. So I am glad about this platform, which offers opportunities of networking and exchanging experiences in issues of climate change. The CO2nnect- campaign helps young people to understand how climate change influences their everyday life. I hope that schools from all parts of the world will use this tool for exchange and generate new knowledge and understanding to solve future problems. I wish all users success and - of course a little bit fun too -in communicating all over the world via the CO2nnect-Network." Dr. Udo Bullmann, Member of the European Parliament.