The Balaton Group is a little-heard-of group of some of the world’s most pioneering sustainability minds. Founded by Donella and Dennis Meadows – authors of the seminal Limits to Growth – it is an annual meeting place to discuss global problems, new solutions, and most of all, leading new actions in the pursuit of sustainability through the help of the systems thinking discipline.
Plastic pollution is one of the major challenges facing the world today, and nowhere is this most pressing than in our oceans. It is estimated that 90% of all trash in the oceans is plastic, and this has terrible consequences for both large and small sea creatures. But how can we make the connection between our daily use of plastic, and the fate of creatures deep in the far-away oceans? BEE has developed a new educational project, bringing the story of whales and plastic in the oceans directly to children in their own classrooms. As part of this project, we developed lesson plans for kindergartens, and also a visual storyline. Our first pilot project was in Babolygo Kindergarten in Budapest, Hungary – which included painting wall murals and interactive lessons with the students. A short information video on the project will be published soon!
How can the currently rising „smart” generation solve problems generated today, without even knowing about their existence? Are the grown-ups of today aware of the nature of these problems at all? If we asked people in the street whether they know what climate change is or what climate at all means, would we receive meaningful answers? As part of my collaboration in a Climate KIC/Mindspace project, these questions were asked in a general survey.