This European curriculum asks what sort of future young people would like to live in and how this preferred future can be made reality. It challenges traditional assumptions about how things are made, economies managed and lives lived.

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This European curriculum, aimed at ages 12-16, aims to challenge traditional assumptions about how things are made and how systems in the human world operate. Through discovery and activity based learning and learning outside the classroom, learners can connect with nature and discover that nature can be a mentor that offers insights that can inspire the building of a brighter future.

Teachers are encouraged to start with the introductory module that provides an overview and a foundation on which understanding will be built. The activities are focused on three key insights from Nature (listed below) and how they can be applied to real-world issues such as product design. Then instructors can proceed through three more modules in depth:

Waste is Food: In nature everything is cycled so what looks like waste is actually food for the next cycle. For example, dead tree leaves will become soil for a new tree.

Diversity Gives Strength: Nature relies on a large variety of species, systems and organisms that allow it to withstand external shocks, because diversity gives strength. Diversification effectively reduces risk.

Multiple Benefits: In nature things have multiple benefits, they do not simply have one purpose. The goal of a tree, for example, is to reproduce itself, provide the next generation. In doing so trees also provide food for insects, shelter for animals, nutrients for the soil from their decomposing leaves, turn carbon dioxide into oxygen, and help regulate temperature and rainfall.

The curriculum is offered in 6 languages: English, Spanish, Bulgarian, Dutch, Romanian, and Latvian. There’s a Support Pack and additional resources to help teachers most effectively use the modules.

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Objectives

  • Discover that nature provides multiple benefits.


  • Discover that in nature waste equals food.

  • Discover that in nature diversity gives strength.

  • Understand the problems with current production systems.

  • Understand that nature can be used as inspiration for designs and products (biomimicry).

  • Apply lessons from nature to improve current products and production systems.

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