Last day with the park rangers on the field: catching insects, categorizing birds, and drawing record of all plants and animals met during the week. Evening session was all about China and the its role to make the fight for climate action worthy and impactful, and the future of the sino-european network in the Hoopoe Summit vision. Later the same day it was finally time for the Hoopoe Declaration to be presented in public!
hoopoe summit: day 7
On Friday the group went out with the rangers again for one last time.
They prepared three special activities for the whole group. At first we had to go out on the meadows and catch all the insects we could find. The task was to find at least a beetle, a bug, a fly, a butterfly and a wasp or a bee. It really made us look at our environment in different way as it focused our attention on the small creatures roaming the dry grasslands.
The highlights of our findings were a yellow mantis and a cuckoo wasp, in German called the golden wasp because of it metallic shine.
In another activity we were challenged to associate different tools like pliers or tweezers with the way bird’s beaks are formed and used. For example, the insect eating ran needs a long thin beak similar to a small thin tweezer, while the Eurasian spoonbill catches fish like you would with a small net.
Eventually it was time to say goodbye to the three rangers who did a really good job of showing us around the national park, introducing us to different bird species and ecosystems and generally providing a very divers and engaging experience for us during the whole week. Our thanks go out to Ruth, Daniel and Sebastian. We couldn’t have wished for better guides.
The evening programme was not presented by a country group this time but by Green Steps CEO Knut Wimberger.
He introduced us to the of China in tackling the climate crisis and afterwards took part in a panel discussion, that also featured Green Steps members Gudrun and Lukas and Austrian participant Julia as panellists. All of them have lived in China and were happy to answer the many questions that were raised by the audience. To end the official programme of the day we discussed the possibility of a sino-european youth summit as a way of empowering young people all over Eurasia to connect and take action against the climate crisis.
On Saturday, the following day, we finally presented the outcome of these days of work!
click here to read the first hoopoe declaration!
We are hiring!
Our lovely ESC volunteers Elena and Milla will soon have completed their volunteerships with Green Steps and we have started to look for a new generation of ESC volunteers to support our environmental education activities in St. Pölten.
End of Winter Term! 3 Student Exhibition Openings!
At St. Georgen lower secondary, the Big Friendly Giants workshops on ecosystem services and bioregions were implemented for the first time as part of regular school lessons. At the end of the semester, there were three exhibition openings and many ideas on how to implement interdisciplinary teaching.