QUESTION OF: Encouraging education about environmentally sustainable lifestyle. COUNCIL: General Assembly 3, Social humanitarian and cultural
Encouraging education about environmentally sustainable lifestyle in Germany has evolved over
the past 30 years. Since the
first environmental education conference in Germany in 1976, the focus has shifted from knowledge of natural ecosystems – and the threats posed to them by overuse and depletion (reduction) of resources – to equipping all people with the knowledge, skills and understanding necessary to make decisions based upon their full environmental, social and economic implications. More than 10,000 German companies already offer environmentally friendly products to consumers around the world. German companies lead internationally, due in part to the country’s high domestic environmental standards. Germany offers a wide variety of possibilities and models for developing environmental technologies, including one at the edge of Germany’s Black Forest. That’s where research institutes and businesses are transforming Freiburg into a “solar” city. Another example: Environmental high technology is being applied in agriculture to develop the science of accuracy farming. The Pre Agro project is conducting research to maximize or maintain the level of plant production while reducing the amount of additives, such as fertilizer or pesticides, in locations where this is possible. The focus is on in-depth information gathered by GPS or sensors, for ex- ample. Germany is already exporting such technologies to central and Eastern Europe. Germany believes that it can achieve environmentally sustainable lifestyle by using natural resources without harming the environment, developing materials that will use fewer resources, and using materials that last longer and can be recycle. Germany considers creating a sustainable community that requires individuals and organizations have the knowledge, skills,...
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