Dear friends, dear visitors,
Our aim is to contribute and to develop awareness towards our youth, students, older people, institutions, adults, ourselves…that our Nature, in particular the Arctic encounters wonderful beauties which deserve our attention, our respect and even more our eco-citizen attitude & action…
Furthermore, our wish is to be able to associate education and arts to the environmental sector by being involved in educational programs, documentaries, scientific studies, institutional surveys, university thesis…
In this respect, International Polar Organisation Arctic05 and Patrick Reader have helped &/or have been associated to several projects with individuals, schools, institutions or organizations: the “polar projects” with Belgian schools of Hamme-Mille and Berlaymont of Waterloo – photographs taken for the International Polar Foundation during the inauguration in Brussels of the Belgian polar Antarctica station “Princess Elisabeth” – several polar & educational reportages written for Kid City – evening party in Brussels with Unicef “Saving 4 million babies” – the polar project “Pass Pole” with the Scientific Youths of Belgium – “Cool 4 Antarctica” project initiated by polar explorer Dixie Dansercoer – …etc.
In 2011, Patrick Reader launched his new educational web platform “Made in and for Belgium” called www.iceandgreen.be. He suggested to Vinciane Allebroeck, a nature lover and expert in environmental education, that she associates herself with his new environmental project on the world-wide-web.
Ice and Green will bring you each day to the heart of our magnificent Belgian Nature and for you to discover the Belgian initiatives made in the field of polar regions. You will find Belgian news, exclusive interviews, unfamiliar pictures & clips, walking itineraries in Belgium, “green projects” initiated by unknown Belgian citizens, books to read, health tips & tricks, field observations, sports and cultural events which are held in Belgium…In brief, all that our Belgian Nature offers as extraordinary!
Last but not least, Patrick Reader has been defending for many years now the idea that our education and schools should focus more on practical lessons related to nature conservation, health, local & farm products, how one should act to sustain & preserve our planet, to “civic & eco spirit and involvement”. Notably by making mandatory a 6 months “educational or civic training” (social – humanitarian – environmental) to obtain the secondary school diploma (at 18 years old).
In the meantime, foresee as from the age of 6 till 18 a mandatory course which may be called “scientific & practical civic studies” where pupils would learn different themes related to nature, to sustainable ecology, to togetherness values, to the philosophy of “living better by spending less”, how to challenge life & difficulties….As a matter of fact, he underlines these points in his Foreword.
Imagine then the cultural change in mentalities, the openness of the youth (the adults of tomorrow) to others and to the most vulnerable, towards a nature which is already under threat…What a positive impetus this may create …Patrick Reader is calling this the “societal, philosophical & environmental revival” (SPER): by the youngsters, with the youngsters and for each one of us…
Let’s be inspired, united and act as all these youngsters towards more Nature conservation!
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