• Location: France
  • Partner organization: ACE Environnement
  • Description: Making French teenagers aware of environmental best practices ant the need for simple daily "eco-gestures"
  • Akuo Foundations's role: Finance the ssociation
  • Start date: 2007

Raising environmental awareness among young people

Raising environmental awareness among young people

ElemenTerre is a program offered through ACE Environnement, a non-profit organization founded in 2007. It seeks to educate young people on issues related to the environment and sustainable development through a series of simple eco-gestures.

The ElemenTerre approach to these issues is both hands-on and interactive, getting students, their teachers and even their parents involved by taking the program to middle schools in France on a voluntary basis.

Young people addressed by ElemenTerre gain a clearer understanding of what eco-friendly behavior is. And instead of feeling guilty, they are encouraged to take an open-minded approach to such environmental themes as water, biodiversity, climate change, transportation, energy and waste management. 

Moving from awareness to practice

Moving from awareness to practice

The aim is for students to come away with a set of simple, daily eco-gestures they can adopt at home and elsewhere and to use their new-found awareness as a starting-point for educational projects with their teachers. Above all, the program aims to give young people the sense that they can and should play an active part in protecting the environment, contributing to sustainability in an easy-going, down-to-earth way.