Environmental education: simply intercultural

Ub:ikul Projektbeschreibung

Environmental education: simply intercultural is a project, which addresses the – often insufficient - inclusion of people with a migratory background in the field of nature and environmental education in Germany. Together with local actors, finep works on new forms of environmental communication (Casual Learning) to gain more people with a migratory background for regionally important environmental issues.

Following meetings with representatives of the target group, six Casual Learning projects are developed and implemented in three cities/regions of Baden-Wuerttemberg. The projects are supported by local networks of environmental actors. The outcome of these sample projects is further discussed and shared on nationwide trainings for environmental actors, in hand-outs and on expert conferences. Thereby, we want to encourage other environmental actors to realize target group specific environmental education measures using easily applicable communication tools.

The ub:ikul project was awarded with the Certification Mark Project Sustainability 2020 for outstanding and effective commitment to sustainable development.

The ib:ikul project was also broadcast on a regional telestation. You find the TV report here.

Casual Learning measures developed within the frame of the project:
  • The water jug was developed in cooperation with the intercultural environmental mentors of the city of Heilbronn. Its message reminds people in households of the advantages of drinking tap water (link in German).
  • The mirror stickers for the washroom of a mosque were created together with the Turkish Community in Heilbronn and take up the topic of waste and frugality using the example of water (link in German).
  • The writing pads were created in collaboration with the Bad Urach-Münsingen Community College and offer German course participants a new opportunity to explore nature in the biosphere area on each page (link in German).
  • The window stickers were created in cooperation with the Arab-Turkish food retailer Palmyra and provide information on the importance of grazing animals for landscape protection worldwide (link in German).
  • The bean bags were created together with the group of girls from the intercultural Youth and Community Center Weiße Rose in Karlsruhe. Through quotes from environmental activists, they should encourage girls to become active for their environment (link in German).
  • The Märzchen” are based on a tradition from March 1st in some countries of the Balkans. They were created together with the Romanian-German Association in Baden-Württemberg e.V. and the Bürgerverein Neureut-Heide e.V. and provide information on nature worth protecting around the Karlsruher Heidesee (link in German)

Anna-Maria Schuttkowski, Petra Schmettow

2018 – 2020

Cooperation partners

Swabian Alb Biosphere Reserve, City of Karlsruhe (Ministry for Environment and Occupational Safety), City of Heilbronn (Department of Participation and Integration),
LAMSA (Saxony Anhalt), LAKA (Baden-Wuerttemberg), DNR, ANU Federal Association, ANU Bavaria, ANU Baden-Wuerttemberg

The project is funded by the Federal Environmental Agency and the Federal Ministry for the Environment, Nature Conservation and Nuclear Safety.
The responsibility for the reports content lies with the authors.