From individualism to civic participation A two-year project within which we want to change the social climate for the benefit of the planet’s climate.

The project brings together two programmes of the TEREZA Education Center: Young Reporters for the Environment and Eco-School.

Aim of the project:

To strengthen people’s beliefs that they can have an impact on climate protection.
We will provide the participants with verified information about climate change and develop their skills related to active citizenship.
The project is responds to researches showing the following fact: A large number of people in the Czech Republic are convinced that they are unable to solve environmental problems or have negligible influence on them as individuals. (Krajhanzl, J., Chabada, T., Svobodová, R. (2018). The relationship between the Czech public and the environment. A representative study of public opinion. Masaryk’s University, Brno.)

What more can you expect from the project?

Events and materials:
We will organize conferences, seminars, workshops, and we will create supporting educational materials – worksheets.

Methodological support:
With our support, the school teams will organize their own campaigns on climate change and engage the public in their communities on issues related to the topic.

The school teams can thus change the social climate and people’s mentality from “There’s nothing I can do about it” to “I can make a difference as well”.


Details about the project and its support

  • Project title: ECO SCHOOL and CLIMATE PROTECTION - From individualism to civic participation
  • Program area: Active Civic Fund
  • Project number: 62500-2019-003-0002
  • Implementation period: 1 October 2020 - 30 September 2022
  • Project coordinator: Ing. Jan Smrčka,

“The project is being supported by the Open Society Fund Prague from the Active Citizens Fund. The programme promotes citizens’ active participation in the public life and decision making and builds capacities of civil society organizations. It promotes respect of human dignity, freedom, democracy, equality, the rule of law and the respect for human rights including the rights of persons belonging to minorities. Active Citizens Fund came to the Czech Republic in September 2019 with the goal to support CSOs regardless of their size and experience. It is operated by the Open Society Fund Prague, Committee of Good Will - the Olga Havel Foundation and Scout Institute. The Active Citizens Fund is financed from EEA and Norway Grants 2014–2021. With EEA Grants, Iceland, Liechtenstein and Norway contribute towards a reduction in economic and social disparity and the strengthening of mutual cooperation in Europe. One of the important objectives of the programme is strengthening bilateral cooperation between donor and beneficiary states through financial contributions in specified priority sectors. It supports bilateral relations between the donor states Norway, Iceland, and Liechtenstein and the Czech Republic.”

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