From December 3 to December 14 politicians, scientists, representatives of business and non-profit organizations from all over the world got together in Katowice at 24th UN Climate Conference to discuss solutions to climate challenge. Russian Carbon Fund hosted three events on the sidelines of COP24.
One of the events – Innovative Practices and Tools for Climate Education – was held on December 13, during Education Day at COP24. It was organized in partnership with UNDP and UNFCCC in Russian Pavilion. UNDP representatives spoke about “Climate Box” – an educational kit on climate change, and Russian Carbon Fund presented “Ecopolis” – educational project on urban sustainable development with augmented reality.
During the presentation, CEO of Russian Carbon Fund Alexey Shadrin spoke about the concept and the history of the project. The idea of project Ecopolis is to provide the most advanced knowledge on urban sustainable development to schoolchildren with the help of digital technologies and to promote their initiatives by engaging them in a project contest. Ecopolis has three main components: an educational kit (textbook with augmented reality models, quiz cards, posters), an educational program for schools and a contest of social and environmental projects.
Ecopolis was first launched in 2016-17 as a pilot project in Moscow, with PJSC Gazprom neft as a main partner. In February 2017, which was declared a Year of Ecology in Russia, a series of school projects was presented on VI Moscow city contest of socially important environmental projects. Later, in summer 2018, the project was launched in partnership with 2018 FIFA World Cup Russia™ Local Organising Committee in 11 cities that hosted the World Cup: project titled Ecocity-2018 involved 132 schools and 11 000 children. Currently, project Ecopolis is being carried out in partnership with Regional Social Programs Fund “Our Future” in 100 schools in Moscow. In addition, Ecopolis as an educational kit is now being sold in retail.
One of the distinctive features of Ecopolis is augmented reality – each edition includes 12 AR models which illustrate sustainability-related concepts and technologies (renewable energy, circular economy, plastic recycling etc). It is the first project in Russia and one of the first ones in the world that implemented this technology in environmental education.
COP24 became the second time when Ecopolis was presented at the international arena – the first presentation took place one year ago, at COP23 in Bonn. There is a hope that the project will be scaled up to the international level and will become a truly global initiative!