EQPF believes that inspiring children and young people to care about the environment is key to a sustainable future. We have engaged in education projects covering a wide array of topics, including chemicals, energy, water, forests and climate change.
Voices of Future Generations
Since 2015, we have been the representative of the Voices of Future Generations(VoFG) Initiatives in Asia. The VoFG is a calling for Child Authors all over the world to write stories relating to the Sustainable Development Goals, children’s rights and the future they want. The best stories are published as picture books and translated into the six official languages of the UN. This is an unprecedented opportunity for children to share their ideas on a sustainable future. As a goodwill ambassador, EQPF calls for children all around the world to write their stories in Chinese. For more information: http://voicesoffuturegenerations.asia. This initiative was launched by the World Future Council in partnership with the Centre for International Sustainable Development Law, UNESCO, UNCRC, UNEP, IUCN, Trust for Sustainable Living, and the Office of the Commissioner for Fundamental Rights Ombudsman for Future Generations.
Through advocacy and investigation, EQPF has strongly advised the government to control endocrine disrupting substances and persistent organic pollutants (POPs).
We could be exposed to these chemicals through air, food, water, physical contact and other means throughout our daily life. Once they enter into human or animal bodies, they can be easily absorbed and stored in fatty tissues. More than 95% of human exposure is through our diets; therefore, a balanced diet could help lower the risk of excessive amounts of these chemicals in our bodies.
Since 2000, we organized 6 conferences on environmental hormones and POPs. Dioxin calculator is also announced to the public. Through the analysis performed by the dioxin calculator, we will have a better understanding in how much we expose ourselves to dioxins in one week; at the same time, the analysis result will be compared to the average weekly amount of dioxin taken by 1 person in Taiwan. A “dieting suggestion sheet” will follow to give us some advices to a better “non-toxic healthy life”.
In 2011, the government of Taiwan passed an environmental education law that requires high school students and public servants to receive four hours of environmental education per year. As the population of Taiwan is concentrated in urban areas, most students have grown up separated from nature, and may not understand the natural value of our forests. In order to narrow the gap between young people and nature, EQPF organized an environmental education tour of forests.
EQPF conducted tours to get children thinking about how forests relate to climate change adaptation. We created teaching materials to guide students in understanding climate change adaptation and forest ecology issues. Children learned about cases of adaptation in forests, forest preservation and the use of forest resources and disaster prevention. We visited more than 20 schools in the South and East of the country, where there is more forest cover, in an effort to reach children for whom this information would be the most relevant.
Partnering with Coca-Cola, EQPF has toured elementary schools throughout Taiwan to help children learn about the effects of climate change on water and how to adapt to them. We have traveled across the country, including to outlying islands, reaching more than 300 elementary schools.
We designed and produced a variety of educational materials and flipped the classroom, allowing children to take the lead in understanding the impact of climate change on water. The children gained a renewed appreciation of this valuable resource and began thinking about climate change and extreme weather events, so that they can be ready for the future.
We also developed water policy guidelines and self-assessment tools for schools. We then selected three elementary schools and provided them with JW permeable concrete to improve water management.
In responding to climate change, we are not limited to mitigation by reducing carbon emission levels; adaptation is also important. In creating a well-coordinated response, it will be crucial to use weather information services to prepare for extreme weather events, improve climate resilience, and reduce losses from disasters.
Our climate change program visited nearly a hundred primary schools throughout all nine counties, introducing children to the concept of adaptation and stimulating new ways of thinking about climate change.
EQPF and Philips (Taiwan) Corporation launched the Ten Thousand Green Lights Program and Greenlight Seed Program. Ten thousand energy efficient fluorescent tubes were donated to primary schools in remote areas of Taiwan.
We selected classrooms in various schools around the country to receive energy-efficient lighting. A total of 10 schools were selected for the program.
We are continuing to promote the conversion to energy-efficient lighting in schools. There are a total of 2,651 primary schools in Taiwan, with 61,649 classes. If Taiwan's primary schools switch to energy efficient lighting, electricity consumption can be reduced by 15 million kWh, and CO2 emissions by 10,000 tonnes.