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Marnix Academie

Everybody knows about our changing climate, but the exact consequences for the Dutch climate, and even more, the arctic regions remain unclear. Where will the polar bears go when the ice melts, and where will penguins live? Also, will we eventually forget how icy cold temperatures were during Nansen’s famous Greenland crossing more than 100 years ago? In short, there is much to learn.

Therefore we started, in cooperation with students of an Education academy (Marnix Academie/ PABO), an educational program for elementary school children. This allows us to reach both these students but also children of a very young age.
Please read some questions/answers (in Dutch) from young students to the team
“The theme of climate change in general, and this project in particular, not only deserves our support, but above all the support of the future generation!”

The specific program will receive input from the Arctic Centre of the University of Groningen and furthermore, contacts have been made with the Dutch department of the International Polar Year (NWO in The Hague), the IPY Youth Steering Committee and the HIER climate campaign.
Marnix Academie website
IPY Netherlands website

Marnix College

About the Marnix College

The Marnix Academie is based in Utrecht, the Netherlands and is a college for professional education with more than 1200 students and circa 130 members of staff. Their aim is to provide, among others, innovative education, developmental education and learning in practice. Graduates who are required to be flexible, are prepared to cope with new developments, new demands and possibilities. Taking on the job of teaching young children to become “climate neutral” or, in other words, to be as efficient with energy as possible, resembles just one of their qualities (see HIER campaign for further information regarding the climate neutral aspect).

Sustainable development in higher education

Marnix Academie

The Marnix Academy is part of DHO. DHO, the Dutch national network for sustainable development in higher education curricula - was initiated in 1998. Currently, more than 1000 educators and management staff within higher learning institutes, key persons within NGO's, companies and governments actively take part in the network. Apart from its members in the Netherlands, DHO collaborates with international partners in North and South.

DHO aims to develop learning opportunities, innovative learning environments and methodologies within higher education that enable individuals to develop competences on sustainable development. More specifically, DHO aims to stimulate such opportunities for all students within institutes of higher learning in the Netherlands.

This means that students have:

Sustainable development in the vision of DHO is a global, future-oriented concept, encompassing ecological, economic and social development. Participation of, and knowledge-sharing between various stakeholders is thereby essential.
DHO website

Arctic Centre

About the Arctic Centre of the University of Groningen.

The Arctic Centre will support the Marnix Academie in developing the educational program by giving advice and scientific background information.

In the winter of 1970, a group of scientists of the University of Groningen founded the Arctic centre to stimulate the study of languages and cultures of arctic and sub-arctic peoples. However, eventually archaeologists, biologists and geographers who joined the centre, created a wider scope. Besides being a platform for polar research in the Netherlands, it also developed “a multi-disciplinary research program aimed at getting a better understanding of the arctic environment and its use by people in past and present times”. Only recently the Antarctic regions were included as a an area of study.

Nowadays, the Arctic Centre provides information for polar research in the Netherlands and part of this research is carried out at the centre itself.
Arctic-centre website

The Arctic Centre is involved in and collaborating with the following institutes:

International Arctic Science Committee (IASC), Arctic Council on Conservation of Arctic Flora and Fauna (CAFF), pollution (AMAP) and Sustainable Development Working Group (SDWG).

The Arctic Centre is also represented in the Interdepartementaal Polair Overleg (IPO), the Committee of Antarctic research (CAO) and the National Scientific Committee for Antarctic Research (SCAR).