School climate change awareness campaign implemented by environmental and youth NGOs
Ilmari, a climate change and energy information project, aims to enlighten primary, secondary and vocational school students and teachers about climate change and their role as human beings; young people shall be involved in conversations and receive support in their projects. During five years, there have been over 800 school visits all over Finland. 30 000 students have heard about their issues and there has been training for two hundred volunteer climate envoys. According to the evaluation report in spring 2005, school visits have been successful in strengthening young people’s awareness. 38% of secondary school students and 18% of vocational school students have become more aware about the climate situation. Half of the students considered themselves to be informed enough to work against the climate change. Since then, experiences from this project have been used in other school visiting projects due to the successful concept of Ilmari and how NGOs work together.