The environmental education project has made stops in Belo Horizonte, Lima and New York.
Yes I Can is the environmental education project promoted by the Ricrea consortium in collaboration with the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation. In 2021/2022, for the first time, the initiative will involve the Italian Education System in the World, thanks to a series of meetings with Italian schools abroad.
The meetings are being chaired by journalist and documentary filmmaker Luca Pagliari, an expert on environmental protection. Using a storytelling-based format, Pagliari gets students and teachers involved in a group discussion exploring various aspects of steel packaging recycling.
After Madrid and Bogotá, on April 5, 2022, Pagliari, together with Roccandrea Iascone (communications manager for the Ricrea consortium), met the students and teachers of three Italian state schools abroad on Zoom: the Istituto Italo Brasiliano Biculturale Fondazione Torino in Belo Horizonte, with coordinator Riccardo Cassoli; the Colegio Antonio Raimondi in Lima, with teacher Barbara Carletti; the Scuola d’Italia G. Marconi in New York, with director of the Italian Consulate General’s Education Office in New York Annavaleria Guazzieri.
The meetings gave participants the opportunity to discuss values related to sustainability and recycling, combining environmental education with attention to language, culture, visions and practices emerging in different geographical contexts. There were many questions about steel recycling processes in Italy (the leading European country in the field, with 79% of packaging consumed being sent for recycling) and in the other countries involved in the international tour.
Together they discussed personal responsibility for the environment, the circular economy, career paths focused on sustainability and the relationship between technology and progress. The students’ interventions underlined the importance of language as a lever for a new awareness and a change of perspective (from the concept of “waste” to that of “resource”). In the process, a key role to play was identified for educational and awareness-raising programmes.