Education

Environmental education explains how natural environments function and, in particular, how human beings can seek to manage their behaviour and ecosystems in order to live sustainably. It refers not only to education within the school system but also to all efforts to educate the public. We consider educational awareness of utmost importance and devote a major part of our efforts to creating a better and more sustainable environment.

KidsZone

Welcome to our KidsZone area where you can find loads of cool facts and important information about Gibraltar’s local environment.

Gibraltar has a unique environment which can be found nowhere else in the world. This makes us, and the place we live in, VERY special.

Did you know that Gibraltar’s Monkeys are the last primate in Europe living in the wild?

How about the fact that hidden wonders lie in our waters, including fantastic coral reefs?

Humans have built, and live, on most of Gibraltar’s land. Although we may not realise it, there is a lot of life that shares this space with us. Click on any of the pictures below to find out more about some of the interesting wildlife we can find in Gibraltar:

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World Environment Day

World Environment Day is a chance to reconnect with nature and celebrate the places that matter most to you. 

World Environment Day (WED) is the biggest, most globally celebrated day for positive environmental action.  The celebration of WED began in 1972 and has grown to become one of the main vehicles through which the United Nations encourages positive action for the environment.

Through WED, the UN Environment Programme (UNEP) acknowledges our responsibility to care for the Earth and  reminds us of our individual power to become agents of change. 

Each year, a new theme is chosen to highlight and raise awareness on a critical environmental issue. Participants, young and old, organise clean up campaigns, art exhibits, tree-planting drives, and concerts, dance recitals, recycling drives, social media campaigns and different contests themed around caring for the planet.

By 2050, if current consumption and production patterns remain the same and with a rising population expected to reach 9.6 billion, we will need three planets to sustain our ways of living and consumption.  Raising awareness of environmental issues and working towards a more sustainable future has never been more important.

WED was celebrated locally for the first time in 2004 and has now become an annual event in the Department’s Agenda.  Each year the Department visits schools and gives presentations on the WED theme of the year. An event is held on the 5th of June to commemorate the day..

For further information please visit the UNEP World Environment Day page

 

WED through the years

2009

WED 2009

2010

WED 2010

2011

WED 2011

2012

WED 2012

European Mobility Week

Since 2002 EUROPEANMOBILITYWEEK has sought to influence mobility and urban transport issues, as well as improve public health and quality of life. The campaign also gives people the chance to explore the role of city streets, and to experiment with practical solutions to tackle urban challenges, such as air pollution.

EUROPEANMOBILITYWEEK is the most widespread campaign on sustainable mobility in the world. It takes place every year from the 16th – 22nd September. The aim of the campaign is to encourage local authorities throughout Europe to introduce and promote sustainable transport measures and to invite their citizens to try out alternatives to car use. The week culminates in the ‘In Town Without My Car!’ event where participating cities set aside an area solely for pedestrians, cyclists and public transport for a whole day. 

In the 2013 Environmental Action & Management Plan, HMGOG committed to becoming an official participant in EMW by complying with the three principal requirements:

A week of activity: a week of activities and events that celebrate the EMW theme

Permanent measure: implementation of at least one practical, long-term measure that encourages people to opt for sustainable modes of transport

Car-free day: involves the closure of at least one road/street to cars. There is no set street length that must be closed but it should be substantial enough to show participants the benefits of having the area as a safe public space.

European Mobility Week Poster 2017

Past Campaigns

Strengthening local economies is a universally popular goal, but one that many feel lies outside of our control as individuals or communities. Research shows, however, that by making smarter mobility choices we can notably boost public finances. 

Studies indicate that cities that promote sustainable transport are at a significant economic advantage over those that favour traditionally fuelled cars. People who travel by active transport modes, such as walking and cycling, are not only more productive at work, they also take fewer sick days and spend less time on average in the doctor’s office. 

The Department of the Environment & Climate Change organised an ‘In Town Without My Car Day’ on Sunday 18th September. Line Wall Road was closed to motorised traffic for the day and a cycle safety course, treasure hunt and other activities were held on the day

What’s happening this year?

Conscious Eating Campaign

Food, like many commodities, is often taken for granted in modern society and many of us are not aware of the huge impacts that food production has on our environment.  There are a number of factors involved in food production and consumption that have detrimental impacts on the environment, human health and livestock; including issues such as biodiversity loss, soil erosion, desertification, deforestation, water use, water pollution, energy use, climate change, use of pesticides and herbicides, overexploitation, animal welfare and use of antibiotics.

For further information on the Conscious Eating Campaign, please click on the link below.

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