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Environment Online

Howspace accelerates the growth of Environment Online’s international school climate movement

Environment Online in brief:
Type of organization: Association
Use cases:
Communities & Associations, Facilitating workshops & events

Challenge

Environment Online (ENO) is an international network of schools and communities coordinated from Joensuu, Finland. In May 2019, ENO planned an event of considerable scale—230 teachers and students from around the world were invited to Joensuu and Helsinki for a World Summit of Students for Climate, aiming to establish a worldwide climate agreement for schools and students.

Solution

Howspace was selected to support the event, and all participants, including teachers and 14-17-year-old school representatives, were invited to a digital workspace to do pre-work before the forum.

Results

  • Successful engagement before the event: Participants shared video presentations, participated in facilitated discussions, and performed pre-activities on the Howspace platform before they met in Helsinki. “We would not have been able to build the climate agreement from scratch within a week if we had not started to get to know each other and discuss virtually before the event. Even though we were strangers on different continents and no separate training was arranged for the use of the platform, over 95% of those invited also participated in the work digitally,” Kaija Saramäki, facilitator of the ENO summit, explains. 
  • Global co-creation: The content of the final climate agreement came from votes arranged in Howspace. The collaboration resulted in the Climate Agreement of Schools 2019–2025, which has to date been signed by over 450 schools around the world. The goal is to capture more than 3 million tonnes of carbon dioxide from the atmosphere by 2025. The signatory schools agree to either plant at least half a hectare of trees per year or to organize fundraising events to support the planting.

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