The NGO community in Denmark is working to make the buzzword “green sustainable habits” into an everyday habit of all citizens. FO-Aarhus is among these organizations working towards making sustainability not just a buzzword but a practice for all citizens in Aarhus.
On 26 October 2023, FO-Aarhus held a seminar for adult education teachers and NGO personnel working on climate issues on the Green Step method of how to get everyone on board the green sustainable habits. In this event, FO-Aarhus presented a curriculum and a handbook for trainers. Professor Sanne Østergaard Nielsen from the Aarhus Business College was the guest speaker, and contextualized the efforts in promoting sustainability – at a local, national and global level – among our citizens and related it with the UN Sustainable Goals.
Professor Østergaard-Nielsen presented the context of why we should act now to ensure our planet’s existence. She presented both the civic and business perspectives: why it is important for businesses to think green/sustainable, if it is to survive. The lecture proved highly successful, and the participants thought that the lecture was relevant and were very much engaged in the discussion.
An invitation was sent to more than 200 individuals and organizations that have a strong interest in sustainability strategies and adult education. A total number of 25 individuals participated in the event composed of NGOs working on environment issues, volunteers for the environment, adult educators, trainers, and private citizens. The invitation was open to all citizens of Aarhus who are interested in climate change and sustainability and how they can influence others to make green choices in their everyday lives.
Finally, after enjoying some refreshments, attendees had the opportunity to engage in networking and pose additional questions to Professor Østergaard-Nielsen.