Myriad studies show that students and young adults are the most active demographic for environmental work. However, classroom teachers largely lack the time and the resources to go beyond basic biology or physics principles. Universities face a similar problem as it can be difficult to dive into niche topics or the socio-economic forces at play in current events.
Environmental and sustainability topics are rapidly changing the political, social and economic reality in China and the world. GEI knows that educating students is the key to making present positive changes last, and making more positive changes in the future. We’re always interested in working with educators, students and parents to empower the next generation of environmental guardians – please be in touch!
April 2016, Beijing, French International School
GEI taught a geography class that expanded student’s awareness of poverty and poverty alleviation. We used cookies and role-play activities to contrast the pros and cons of donation-based aid and in-kind aid.
December 2017, Beijing, Western Academy of Beijing
At WAB’s Global Issues Conference, GEI instructed students how they can use the GEI Method – identifying problems, conducting research, making a pilot project, and submitting policy recommendations. The students plan to use the Method for daily decision making and for devising ways to make their classrooms more environmentally friendly!
Spring 2017, Beijing World Youth Academy
GEI supported a group BWYA high-school students to create a Recycled-materials Fashion Show, that satisfied their community service graduation requirement. GEI shared our project, impact and method for conducting conservation in Qinghai project and shared some of the handicrafts made in the community cooperative! The students gained inspiration from the Qinghai stories and crafts – and even included some of the bags on the catwalk. We were very grateful to have the chance to attend the fashion show and receive donations to our project. It was a beautiful cooperation!
Autumn, Peking University Yenching Academy
“From the Silk Road to the Belt and Road: The conception, strategy and challenges of the Belt and Road to solve China’s overcapacity problems”
In this special 4-session workshop for Yenching Academy, GEI led Yenching Scholars to discuss the challenges and opportunities of China’s foreign policy initiative that intends to transform Asia over the coming decade. Scholars gained a critical perspective that can benefit sectors ranging from business, government, to think-tanks and more.