Best Projects 2021 features all the nominated entries submitted ‘Submit your Project’ category. All the entries consist of innovative projects run by existing enterprises in the form of businesses, NGOs or informal programs.

Green Chile: a utopia or a possibility? Adolescents responding to Chile's sustainability crises thr

Published on September 29, 2021 um 16:29

Your title/position

Mrs./PhD Student

Type of Enterprise

non-profit organization

Year the ngo or company was founded


Explain your project in details:

Past and present governmental policies in Chile have led to a crisis of sustainability, in particular due to a neo-liberal model for development that overvalues economic growth and development. Chile is in the top ten countries with environmental issues in the world and has 37 documented environmental conflicts, which are related to mining industries. Industrial residues and waste have contaminated the natural environment and diminished the quality of life of the economically disadvantaged people who live nearby. Such examples of unsustainable industrial activities can be a good context for teaching sustainability through science in Chile. The connection of science curriculum with issues surrounding copper mines provides a contextualized example of science in everyday life, while also allowing for critical discussion about how to achieve a sustainable management of natural resources in Chile and how to reduce waste production at both industrial and personal level. This project aims to develop outdoor activities and deliver workshops in Chile that encourage adolescents to critically think about patterns of consumption and production in Chile, and also to raise their voices about it. We plan to seek ways to support their learning about how science can promote sustainability in society, and evaluate whether the curriculum makes a difference toward students opinions about the environment and their ability to make a difference. Throughout both workshops outdoor activities, students will reflect on how it is possible to apply sustainable science on both macro and micro levels in society, for instance in copper mining as well as in management of waste at home. Opportunities for fieldwork and visits to research laboratories will also be part of this work.

Impact of your enterprise on sustainable development

By the end of this work, students will share their conclusions and main ideas on all topics discussed with their school community during a Science for Sustainability Expo. Students will show their ideas on how science supports sustainable production, while also supporting sustainable patterns of consumption as it allows reflection on topics such as waste management at personal and industrial levels. We aim to open this Expo to other schools and stakeholders. Researchers will be invited to this Expo. They will give a talk to the school community about their experience as researchers promoting sustainability through science in Chile. The curriculum materials developed during this work will be shared with interested teachers via the Internet, aiming to support other teachers in integrating sustainability in science teaching. Also, we aim to create a community of practice for promoting education for sustainability. Such community will include teachers, students, principals, parents, and experts.

Your profile as an entrepreneur

I am Denise Quiroz and a chemistry and biology teacher. I am 34 years old, and nowadays I am finishing my PhD study in Science Education. I am really interested in promoting practical ways for including sustainability into education. I truly believe that identifying a viable connection between sustainability and science teaching is a challenge that requires critical reflection of classroom realities and teachers' practices. Then, my pedagogical experience is foundational for addressing this project. Also, this project aims to highlight teachers voices, their experiences and beliefs about what is possible to do in connecting science education and Education for Sustainable Development in the context of a country with free market approach to development such as Chile.

Pedagogical approaches for integrating sustainability into science education

The pillars model for sustainability

Education is key for promoting sustainability

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November 1, 2021 17:40

The price of success is hard work, dedication to the job at hand, and the determination that whether we win or lose, we have applied the best of ourselves to the task at hand.

Your idea is very smart and practical.

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October 25, 2021 19:08

What's the point of being alive if you don't at least try to do something great? You only live once, if you live it right, once is enough.
# climate car
I really support your idea completely.. your idea is unconventional.
never give up

October 22, 2021 19:38

Starting your business is like planting a sapling. First, you have to invest your time and money. Then, you must take care of it while expecting nothing in return. But when your startup blossoms, it makes all the patience and hard work worthwhil.
Your idea is amazing..