“E-CO-FOOT” - use of ecological footprint in education

  • László Németh
  • Zsófia Varga
  • Ágota Farsang
  • István Borzsák


Sustainability is key to the future of mankind. Most of the sustainable development goals, defined by the UN are strongly related to the ecological footprint, which measures human demand on nature, expressed as a single, easy-to-understand number that is scalable from an individual to a global level. The use of this simple measure in education is being promoted by an international team of several institutions, by developing digital tools for both online and offline education under an Erasmus+ scheme. The main aim of the project is providing children aged 10-18 with sound knowledge about global ecological problems and conscious consumption using innovative methods in several European languages. The first results of this cooperation facilitating ecological education by using new digital skills on modern and widespread devices (smartphones with GPS) as well as the ways it can be integrated into different subjects according to the national curricula are presented in this paper.