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Student innovation teaches children about sustainability

Students within the master’s programme in Environmental Studies and Sustainability Science (LUMES) have created a card came for children about the different sustainability issues connected to the lake Vombsjön and its surroundings. The game was developed within the course, Knowledge to Action (K2A), where students get to apply their knowledge to real world problems.

– We developed a card game which can be used to teach children about the many sustainability issues related to the lake Vombsjön, and what we can do to increase the water quality of the lake, says LUMES student Valeska Götz.

The card game "Finns i Vombsjön" is an educational and intergenerational tool, teaching children about different sustainability issues, such as littering, individual sewage systems, agriculture, pesticide use in private gardens etc around the lake Vombsjön.

– It was important for us to develop something that would have a long-lasting impact. Instead of just teaching children about the issues in class at school, we have developed a game which can be used over a long period of time and between different generations. You can play it at school as well as at home with your younger siblings or with your grandparents, says LUMES student Malia Menard Elder.

Vombsjön is part of Vombsjösänkan in the south of Sweden, which candidates to become a UNESCO biosphere. A Unesco biosphere is an area with high cultural-historical and biological landscape values. The aim is to function as model areas for sustainable development. 

The game was developed in collaboration with the organization ARNA (Art & Nature) and the project Ung SciShop. Ung SciShop aims to develop a new kind of citizen platform for young people in a biosphere reserve, to contribute to increased knowledge about how research works to solve different sustainability challenges.

The game will be presented at the upcoming Biosphare conference “Mötesplats biosfär” in October. The students also participated and presented the game at the Biosphare festival in Skåne in September.

About the Biosphare conference

Mötesplats Biosfär is the first national biosphere conference that aims to strengthen the link between knowledge development, practice and policy. The conference is held 10 - 12 October 2022 in Skåne and in Västerbotten – a part of Sápmi, as a joint hybrid conference.

The conference is organized by Unesco’s Man and Biosphere Programme in Sweden, Lund University, Umeå University and SLU in Umeå, in collaboration with the biosphere reserves Kristianstads Vattenrike and Vindelälven-Juhttátahkka and the biosphere candidacy Vombsjösänkan.

Read about the conference here

About the Knowledge to Action Course

Knowledge to Action is a master's course within the LUMES programme at Lund University Centre for Sustainability Studies (LUCSUS). The course gives deeper knowledge of sustainability science and the role of transdisciplinarity in understanding and leading to sustainable societal transitions.

The course concentrates on learning opportunities that expose students to real-world settings with societal actors such as municipalities, organisations, companies and/or communities where students actively partake in the design, implementation and evaluation of a project.

More information about ARNA and Ung Scishop 

Students in the Knowledge to Action project Finns i Vombsjön

Valeska Götz
Sahana Subramanian
Karolina Ek
Malia Menard Elder
Josefin Sjöberg
Anna Nohed