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Time to Seed a Future


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Join this course to learn how to engage your students in conservation real-life dilemmas while teaching them basic scientific concepts, and by using equal and democratic interactive powers of TiME resources ( At the end of this course, your class or group will become actively involved in protecting biodiversity hotspots around the world. By engaging students in discussions about these issues and providing them with opportunities to take action, you can help them understand the importance of protecting biodiversity hotspots and the role they can play in conservation efforts.

You can follow the course at your own pace. We will open one module at the beginning of each week, but there are only a few deadlines you need to pay attention to (those for the quizzes and/or the peer-review activity).

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Learning objectives

  • Learn how to bring the topic of climate change and its impact on ecosystems to your students
  • Be able to discuss conservation dilemmas with students and encourage their involvement in conservation efforts
  • Discover ideas and tools for addressing conservation in the classroom
  • Develop ideas for student-led conservation projects and activities including debates, volunteering, fundraising and engaging local communities
  • Design a lesson plan incorporating ideas from this online course


This course is open to anyone interested in incorporating conservation and climate change education in their teaching.


  • Module 1: Who do We Care For and Why? opens on 03/04/2023
  • Module 2: Conservation in Action opens on 10/04/2023
  • Module 3: From Eco-Anxiety to Eco-Positivity - Radiating the Spirit opens on 17/04/2023
  • Module 4: Building Your Lesson Plan opens on 24/04/2023


In order to receive the certificate, participants have to submit a lesson plan together and evaluate the works of their peers. The lesson plan together with peer reviews will count for 100% of the grade. The overall passing grade is 95%. The final deadline to complete all activities is Wednesday, 10 May, 23:59 CEST.

Note to teachers from Portugal: You can get your successful participation in a European Schoolnet Academy course formally recognised as a valid continuous professional development, and thereby acquire the relevant number of training hours, by sending your certificate to the Conselho Científico e Pedagógico de Formação Contínua (CCPFC) at Rua do Forno, nº 30, 1º andar - apartado 2168, 4700 - 429 Braga, Portugal. For more information, please contact the CCPFC.

Note to teachers from Emilia-Romagna: Per i docenti della regione Emilia-Romagna iscritti alla piattaforma regionale è possibile ottenere, oltre all’attestato rilasciato da European Schoolnet Academy, anche l’attestato rilasciato dall’Ufficio Scolastico Regionale per l'Emilia-Romagna (Servizio Marconi) che attua un'azione di facilitazione ed accompagnamento a questa attività. Maggiori informazioni al link:

Note to teachers from Ireland: It may be possible to count the completion of this course as part fulfilment of any discretionary CPD hours, subject to your school management's approval. Therefore, please enquire with your school management if your participation in this course can be formally recognised. 

Course Staff

Uri Shanas - Course Moderator

Prof. Uri Shanas received a Ph.D. in Zoology from Tel Aviv University. Followed by a postdoc at Columbia University he joined the Department of Biology and Environment of the University of Haifa at the Oranim campus, Israel, and became an adjunct lecturer and researcher at the Arava Institute for Environmental Studies. Published over 60 papers in peer-reviewed journals and served as the head of the department between 2009-2013. During 2007 he was a visiting academic at Massey University, New Zealand and during 2014-15 he was a visiting professor at Portland State University. In addition, to academic activities, he is actively involved in nature conservation in Israel. He co-established the Israel Union for Environmental Defense, and served for 6 years on the board of directors of the Society for Protection of Nature and on the board of the governmental National Park and Reserve Authority, chairing the scientific professional committee. In addition, he served in various committees including MAB (UNESCO), LTSER, and chaired the expert committee of the Israeli Green Movement Party. In 2016 he established the international organization, This is My Earth (TiME), which purchases and protects biodiversity hotspot lands around the world and developed a successful K-12 educational program based on the TiME platform.

Jelena Milenkovic - Course Editor

(International Education & Policy / Coordination and Pedagogy) Jelena works as a Project and Pedagogical Coordinator in the FCL/ESEP Department of European Schoolnet (EUN). She is the coordinator of the European Schoolnet Academy. Since joining European Schoolnet in 2018, Jelena worked as an editor, MOOC creator and coordinator for numerous projects, such as Scientix, Google, TIWI, NBS, STE(A)M IT.

Behind the course

This is My Earth is a non-profit, international environmental organization founded in 2016 that offers every citizen of the world an opportunity to protect biodiversity.

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Disclaimer and Copyright

This course was developed by the TiME project consortium. European Schoolnet is not a member of the consortium and is only hosting the course on the European Schoolnet Academy. The TiME project consortium is responsible for the course content.

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    4-5 hours (20h in total)