Global Schools for Local Action

Ensuring a sustainable future means making informed choices and taking actions in the present. For schoolchildren and youth today, learning about nature and discovering ways to protect and conserve it are the first steps to achieving this future.

Global Schools for Local Action is a virtual classroom exchange that engages students in examining environmental and sustainable development challenges in their communities and shaping their own solutions for addressing these challenges.

Note: This area will be continually updated with new projects and new comments.

Find out what environmental and sustainable development issues concern young people in diverse regions across the globe. Explore the original projects that students have developed to address their concerns, and see also comments, questions, and answers posted by students, teachers, and others. And, share your own ideas to foster positive action for nature.

For school groups interested in joining this virtual classroom exchange, please contact the East-West Center. Email:

Take Ten

In the projects showcased here, students use photos to craft a visual story about a sustainable development issue they want to do something about. These “Take Ten” stories offer insights into problems and solutions found in diverse communities, and elicit thoughtful feedback from students, teachers, and others from across the globe. See students’ work here.

Global Collage

Using the common vernacular of snapshots, young learners share what it means to “mālama honua” (the Hawaiian expression for “caring for the Earth”) and how they are practicing it to ensure that the values and actions of mālama honua are embedded in their routines and are an intrinsic part of the life and ethos of their school. See students’ work here.

Going Green

Students examine the dynamics between economic growth and its impact on the environment by looking into prominent or fast-growing local industries or businesses and proposing ways for them to “go green.” See students’ work here.

Shape Your Agenda

These students have decided to propose their own solutions for tackling local environmental challenges via projects that apply local knowledge to mobilize community and social action. See students’ work here.