Climate change is one of the greatest challenges and threats of the 21st century. A considerable share of climate-damaging greenhouse gas emissions and deforestation is caused by livestock farming (ESPAS report 2019: 9). While sustainable action is already highly valued by learners, it is often not firmly anchored in the core curricula of schools yet. This is where the Erasmus+ funded project Agricultural Policy and Sustainability in Vocational Education (AGRIPOL) steps in. In order to illustrate the diverse influences of our lifestyle on the climate and to open up alternative options for action, the AGRIPOL team is developing a blended learning training course for vocational school teachers based on the UN's Sustainable Development Goals. In addition, video clips, teaching material and learning modules are made available. These are freely accessible and can be used in the classroom.
With the topics of agricultural policy and sustainability, the project targets both the individual behavioral level and the structural level. Taking into account didactic principles such as problem and lifeworld orientation, it deals specifically with the effects of the Common EU Agricultural Policy (CAP). This will be newly decided in 2021 and serves as an object of investigation for learners to understand the background of political decisions, to critically evaluate their effects and to recognize the value of sustainability.
Therefore, core objectives of the project are:
•    Improvement of competence, critical thinking in vocational students
•    Training teachers and vocational students to become 'factors of change'
•    Addressing problems on a structural level that need to be solved within the European context in order to achieve the sustainability goals
•    Redesigning the curricula in the green professions at vocational schools with a stronger focus on resource preservation
In the design of the blended learning training, special emphasis is placed on European cooperation. The team consists of experts from four European countries who will ensure the dissemination and implementation of the project results within the European Union.
The primary target group of the project are vocational school teachers who will pass on their newly acquired knowledge to students and institutions. In addition, the project aims to reach vocational students and decision-makers in educational authorities directly.