LUMES is LUCSUS' Master's program in environmental and sustainability science at Lund University and aims to provide knowledge about the interaction between cultural, economic, environmental, political and social dimensions of sustainability.
The questions that the middle school children raised in Ung SciShop during the fall of 2021 inspired six students at the Master's program LUMES to develop a joint project during the spring semester of 2022. With Lake Vombsjön at the center, the students connected local and global water issues in a playful and educational way by developing the card game "Go fish in Vombsjön".
The LUMES project is a fine example of how collaboration between Ung SciShop and Lund University can raise the issues of children and young people and contribute to increased knowledge about both research and sustainable development.
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Read more about Master's program LUMES on the website www.lumes.lu.se
The game is available in both a Swedish and an English version.
Here, the students who created the game Go fish in Vombsjön introduce themselves
I have a deep relationship with nature and I have spent a lot of time outdoors during my childhood. For me, it is important to protect nature and for more people to be able to connect and create their own strong ties to our common environment. I have experience working as an outdoor leader for children's groups and it is both rewarding and developing work. It is when we are children that we are most malleable and I am passionate about giving children a positive experience of being outside and teaching them, and adults, about how important nature is to our life on earth. A game like the one we developed is a fun and interactive way for both children and adults to learn about how everyday choices affect something as important as our drinking water.
Knowledge and education is incredibly important if we are going to be able to solve the climate crisis. I have worked with children and I have really seen how kids are more curious and more open to learn and explore things that adults rarely have. I have also seen how more and more children are not enjoying and spending time in nature the same way I did when I grew up, which saddens me. It is so valuable for yourself and for the environment that people spend time and appreciate nature. So for me, I see this K2A project as a great opportunity to allow and create space for children to learn and connect to nature.
As someone who has always loved working with children and youth, and with a personal connection to the region, I saw the work around Vombsjösänkan as a great opportunity for me to help create real change with likeminded people. I want to inspire kids to think outside the box, and to dream of a better and more sustainable future - something which I hope that we can achieve together through our work and with the development of the biosphere area.
I have always been interested in education and more importantly the role of education in solving our climate crisis. As a child I was encouraged to spend time in nature and that has affected my relationship with nature and empowered me to fight for its survival. I also spent 6 months in Southern India with an educational NGO called wasteless. There I saw how engaging the youth impacts both children and parents and enables change. I am excited to be able to work on this K2A project and see how ARNA and the Biosphere may help repair our broken relationship with our environment.
Coming from a country where people have a very different relationship with nature, I am interested to see the Swedish side of things. I am especially interested to learn more about the development of the biosphere area in Vombsjösänkan and to know whether similar steps can be taken in other regions around Sweden and the world. I also think it is very important to include creative ways of learning in school curriculums and I look forward to being able to do this through our K2A project.
Coming from a different country, I am very interested in learning more about the Swedish approach, education system and the process of establishing a Biosphere reserve in the Vombsjösänkan region. By showing children that staying curious, taking care of nature and connecting with one's environment is a very important and enriching experience, I hope to engage children in the sustainable development of their future. I want to inspire children to think outside the box and realise that moving and studying in another country is just one of the many opportunities that can open up for them.