Too young to start an environmental newspaper? Not for these high school students!

Seven students at the Allvar Gullstrandgymnasiet ( highschool)  in Landskrona, Sweden, currently goYMP-students, have decided to start an environmental internet-newspaper. It is called Miljöposten på Allvar and can be found at

 Redaktionen ht 15

They read articles about Sustainable Development, about
environmental issues and cool climate-smart inventions, and write about them. They also have a Facebookpage: Miljopostenpaallvar

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In the photo: editorial group, students at the Allvar Gullstrandgymnasiet participating in the go-YMP.

Biodiversity – Juan Amarillo Wetland – Colombia

Colombian students Juan PabloDaniel and Jorge explored the nature area Juan Amarillo’s wetland in Colombia. They classified this area as rich in biodiversity.

They shared with us why:

Talking about animals, the wetland has mammals, birds, reptiles, amphibians and fishes but the class with most species are the birds, being in the top of Juan Amarillo’s food chain. The biodiversity in Juan Amarillo’s wetland is so important that there are migratory animals that live periods of time there, such as the Canadian duck and some migratory bats. There is one typical mammal that lives in the wetland named the “curi” or the Cavia porcellus (same animal). The Cavia porcellus is a member of the order Rodentia, it is not in extinction danger although some neighbors of the wetland hunt it in order to eat it or have it as a pet.

The wetland has great quantities of plants, the majority are water plants such as the Lemna gibba, Juncus Sirpus califirnicus or Limnobium sp, these water plants are the base of the food chain in the wetland with the phytoplankton. As we said before there are a lot of native birds in the wetland, for example: Rallus semiplumbeus that only lives in Cundinamarca and Boyacá (Cundinamarca and Boyaca are “states”. It is like saying “California” and “Florida”). This bird is in extinction danger.

The text above is an extract of three YMP students in their learning journey on sustainable development from their mission on exploring biodiversity in their surroundings.

♦Students: Juan Pablo Arenas, Daniel Reina, Jorge Velasco
Teacher: Martha Cecilia Gómez Tobar
School: Gimnasio Campestre
Location: Bogotá Colombia

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Sustainable Development Glossary A-Z

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This glossary is extracted from the YMP – free distance course on Sustainable Development for students between ages 16-18.  In the YMP youth and their teachers learn and discuss globally about sustainable development while taking local action towards more sustainable societies. YMP is provided in English and is open to students from all countries.

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What can a teacher gain from the YMP? Interview with teacher Belgin Arusoglu. Turkey

Tell me and I forget. Teach me and I remember. Involve me and I learn.” — Benjamin Franklin

Benjamin Franklin´s quote fits what YMP teacher Belgin Arusoglu from School Ozel Fen Bilimleri Anadolu Lisesi in Istanbul, Turkey saw in the YMP. Belgin is the teacher leading the students that have created one of the YMP top projects this year.

Find out why she joined the YMP and what she has gained from this experience.

YMP team Q. How did you know about the YMP?

Belgin:3 years ago I learned about the YMP from a friend. She joined the YMP as a teacher and attended a YMP Global Environmental Youth Convention.”

YMP team Q. Why did you join the YMP?

Belgin: “Because of my major, I have a background in Biology and I am interested in Environmental Ecology. When I searched the YMP website I liked it, because of its practical approach. While I am teaching my students about ecology I need something active, practical. When I am lecturing about ecology students easily forgot what I say. So, I thought that if the students were engaged in the YMP they would learn by doing and thus they would gain practical knowledge about the environment, they would gain a more lasting knowledge.”

YMP team Q. What have you gained from participating as a teacher in the YMP?

Belgin: “Lots of things! As a teacher tutoring a group of students this way is something different. I gained many teaching qualities because as a YMP teacher I inform the students, I get them together, and encourage them. These kinds of things were new to me and now I’m comfortable with them.

Now the YMP has different feedbacks. It is a step in the right direction. Being honest, I have lots of things to do all during the week, teaching, home, and more, so before, I would not make the time to check the assignments of other students. But in the YMP, teachers are encouraged to give feedback so I read some assignments and I learn so many things from those assignments too. I really enjoy being a teacher in the YMP. I am learning.”

YMP team Q (Paola*) “I am also learning. In the YMP we learn all the time and it is in a very fun way. Even after many years there are always new things happening.”

Belgin: “Yes. Actually, I am going to use the knowledge I gained from the YMP website and from the assignments in my courses while I am teaching ecology. I will bring real examples that I have learned in the YMP to my other students.”

YMP team Q. When do the students find time to work with the YMP?

Belgin: “After school. Our school schedule is from 9am to 4pm. After 4pm our YMP students stay at the school and they work an additional one hour for the YMP sessions.”

YMP team Q. What do you think about the YMP global classrooms?

Belgin: “To have a global classroom is a good idea. Because all students get together on the site and they have the opportunity to get in contact with teachers also.  For example, I have made friends with other teachers from the YMP. I have not got in contact with them actively. But this academic year I am planning to get in contact with them and share projects.”

YMP team Q. Do you have any exceptional experience associated with the YMP?

Belgin: “Being involved in the YMP, is very educational, it teaches so many things to teachers and students. Also, I think that the English level of my students increased while during the program. To get in contact with the world, with other YMP teachers and students is very enjoyable. I like that.”

YMP team Wonderful!

Thank you Belgin


* Interview conducted and reported by Paola Mendoza – YMP Team.

What is the YMP? It is the Young Masters Programme on Sustainable Development, YMP, a free global web-based education and learning network. It is open for school students 16–18 years old and their teachers. Find more at

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Builders or destructors of the upcoming generations

My YMP-Story: Mandar Shah – St Kabir School, Gujarat, India

I would like to thank you all for bringing up such a wonderful course or rather I would say Experience.

YMP or the Young Masters Programme on Sustainable Development proved to be a significant headway in my life. YMP platform made me present my perception on a global platform. In the beginning of the programme I thought continuously about the Diploma but later my thinking changed and I involved more in learning rather than recognition. It changed the course of my thoughts and aligned them the way it should be. It has brought me up to feel the joy even of the smallest butterfly fluttering around me and even made me feel sorry about the problems faced by our planet.

This course gave me such kind of knowledge which will remain with me throughout life and also granted me a space to express my views freely. It changed my perspective about everything around me and also made me to learn about what I see. It made me think more and act whenever needed. I am glad that the YMP course has some difficult missions which proved to be challenging, but these challenges finally led to new learning. It made me realise that either we are the builders or we are the destructors of the upcoming generations and also gave me courage to express myself.

All in all, my YMP experience was remarkable and I assure the team that i will pass my knowledge to others.

Yours Truly,

Mandar Shah, Gujarat, India

Student group 12:184 – Project group 13:2

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