Ecological literacy offers a participatory, experiential, action oriented and interdisciplinary approach to learning, alternative to the didactic education process. As such it is founded on the integration of  emotional, social and ecological intelligences which nourishes active learning through creative thinking, feeling, experimenting and capability building. In other words this education, nourishes the competencies in knowledge and critical thinking; the capacity to apply knowledge and skills to practical application and engagement; and developing curiosity and empathy for the well being of the earth and all living things. Our eco-literacy training courses and seminars encourage participants to understand;  

  • How our life styles and the changing ecological and climate systems interact and how personal choices can make a difference.
  • The  global, national and regional  agendas on sustainable development and sustainability.
  • The various projects and good practices undertaken in İzmir region and across the world  for sustainable  livings.  



Some of the recent training/seminars undertaken on eco-literacy are as follows:   


  1. EcoliteracySeminars I and II:  Understanding the Language of the Earth  

In collaboration with the The Mediterranean Academy of the Municipality of Izmir, academicians and teachers from Zeytince Association and Olive Academy (“Zeytin Okulu”), have been organizing and delivering       Ecological-Literacy Seminar Series for the citizens of Izmir each year since 2018.

  1. Ecological Literacy Training:  Olive Knows in Its Own Way

The aim of this Project was to provide ecological literacy education to university students on economics major at Ege University / Izmir, in order to contribute to the enhancement of their capacity to have a deep understanding and learning on ecological issues and human’s impacts on natural systems. The Project (2017-2019)  was undertaken in collaboration with Ege University / Izmir, financed by TUBITAK  (The Scientific and Research Council of Turkey) and carried out by the academics and teachers of Zeytince Association. 50 students from undergraduate and graduate levels at department of economics of Ege University were given ecological literacy training that lasted for 9 months. Training activities took place at the Olive Academy, the Training Center of Zeytince Association, situated at Inecik / Karaburun, and at various villages of Karaburun. The trainings enabled the students to rethink the  theoretical concepts such as natural resources and systems and thus was expected to foster the uptake of sustainable lifestyle practices both in their individual and professional lives.

Training activities were designed to foster active learning and around the theme of olive. During the training courses students were able to:

  • Meet the monumental olive trees on the olive grove route
  • Pick olives; observe and participate in oil pressing and in olive chemistry processes
  • Taste local food, olive oil, learn by experiencing the entire journey of the olive oil
  • Participate in the manufacturing of soap with the narcissus (nergis) scents.

Participate various workshops and lectures on various themes  ranging from  economics and ecology to philosophy, astronomy.