For the sake of the climate

Højskole tur i den danske natur

writer icon Kristine Hanson     FFD   |   Sustainability     🕐 15. Feb. 2019

An increasing number of Danish 'folk high schools' are now giving up their usual long distance student trips, for the benefit of the climate.

According to Ole Buch Rahbek, who is deputy head of the Folk High Schools Association [Folkehøjskolernes Forening], more and more folk high schools are forgoing air travel to help accommodate the climate.

One of the folk high schools that has made the change, is Vestjyllands Højskole from the town of Velling. They used to take regular trips to Cuba, but have since replaced their global travels with a new destination, the local Danish island, Fanø. 

“It's hard to be a green high school and be all for flight travels. But it's also about showing the students that the good life and sustainability can easily go hand in hand" says Rebecca Kaagh Nordbo, a teacher at Vestjyllands Højskole.

A teacher of ours, lives on Fanø. This teacher can give a unique insight into Fanø - both from an artistic dimension, but also [of] nature and the story of the island community”, Nordbo continues. 

It is not more difficult to get new students to sign up, even when the programs no longer advertising exotic travel destinations. In fact, choosing to have more local travels destinations actually attracts a lot of young people, clarifies Ole Buch Rahbek.

Rahbek does, however, also note that there must still be room for folk high schools that offers long distance student trips, and where flights are a likely means of transport to getting there.

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