The Green Steps awareness-raising materials are divided into four sections:
- A virtual tour around a number of locations typically visited in the course of everyday activities.
- Information on 28 topics related to environmental protection and sustainable development.
- A series of 49 factsheets that can be used in educational and group activities.
- An encyclopedia containing information on 232 species common to Central Europe, and to Belarus in particular.
In addition, users can assess their level of awareness regarding environmental and sustainable development issues by playing the interactive game or completing the quiz.
From the main menu screen, users are able to visit nine locations by clicking on the home, school, supermarket, park, lake, transport stop, workplace, town square and library.
The icons at the top of the main menu screen take users directly to the help section, quiz questions, library, topics and locations.
Most of the locations feature a number of interactive spots, which users can discover by moving their mouse over the illustration. By clicking on the hotspots, users can access information and ideas about environmentally friendly and sustainable behaviour, presented through texts, spoken messages and video clips.
By clicking on the chess pieces on the giant chessboard in the town square, users will discover 10 dilemmas. For each of the 10 situations described, a number of conflicting interests and possible solutions are outlined. Users are asked to form their own opinions and present their own point of view. In some cases, the viewpoints of a various community stakeholders (local authorities, the business sector, citizens, environmentalists, car owners, cyclists and students) are presented.
In the workplace, representatives of 12 different professions are illustrated, moving from floor to floor in an interactive lift. Clicking on the figures gives users access to background information; details of the environmental and health impacts of each profession and its contribution to social development; and tips on how to reduce or minimise potential negative impacts.
The library contains a variety of background resources for users of the toolkit:
- An encyclopedia, containing information on 232 species of plants and animals. The information is presented in the form of texts, photographs, video clips, illustrations and sounds.
- Information on 28 topics related to the environment and social development (air, water, soil, biodiversity, urbanisation, noise, waste, chemicals, energy, transport, industry, agriculture, forestry, tourism, climate change, ozone depletion, wetlands, electromagnetic fields, consumerism, health, citizens’ rights, sustainable development, radioactivity, desertification, population growth, poverty, corporate social responsibility, and eco-ethics). In each case, general information is complemented by information specific to Belarus.
- A series of 49 factsheets connected to the 28 topics. These printable pdf files are a valuable resource for group work and educational activities.
- A quiz comprising 77 questions related to the information provided in the toolkit. Each time the quiz is accessed, 10 random questions appear, making it a useful tool for assessing users’ level of awareness both before and after exploring the other Green Steps features.
- Direct access to the texts on the 12 professions.
- Direct access to the 10 dilemmas.
- “What’s that sound?”, a game in which users hear a sound and are asked to decide which animal is responsible for making it.
- Direct access to the complete collection of video clips featured in the encyclopedia and locations sections of the DVD.