Our project is a part of the environmental education in schools in answer to the 2020 EU priorities and aims at educating our students about energy-related problems.
The focus is on the renewable energy sources such as solar, wind, biomasses, hydro, and geothermal. All represent the major contributors to the transition to the low carbon economy in order to reduce pollution and improve energy security.
Our three countries are deeply influenced by the climatic changes due to wrong habits and we are trying to react differently, giving more importance to solar and wind plants on the Balearic Islands and hydrothermal, biomasses and geothermal in Lombardy. Sweden are the avant guard and is on course to reach one of its renewable energy targets 12 years ahead of schedule.
Thanks to the work of cooperation and exchange of “good practices” from each country we aim at
• raising awareness among the youth, their families and the public about the importance of a sustainable energy supply.
• reducing environmental damages caused by using fossil fuels, and trying to positively change our behaviour on this issue.
• collecting and distributing educational materials on a mindful use of renewable energies.
• designing and promoting an “environmental ad campaign for social purposes” through presenting best practices not only in our areas but in other European countries.
• preparing eco-sustainable touristic packages to be used in the dissemination activities.
The first year of the project is devoted to improve our students’ knowledge about climatic changes and renewable energies. They learn about energy-related problems and how they can change their own lifestyles to limit environmental damages caused by the daily use and abuse of energy.
As the decision-makers of tomorrow we empower them to make the right choices using an engaging approach. The activities aim to generate greater enthusiasm for clean energy by encouraging interaction and exchanging good practices between the three countries and getting information from others using eTwinning, to get in touch with other schools, and social networking, to get in touch with environmental organizations.
They will start from a survey on the negative effects of pollution and the climatic changes in each countries. They will study and compare legislations and fiscal incentives of the three countries and of the European Union. They will visit plants and study the potential environmental benefits of the renewable energy sources.
During the second year they transfer the acquired information, knowledge and good practices by creating a social awareness campaign whose aim will be to warn people against dangers caused by pollution to their health, to raise awareness about the necessity of changing our lifestyles and becoming more and more environmentally friendly, to make the public more sensitive towards the necessity of making a smart use of renewable sources, to inform them about public, scientific projects and social activities. They will use different media from the traditional posters, leaflets, flyers, banners, on board advertising, mobile advertising to the “new digital media and new social networks” such as the internet, Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, YouTube, blogs, banners.
Some students in each country will have the possibility to have a short term mobility in the partner country. There they will have the opportunity to study the environmental problems and the renewable sources in depth and they will collaborate with partners working on the creation the future “ad campaign”, “the ecofriendly corner” and the project website. They will create some packages of sustainable ecotourism to be used in their schools and communities.