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Dear Mr. DiCaprio, My name is Sofia Marques, I am an 11th grade student in Dr. Joaquim Gomes Ferreira Alves Secondary School, Valadares, Portugal, and I am writing to you because I need you to know what has been going on in my country, Portugal. It is a country known by its amazing beaches and awesome touristic attractions, but not by what has been happening in some parts of my country, like Pedrógão Grande, especially in summer - the forests fires. Since you have visited places affected somehow by the impacts of climate change, I thought you would be the perfect person to give people a sense of urgency that would make them understand what particular solutions are going to solve this problem. Therefore, let me explain the situation: every summer in Portugal, people die because of the forest fires. However, this year, so far, has been the worst. On June 17th (Saturday), a huge fire started that included 7 days of exhaustive work, panic, pain, loss, sadness and anger to everyone that live in that area and the firefighters that extinguished that fire. The cause of the initial fire near Pedrógão Grande was not immediately clear. Officials had suggested that it was started by lightning during a dry thunderstorm, in which lightning strikes but there is no rain. José Maria de Almeida Rodrigues, the national director of the Portuguese police, told Lusa “Everything points very clearly toward natural causes.” Portugal, where summer forest fires are common, had been experiencing a heat wave for several days, with temperatures climbing above 40 degrees Celsius. The initial deadly blaze started on Saturday, and the flames spread along four fronts with great violence, the death toll stood at 61. Half of the people killed died in their cars, after being hemmed in by the flames while driving along a road through the densely forested area between Figueiró dos Vinhos and Castanheira de Pêra, as they were trying to find a way out.


Several houses were destroyed by the flames. Portuguese television showed people scrambling to leave their homes in the early hours of Sunday morning, escorted by firefighters and other rescue teams, as huge flames engulfed hamlets across the dry, cracked terrain. Several roads were cut off by flames and thick smoke as firefighters tried to prevent the fires from spreading. About 1,600 firefighters, assisted by airplanes and helicopters, were working to contain the damage. The police and military units were called in to help, and European Union officials in Brussels activated the bloc’s civil protection mechanism to send reinforcements. Spain sent two planes to help contain the fires. As you can see, this is just an example of what Portuguese people face every single year because of the heat wave we have been experiencing, increased by serve drought that has affected the country for the past 2 or 3 years. Climate change is destroying our home. Scientists have high confidence that global temperatures will continue to rise for decades to come, largely due to greenhouse gases produced by human activities, and we need someone like you to uncover the reality of climate change. “The fate of all humanity is interconnected, but also the power we all possess as individuals to build a better future for our planet.�, as you said. Hope you can came here and talk about the problem we are facing, as an authority figure, so people can actually understand what they have been doing wrong and change it. We are asking you to do this because of the excellent work you have been doing with changing people minds. Thank you! Yours sincerely, Sofia Marques (11D)


André Ferreira nº7 Bruno Gomes nº11 João Bernardo nº19 Pedro França nº22 Vasco Ferreira nº30

Introducing our eco-friendly school


Energy â—‹ â—‹

The lights, projectors and computers are normally turned off when no one is in the classroom. The light bulbs used here are low-energy ones.


Litter ○ ○

Even though there are enough bins, we often see some litter on the school grounds. However, there’s a policy that punishes those who throw litter to the ground.


Recycling â—‹ â—‹

Although inkjet cartridges are not recycled, paper, plastics, batteries, cardboard and stacks are. Some food left-overs are thrown to the compost bin.


Water â—‹

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Unfortunately there are not many water-saving campaigns to teach the community how to save water. In our school here are water savings devices in the school toilets.


Transport â—‹ â—‹

Some parents have a scheme for car sharing to take students to school. We have a school travel plan but is only for students with physical/mental problems.


Healthy Living â—‹ â—‹

Some school students do daily exercise because there are sports facilities that students can use. The food provided in the break times, depending on what you buy, is not always very healthy.


Biodiversity â—‹

Our school has lots of vegetation in pots or in containers but also has plenty of trees and garden plants.


School Grounds â—‹ â—‹

The school has a composter where fruit and vegetables from the garden are composted. We also have shadows and benches, where we can sit to eat or chat.


Our School Margarida Barros Moreira nº21 Vasco Fernandes nº28 José Pedro Barros nº31


Our school is Escola Secundรกria Dr. Joaquim Gomes Ferreira Alves.


Introduction ♦ It´s really no secret education is vital in defining individuals and the way individuals are

defines, in turn, society. Our society is, in fact, what defines the world we live in. How you will be as an adult is, in great part, shaped in your school years. ♦ And so, it is only natural that we, as students and future citizens with the right to vote and participate in the decision which influence our countries and our planet Earth, are worried about the state of education, specially our school. ♦ It is, therefore, a necessity and, above all, a duty for us to think about the things we consider right and wrong, think of ways to correct the downsides and promote the ´nice` side of things, and talk about them, so as to make sure that nothing goes unnoticed or unresolved.


Energy ♌ Energy is vital in nowadays world, but as almost everything done by man, it has to come from a certain place. It is usual for that place to be a powerplant, and those do tend to pollute quite a bit; it is, therefore, a duty for all of us to save energy in every way possible, even with small gestures like turning the appliances and the lights of when we leave the classroom. And that, well, we can proudly say our teachers, as well as students do. Even when we need the projector just for a few minutes, we turn it off.


♦ However, not everything is a bed of roses. When it gets dark, we need lightbulbs which can light up our work, but evidently, those lightbulbs should be as energy efficient as possible. So we enterviewed one of the school assistants. ♦ He told us that the light bulbs are better than some used before, but that they are still not the most efficient. “Why?” we asked. He quickly replies that that is related to both money and technical difficulties. You see, the electrical system can´t suport the light bulbs in an efficient manner, but he gives hope and tells us that when the school´s lightbulbs reach the end of their lifespan the system will be replaced with something far better.


♌ We have also been told that money is also involved in the decision of the products the school uses, since it appears that to the state institutions responsible for funding the school spending less money is better.


♦ Besides this, our school also saves energy due to some very clever solutions. For example, the architect who designed the school conceived it has a very open school, so we have plenty of windows, which makes the need for turning on the lights a lot smaller. ♦ Also, we turn off the computers whenever we don´t use them, which is in fact what we will do after writing this presentation.


Litter ♦ Our school is, generally, a clean place. However, it is sometimes sad to see that some of our fellow collegues are not very respectful, both towards us but also towards the environment. ♦ Naturally, the school staff clean the classrooms and the floor outside the school buildings, but it should not be like this. We have many bins, both inside and outside the school but it just does not seem to work. ♦ Still, we can say that most of us do recycle.


♌ We asked the school principal if there were any plans to replace them but he replied that , more than feeling the need to do so, he thinks the school should be teaching the students about the importance of recycling, just like it has always done. So it is more about education and conscience than about recipients. ♌ Nonetheless, the only clear anti- litter policy is having a broom and a catcher in all the classrooms so that all students remember that whenever they make them dirty, those will have to be cleaned.


Waste/ recycling We used our little interview with the principal to ask him a few questions about some of the materials needed for the school good functioning. A great variety of products like inkjet cartridges, cardboard and papers have to be bought and eventually there comes a time when they are no longer needed. ♌ Fortunately, our school is very conscientious about this, and everything is disposed of in the best way possible. For example, the school assistants save all the cardboard (even those used in the boxes which the canteen uses). ♌


♌ We inquired the principal on how the school decides which products it will by, and those decisions, he told us, are not made by the school but instead by the organisms dependent of the Ministry of Education, which sadly not always go with green products, but instead the cheapest. ♌ It becomes apparent that, many times, even though the school tries to be as efficient as possible, its wings are cut short, and that saving money is more important than anything else, and that contradicts what we are told at school.


♦ We also interviewed the canteen staff and they all told us that, even thought they would wish to see the food waste being used in a good way, that does not happen. We inquired them as to why that is, to which they replied “It makes no sense at all, but those are the rules we are told to follow”. ♦ It is our opinion that there should be some legislation at a nationwide level to garantee that nothing goes unused, as that would allow school to be more friendly and less waste would be produced, since that very same food waste could be used to produce compost.


Water ♦ Unfortunately, we were able to verify that there are only water saving devices in the toilet basins taps in our school. We asked the principal if that would be fixed, but aparently those decisions are made by the company which is responsible for the school´s maintenance. ♦ One downside in our school, which we would truly like to see resolved is the abscence of a true water saving campaign, since we have been here for several years and none has been done yet.


Transport ♌ Our

school doesn’t have a defined travel plan, but there is a bus stop really close to the school, and because we should be green everywhere, the bus also runs on gas, which pollutes less than the average city transportation. ♌ However, when you travel to school using your own car, getting there can be difficult since many other people also do the same. In the morning, getting to school is sometimes very stressful, but we agree that that is beyond the school reach.


Healthy Living ♌ To take care of the environment, people first need to take care of themselves so that they feel well enough to carry on with the struggle to create a greener


Biodiversity ♦ Another area where the school acts perfectly is the biodiversity. We mean, we can’t ask a zoo ( and you shouldn’t be expecting one) but we do have a small lake inside the school yard and a duck usually lives there. Besides that, up until a few months ago we had a dog called Tucha, but sadly, she was getting old and sick and eventually died. Nontheless, we can still count with the fish which exist on the lake. We believe this is truly positive , since it allows the students to have more contact with wildlife than other schools. It is also our opinion that being in touch with animals makes people more conscious about nature.


♌ We also used to have a nice area were plants would be grown by one of the school assistants; however, after she retired this year her post hasn’t been taken. It would be very good if someone did, but apparently that will not happen anytime soon. Still, it is therefore possible to say that our school has a nice advantage when it comes to green spaces.


School Grounds ♦ Since classes usually require us to be very attentive and working, the school grounds should provides with a nice space to relax with our friends in the best conditions possible, and that our school grounds are big enough and have several areas were we can seat with our friends. ♦However, we do not believe this space is being weel used, many times by teachers, since the only class we have outside are physical education. ♦ However, we do understand that such fact is the product of the students behaviour, which would probably not be the best outside; nonetheless, we still would like our teachers to give us a chance.


♌ Just like we mentioned before students like sitting outside, by the trees but we don’t many benches (since the most of them are by the canteen); however, many times this is not a problem since students find other ways to sit, like on the stairs for example. ♌ We have recycling bins which have kept the school clean up to some extent. Students can and should therefore feel happy to have been provided with such great living conditions.


Global Citizenship and Student Participation ♌ As we will became citizens with full rights we will also become citizens with full duties, but from an early stage we should embrace our responsibilities. We and all the students have several ways to do so: to help make the world a little better not just when it comes to the environment, but also people. ♌ Everything we use has to come from somewhere and someone has to produce it. Sadly, not every corporation out there respects the origins of products, with the place suffering with such fact.


♌ School compaigns on this never happen, but we do talk about it in classes. This does not however produce any visible results and it is our opinion that the school falls behind on this.

♌ Compaigns should therefore be run more often and should be shown they are not the only ones living on the and that everything they use has to come from somewhere that someone has to produce it, and that someone are most often people who do not have the possibility to choose what do, and work for a very unfair amount of money.


♦ They also need to know that their planet will suffer because materials will have to come from somewhere, and that most corporations put money ahead of everything else, no matter what they claim. ♦ Students are ,however, fair towards their colleagues and if one has a disability everyone, from teachers to assistents and students will help him/her with that. ♦ Also, we fell proud to say that here nobody is “judged by the colour of their skin bit but by the contents of their character”, as Martin Luther King once said.


♌ We are also told that we should stop harming the environment as much as possible, but nowadays we do not have any field trips in relation with nature, which we used to have, due to complicated ministry directives. ♌ After speaking to our friends we have also reached the conclusion that students do not usually get involved in activities regarding the environment.


A little bit about our school…… ♦ Our school has the name of a famous doctor from the north of Portugal (Dr. Joaquim Gomes Ferreira Alves). ♦ Our facilities are very modern good as our school was renovated just years ago. We have all the facilities we need, but the highlight of the school is the library. There, we can find hundreds of books and computers, which will, in fact are being used by us in our project. Our classrooms are also modern, and we generally do take care of them, as respect is a basic value here.


♦ To conclude this presentation, we want to let everyone know that our school is fantastic, and that we would not trade it for anything. ♦ While it is certain that some things need to be improved, it is also certain that will most likely not happen if don’t stand up and let our voice be heard. It is important for us to start now and if we do so, we will be rewarded in so many rich ways you can’t even begin to imagine.

It’s time to take action!


Introducing our school Our school is located in Valadares, Porto, in Portugal.

It´s a very big school with lots of students, teachers and

assistants. In our school there are lots of classes that are distributed in 4 buildings. In the buildings there are classrooms, a library and a cafeteria. We also have a space that is dedicated to recycling, a football field and a gymnasium.


Litter, recycling and eco-schools programme In our opinion, our school doesn’t have environmental

issues. In our school we have many recycling bins all over the school ground, so the students don’t need to keep their litter or even throw it on the ground. Also, the assistants make us pick up the litter if they see us throwing it onto the floor.


Litter, recycling and eco-schools programme ďƒ˜Our school has an eco-school programme in order to

improve our environmental performance. ďƒ˜ There is one eco-delegate per class who is responsible for keeping the classroom clean and also helps save energy by turning off the lights, as well as all the multimedia gadgets when unnecessary.


Transport ďƒ˜Near our school there is a train station and bus stops.

We can also park our bikes or motorcycles inside school. ďƒ˜The emissions of CO2 can lead to global warming and breathing problems such as asthma. Using public transport instead of private vehicles is a great help to the quality of the air we breathe.


Energy, water and waste  In our school there are some LED lamps that

have the lowest consumption, and, in sunny days, teachers try to open the curtains instead of turning on the lights.  Less energy used means less fossil fuels burned. Fossil fuels are neither renewable nor clean sources of energy. As an alternative to fossil fuels, we have solar panels, so we can obtain electricity from a way cleaner source.  So we can say that most people in our school try not to waste energy, to help with the protection of our planet.


Healthy living, biodiversity and school grounds ďƒ˜ Students can have lunch at the cafeteria or buy

something at the bar. Many people bring their own food because they don't like the food from the canteen or the cafeteria. That's something we'd like to change about our school.


Healthy living and biodiversity ďƒ˜In our school there is a lake where we sometimes can

see ducks and frogs. We also have lots of trees that preserve our health and a greenhouse to grow vegetables.


Our School Escola Secundária Dr. Joaquim Gomes Ferreira Alves

PEIDO

Ana João Nº4

António Nº8

Bruna C. Nº10

Raquel S. Nº24

Sara M. Nº25


Index • The environment • Introducing our school • Eco-schools programme


The environment • We are each and each time more often confronted with the ever growing issue of global warming. Our planet is precious and unique and we can’t just destroy it, but this is happening.


The environment • Protecting the environment, and thus protecting the planet, has to start somewhere. It doesn’t have to be a huge start that involves millions of people or the sudden change of habits of the whole human species. It can start small, like at your school or working place, for example.


Introducing our school • Our school is a good example of energy efficiency and cleanliness. • The hallways barely have any litter such as the outside grounds.


Introducing our school • We have also got a great number of trees and plants that make our white walled school a bit greener. • The lights are often alternately turned on in the corridors, that way, we only waste half of the normal amount of energy regarding lighting. This school has also got a great number of windows that make the use of electric lights a lot less necessary.


Eco-schools programme • Eco-schools is an international programme from the “Foundation for Environmental Education”, developed, in Portugal, since 1996 by ABAE (Associação Bandeira Azul Da Europa). Its intention is to encourage and recognize the quality work developed by the schools.


Eco-schools programme • The progamme is coordinated at an international, national, regional and school level. This multileveled coordination allows for the realization of projects regarding each schools common environment issues. Our school has been enlisted in this programme and now we have the green flag, because we have managed to meet the eco-friendly goals.

https://ecoescolas.abae.pt/


3RD GYMNASIUM OF HERAKLION CRETE, GREECE


3rd Gymnasium of Heraklion Crete C CLASS, 3RD GRADE OF JUNIOR HIGH SCHOOL TIPS FOR SAVING OUR PLANET AND IMPROVING OUR QUALITY OF LIFE by Maria Kokkinidi, Maria Lykaki, Ioanna Zacharou, Eleni Koudoumaliotaki Nowadays our lives have changed a lot after the massive technological development, the aftermaths of two World Wars and the environmental disasters. Therefore, how can we change the quality of our lives and after all change nad improve our world? How can we make our world more ecologically friendly? First of all, the governments have to raise people’s awareness by organizing raising awareness campaigns to promote recycling, increase recycling bins in every city and reward citizens who recycle. Also, we should preserve forests as protected areas and create conservation areas for endangered species. Last but not least, we can install signs that remind people not to pollute the sea and beaches with rubbish. Some other issues that worry us today are poverty and education. The governments of developed countries can take initiatives to send money, food and medicine to help underdeveloped countries. We can also help by informing the public about countries with poverty and hunger issues and organize events like concerts to raise money for charities, which should also support underdeveloped countries. As far as education is concerned, we should increase funding for education and school buildings equipment. We must also have debates with experts, teachers, parents and students to talk about problems that concern them like how an eco-school works effectively. To conclude our planet faces some serious problems and we have to change the present alarming situation by making an effort each one of us individually in little everyday things to achieve it. How can we accomplish real improvement? Only if we are all willing and committed to work together towards that direction!


3rd Gymnasium of Heraklion Crete

C CLASS, 3RD GRADE OF JUNIOR HIGH SCHOOL HOW TO ESTABLISH ENVIRONMENTALLY FRIENDLY COMMUNITIES by Giorgos Katsarakis, Andreas Lianeris, Michalis Livas, Aris Lemonias, Eua Markaki

Nowadays, people do not care about the environment, waste energy and do not respect their natural heritage. There are several actions people can take to save and protect the environment, though. First of all, school buildings should become more environmentally friendly and the educational authorities should make efforts to sensitize students and raise their awareness on ecological matters. For instance, students could turn off the lights every time they leave a class. Moreover, the central heating must be turned off when students do not attend a lesson. In addition, the elevators should be used only in case of students with mobility difficulties. Besides, students and teachers should recycle batteries, paper, plastic and glass. There are also a number of initiatives that every person can take. Firstly, we should reduce the use of cars and motorbikes. We can ride a bike or go on foot instead. Furthermore, we should recycle all materials that can be recycled and not throw rubbish in the streets. What is more, we need to save energy at home by turning off the lights and avoid using the air conditions and electrical appliances unnecessarily. To sum up, there are several actions we need to implement in our school and at home to protect the environment. Only if we all try together can we save the planet and make this world a better place to live.


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GYMNASIO IRAKLIOU KRITIS ONE OF THE MANY JUNIOR HIGH SCHOOLS ON THE ISLAND, ALL OF WHICH ARE PART OF GENERAL OBLIGATORY EDUCATION. CREATED BY LYKOGIANNAKI STYLIANI

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3RD GYMNASIO IS THE BIGGEST ONE IN HERAKLIO • AN URBAN, STATE EDUCATIONAL INSTITUTION OF GENERAL SECONDARY EDUCATION IN HERAKLIO, CRETE.

• WITH ABOUT 600 STUDENTS. • WITH MORE THAN 50 TEACHERS.

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STUDENT PROFILE • AGED BETWEEN 13 AND 15 YEARS OLD. • MAJORITY: GREEK • SOME IMMIGRANTS FROM OTHER COUNTRIES • 25-30 STUDENTS IN EACH CLASS 3


SCHOOL PROGRAMME

• 7 LESSONS DAILY FROM MONDAY TO FRIDAY • START AT 08.15

• FINISH AT 14.10 • EACH LESSON LASTS 40-45 MINUTES • 6 BREAKS OF 5 OR 10 MINUTES IN-BETWEEN THE LESSONS

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EQUIPPED WITH ALL NECESSARY EDUCATIONAL FACILITIES • 2 INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY (COMPUTER) LABS

• 1 CHEMISTRY LAB • 1 LIBRARY • INTERACTIVE WHITE BOARDS

• 1 MULTIFUNCTIONAL ROOM FOR SCHOOL CELEBRATIONS AND PROJECT PRESENTATIONS

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IMPLEMENTATION OF EDUCATIONAL PROJECTS EVERY YEAR WE IMPLEMENT CULTURAL OR ENVIRONMENTAL PROJECTS AIMING AT: • PROMOTING TOLERANCE TO DIFFERENCE

• DEVELOPING CULTURAL DIVERSITY • STRENGTHENING TEAM SPIRIT • ENHANCING SOCIAL COHESION • REINFORCING A EUROPEAN DIMENSION IN EDUCATION 6


RECENT EUROPEAN PROJECT: “EURONET 50 – 50” • PARTICIPATION IN THE EUROPEAN PROGRAM FOR SAVING ENERGY “EURONET 50-50” FROM 2009 TO 2012. • AIM OF THE PROGRAMME: RAISE AWARENESS ABOUT ENVIRONMENTAL ISSUES. • MAIN OBJECTIVE: SAVE ENERGY AT HOME AS WELL AT SCHOOL.

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ACTIVITIES OF THE PROGRAMME

• RECYCLING • SAVING WATER

• SAVING ELECTRICITY • RENEWABLE SOURCES OF ENERGY • VISITS TO ENVIRONMENTAL CENTRES

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EUROPEAN PROJECT “LET’S GO TO SCHOOL IN EUROPE!” 2012-2014 IN THE ABOVE MENTIONED MULTILATERAL SCHOOL PARTNERSHIP PARTICIPATED THE 3RD HIGH SCHOOL OF HERAKLIO CRETE, AND SEVEN MORE EDUCATIONAL INSTITUTIONS FROM THE FOLLOWING COUNTRIES: DENMARK, FRANCE (2 SCHOOLS), IRELAND, RUMANIA, SPAIN AND TURKEY.

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• THE TOPIC OF THE ABOVE MENTIONED EUROPEAN PROJECT HAS BEEN EARLY SCHOOL LEAVING AND THE MAIN OBJECTIVE HAS BEEN THE EXCHANGE AND DISSEMINATION OF GOOD PRACTICES FOR THE PREVENTION AND THE REDUCTION OF SCHOOL DROPOUTS. ALL PARTNER SCHOOLS INVOLVED IN THIS PROJECT HAVE COORDINATED OUR EFFORTS TO PROMOTE A RAISING AWARENESS CAMPAIGN AGAINST EARLY SCHOOL LEAVING WHICH AIMED AT HIGHLIGHTING THAT ATTENDING AND FINISHING SCHOOL IS A VALUABLE ASSET AND TO DEAL EFFECTIVELY WITH THE PHENOMENON OF EARLY SCHOOL LEAVING, DETECT ITS CAUSES AND CONSEQUENCES AS WELL AS MAKE SUGGESTIONS FOR ITS LIMITATION. 10


OTHER IMPLEMENTED PROGRAMMES • MEETING EUROPE • LET’S GO TO THE CINEMA

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CURRENT ONGOING EUROPEAN PROJECT GO FOR CONTENT LANGUAGE AND INTEGRATED LEARNING (GO FOR CLIL) COOPERATION FOR INNOVATION AND THE EXCHANGE OF GOOD PRACTICES STRATEGIC SCHOOL PARTNERSHIP – PARTNER SCHOOLS: • 3RD GYMNASIUM OF HERAKLIO, CRETE • ESCOLA SECUNDÁRIA DR. JOAQUIM GOMES FERREIRA ALVES, VALADARES, VILA NOVA DE GAIA, PORTUGAL. (COORDINATOR SCHOOL) • LICEO CLASSICO STATALE TITO LIVIO, MILANO, LOMBARDIA, ITALY. • INSTITUTO MARTINO BASSI, SEREGNO, LOMBARDIA, ITALY. • SCOALA GIMNAZIALA “SFANTUL VASILE”, PLOIESTI, SUD MONTENIA, ROMANIA.

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SCHOOL PHOTO 3RD GYMNASIO

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SCHOOL PLAYGROUND 3RD GYMNASIO

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ONE LAST PHOTO 3RD GYMNASIO

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3RD GYMNASIO IRAKLIOU KRITIS WEBSITE HTTP://3GYM-IRAKL.IRA.SCH.GR WEBSITES WITH USEFUL INFORMATION ABOUT THE GREEK EDUCATIONAL SYSTEM HTTP://EN.WIKIPEDIA.ORG/WIKI/EDUCATION_IN_GREECE HTTP://ARCHIVE.MINEDU.GOV.GR/EN_EC_PAGE1531.HTM HTTP://WWW.EKEP.GR/ENGLISH/EDUCATION/DIAGRAMMA.AS P 16


Observations we made in our area regarding climate change Oberschulzentrum Sterzing, Italy, Alexa and Maria, 3a

Our city and the regions around us, have generally a problem with waste. Many people don´t recycle their waste, although we have a collection station. They usually just throw it in front of the wastecontainers. That problem increases dramatically during the holiday months, especially due to tourism. Our region is also known for many winter activities, like skiing and snowboarding, hockey, ice-skating, ski crossing and biathlon. Therefore, we´ve got a lot of tourism during this period. Most guests expect high quality, a lot of snow, and a beautiful panorama. To reach that goal, we have to use the newest and most developed technology like ropeways, snow guns, snowmobiles, snowgroomers and technology to produce ice for the stadium (which needs a lot of petrol and ammoniac). On the one hand, a good investment for our region, but on the other hand it harms our environment.


HOW GREEN IS OUR SCHOOL? In a survey we made in the course of this school year we asked students, teachers and other school employees 20 questions regarding the topics school food, school products, school waste, energy and school ecofriendly activities. About 200 people took part in the survey and the answers were evaluated in bar graphs. Regarding school food, we do have a vending machine selling drinks at our school, but over 80% think that there is a lot of plastic packaging in those products, e.g. plastic cups and spoons. Unfortunately, more than half of the students who eat in the canteen hold the opinion that the school doesn’t offer and promote healthy food. With reference to school products, our school doesn’t use any products made of recycled materials; sadly a quarter doesn’t even know that. Furthermore, we do have recycling bins, but two-thirds say that there aren’t enough of them. Additionally, even if there were enough, the waste wouldn’t be separated. Regarding energy at our school, half of the participants know about the possibilities to save energy (e.g. switching off lights, computers…), but when it comes to the use of water one third states that it is used very efficiently, whereas about 50% think it isn’t. When it comes to eco-friendly activities, our school doesn’t have a day only dedicated to the environment. Also, there aren’t any special environmental-related lessons or visits undertaken by classes, except for some small actions (e.g. our SDG project). Our school has plants in almost every room, that can already be considered a step in the right direction, but there’s still a lot that can be done. Every type of trash should be separated, there should be more bins and of course, the whole school should think more green. Maybe it’s also possible to get vending machines where everyone can use his/her own cup, thus plastic could be reduced. Moreover, everyone should pay attention to switch off unused computers, lights etc. to save energy. The most important thing is that we all work together and try to protect our environment.

Oberschulzentrum Sterzing, ITALY, Lisa and Lisa, class 3a


Oberschulzentrum Sterzing


Italian school system • • •

5 YEARS OF ELEMENTARY SCHOOL, 3 YEARS OF MIDDLE SCHOOL, 5 YEARS OF HIGH SCHOOL SCHOOL GRADES FROM 4 TO 10 AFTER FIVE YEARS OF HIGH SCHOOL: FINAL EXAM-> MATURA


Our high school 

About 400 students

Aged between 14 and 18

4 different sections (languages, science, sports, economy)

From Monday to Friday (from 7:35 a.m. to 1 p.m., except one day a week where we have school until 5 p.m.)

No school uniform


Our school buildings We have two school buildings, an old one and a new one.


Our school buildings from the inside

Old building

New building


Our rooms


Library


Laboratory - We´ve got four science labs


Gym • Divided in three big halls • Once a year there is a 24-hourtournament where we can join teams and we practice different sports for 24 hours • Sport is very important in our school


Computer lab • We have four computer rooms


Art room Here we can be creative and learn new things about art and its history.


School garden


Our classroom • We are nine girls • We attend the language school • We learn German, Italian, English, French, Latin


Oberschulzentr um Sterzing


Italian school system •

5 YEARS OF ELEMENTARY SCHOOL, 3 YEARS OF MIDDLE SCHOOL, 5 YEARS OF HIGH SCHOOL

SCHOOL GRADES FROM 4 TO 10

AFTER FIVE YEARS OF HIGH SCHOOL: FINAL EXAM-> MATURA


Our high school 

About 400 students

Aged between 14 and 18

4 different sections (languages, science, sports, economy)

From Monday to Friday (from 7:35 a.m. to 1 p.m., except one day a week where we have school until 5 p.m.)

No school uniform


Our school buildings We have two school buildings, an old one and a new one.


Our school buildings from the inside

Old building

New building


Our rooms


Library


Laboratory - We´ve got four science labs


Gym • Divided in three big halls • Once a year there is a 24hour-tournament where we can join teams and we practice different sports for 24 hours • Sport is very important in our school


Computer lab • We have four computer rooms


Art room Here we can be creative and learn new things about art and its history.


School garden


Our classroom • We are nine girls • We attend the language school • We learn German, Italian, English, French, Latin


TRAFFIC PROJECT AT OUR SCHOOL The traffic problem here in the Wipptal The traffic problem refers to these SDG goals:

The main traffic problem we have is the overloaded Brenner pass. 2.25 million trucks passed the Brenner in 2017. The Brenner pass is so popular because of its low road charges and also because it’s the lowest way to cross the Alps. The big issue that comes from that is the emission of exhaust gases from the vehicles, like CO2 and nitric oxides. These gases lead on the one hand to health issues for the local population and on the other hand environment problems. The nitric oxides for example act as a nerve poison, damages airways and cells. Furthermore, the nitric oxide increases the acid rate of the rain and that harms the trees and their roots.

All of these gases also cause the increase of the greenhouse effect. The traffic also causes a lot of excessive noise. Living under the constant impact of the noise can cause serious health issues.


Lea, Sophia, Marlene, Fatima

04/04/18

Solutions for the traffic problem One solution that every consumer can practice is to buy more local products. Many people order products on the internet, which creates traffic because the products have to be brought here by plane, ship and truck. Additionally, when we go out to shop, we should check if the product is a local and seasonal product, that hasn´t travelled a long way to us. Another solution that occurs to us is that the road charges should be higher. Thus, many people would choose to drive on another highway rather than ours. Our government initiated the building of a tunnel for trains through the Alps in order to shift the goods traffic from the street to the train transport. It´s called BBT (Brenner Basistunnel). Theoretically, every truck could “disappear” from the streets. The construction began in 2007 and it´s still going on. It should´ve been finished by 2025. We had the chance to visit the tunnel. Our visit in the BBT Our school is very dedicated to this topic. We organized a rally with experts, which held a discussion called “Round Table”. The pupils also prepared many facts and information about traffic in South Tyrol for the audience. Our project was all over the news and had a great effect on the population of Wipptal. The photos you see are the photos used from our local newspapers and news in the TV. One student from our class held an interview for the news

The experts discussing the traffic problem

Students presenting the problem in form of a sketch

http://www.dererker.it/de/news/4773-hochkaraetige-diskussionsrunde.html?p=0 (04/04/18) https://www.un.org/sustainabledevelopment/sustainable-development-goals/ (04/08/18)


SOUTH TYROL


facts 1 of 20 regions of Italy autonomous province in northern Italy

inhabitants: 524,256 (2016) capital: Bozen

languages: German(62.3%), Italian(23.4%), Ladin(4.1%), others(10.2%) communities: 116


nature and landscape high mountains (the Alps) with amazing views and many mountain huts


nature parks, lakes and mountain lakes


activities

hiking, climbing, cycling, nordic walking, fishing, skiing, cross-country skiing, ski touring, ice skating,‌


food specialities Typical bread (Alpine Brittle Bread), Speck, sausages, cheese and homemade wine


Apple strudel and Krapfen


different dumplings: with cheese, spinach, sausage and also sweet dumplings with apricots, strawberries and chocolate


economy •tourism

•agriculture: viniculture, fruit cultivation, cattle breeding •factories: dairy products, ropeways, snowploughs, digital printing •transport companies, building industry


SOUTH TYROL


facts 1 of 20 regions of Italy autonomous province in northern Italy

inhabitants: 524,256 (2016) capital: Bozen

languages: German(62.3%), Italian(23.4%), Ladin(4.1%), others(10.2%) communities: 116


nature and landscape high mountains (the Alps) with amazing views and many mountain huts


nature parks, lakes and mountain lakes


activities

hiking, climbing, cycling, nordic walking, fishing, skiing, cross-country skiing, ski touring, ice skating,‌


food specialities Typical bread (Alpine Brittle Bread), Speck, sausages, cheese and homemade wine


Apple strudel and Krapfen


different dumplings: with cheese, spinach, sausage and also sweet dumplings with apricots, strawberries and chocolate


economy •tourism

•agriculture: viniculture, fruit cultivation, cattle breeding •factories: dairy products, ropeways, snowploughs, digital printing •transport companies, building industry


What Did We Learn About “SDG” Project


1.) We are powerful together! We are stronger than a person, don’t we? This project makes us more social. We are just like ants! ď Š We are always in sync.


2.) The power of the nature and humanity! Yes, it’s so cruel but it’s true… We destroy our lungs day by day. But we will stop it. This project’s spirit is enough for it!


3.) We aren’t late for it! Wait, no! Don’t give up! Will you just give up already? We are just starting! 


4.) Start from yourself! A nature lover never be rude to people! Just talk kindly with them about where they making wrong. He/She will get that quickly. ď Š And if you’re making a wrong thing, fix it as possible.


5.)Be Kind To Nature! Everyday, we (The people who has no kindness to Nature‌) build lots of buildings, skyscrapers, etc. Do we really need all of them?


6.) A Gift for you and nature! Today is your birthday? How nice!  If you have a large garden, you can plant trees every birthday! Also you’ll bring a heritage for your grandchildren 


7.)Stop wasting sources! If we keep going wasting sources like waters, electricity, etc., the Earth will be uninhabitable plant. We should stop this “wasting craziness�!


Thank you so much for being polite to Nature! Nature is proud of you! ď Š ď Š


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