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Look after yourself and the environment a Green Comenius Magazine

The Copenaghen recent Conference on Environment confirms that the topics of our Transnational Comenius Partnership are of great interest and deal with up- to date events The idea of making a paper and on-line magazine about the project: “Look after yourself and the environment“ was born in the first project meeting in Las Palmas de Gran Canarias just a months ago. All the representatives of the partner schools welcame with great enthusiasm this idea. For two school years the six European institutions will work together on some of the most important and present issues such as: HEALTH AND TEENAGERS PROBLEMS, SCHOOL AND LIFE IN COMMUNIT, ENVIRONMENT, KNOWLEDGE AND INFORMATION, baring in mind well being with yourself, your friends and the environment. A “green magazine” written with the contribution of two Italian schools from Torino: Liceo Internazionale Vittoria and S.M.S. Ugo Foscolo, I.ES Fernando Sagaseta from Las Palmas de Gran Canarias, Gymazium Zamberk from Czech Republic, Merewade College from Gorinchem (Holland), and Ordu Lisesi from Ordu (Turkey).

Now let’s interview Mrs. Silvia Campagnoli, project coordinator from Liceo Europeo Vittoria, and Mrs Maria Luisa Gambirasio, project coordinator for S.M.S. Ugo Foscolo and for the whole partnership. Let’s ask them some more information about the project and about what we, as students, have to do, what’s our job, how can we contribute. (Interview by U. Badini, C. Ravetta, B. Sclaverano - LIceo Internazionale Vittoria – Torino- Italy) When did the Comenius project “Look after your self and the environment” start? It started in September 2009 and it will finish in July 2011, that's because Comenius projects always last 2 years. We are glad that the project has started in Gran Canaria because this island is a beautiful World Biosphere Reserve

Gran Canaria Dunas de Maspalomas

El Roque Nubio is a singular natural element in Gran Canaria

What is a Comenius Project ? It consists of developing a project with other Europeans schools around common interests themes and then participate in project meetings in the schools countries. When a project is approved by the UE, it gets European funds . How many schools are usually involved in a project? There must be 3 or more schools, though there isn’t a limit of how many. In this project there are 6 schools.

La Charca lagoon and a palm grove

What’s the aim of the project? The main goal of the project is to get to know the different school system and to promote meeting and exchanges between teachers and also among students coming from different European countries. How many students can take part in overseas travel and what do students have to do? In the photo a work session of teachers from Unfortunately only a small number of students can take Czech Republic, Gran Canaria, Holland, Italy, part in travelling abroad. However, all the students can be Turkey (Fernando Sagaseta High School – involved in the development of the project - they can write Comenius Meeting - 9th/13th nov) articles for the school magazine, they may start a penfriendship and do project work. Students and families are usually very pleased to meet people from other countries and to put a foreign student up for just a few days.The development of the theme implies the use of different teaching activities, a break off from the daily class routine, and teachers may introduce the use of a CLIL method to deal with the chosen topic, or some topics to stimulate cross-curricular activities. Which are the future meetings and activities? This year we've already had a first study visit in Las Palmas de Gran Canarias .In Spring 2010 there will be a meeting in Czech Republic.Next year We will meet in Holland in October, in Turkey in Spring and the last meeting will be in Torino. We will celebrate the 150th anniversary of the unity of Italy.

World Biosphere Riserve of Gran Canaria the best place to start such a project:

Look after yourself and the environment

the earth

Natural Reserve of the Dunes of Maspalomas On the southern end of the Gran Canaria one of the most interesting natural protected areas of the Canary Island This unique spot in the world is a magical beautiful landscape which delights visitors. The Special Natural Reserve of the Dunes of Maspalomas comprises a large area of approximately 404 hectares formed by three elements: a large dune field

a pond

a palm grove

An enormous landscape of geomorphological, botanical and faunistic significance, unique in all the Canary Islands. This area was declared as Natural Protected Area of National Interest in 1987 and different actions are carried out in order to conserve and restore its ecosystems. Later, in 1994, it was classified as Special Natural Reserve. Among the three elements which form this reserve, the most striking and overwhelming part is the dune field, over a surface of 4 square kilometres. Its sand is of marine origin. Opposite to what is usually thought, the dunes are living elements, since they move. Wind is responsible for its movements along the large sedimentary shelf on which the dunes are located. At the boundaries of the dune field, by the mouth of the ravine Barranco de Fataga, a briny-water pond is located, which receives water coming both from the ravine Barranco de Maspalomas and the sea. This pond, La Charca, is surrounded by a plant belt which plays an important role, since it acts as a shelter and a nesting area for birds. Furthermore, it is important to highlight the close relationship between aquatic vegetation and fauna. This area is a unique ecosystem in the Canary Islands, as it is the place where migratory birds stop over when migrating to Africa. The pond also acts a refuge to fish adapted to its special salinity conditions. Along to the pond and on the right margin of the ravine Barranco de Fataga, there are remains of an important palm grove. The species found were "PHOENIX CANARIENSIS" or Canary Island date palm and "PHOENIX DACTILIFERA" or dactilyfera palm tree. Before the development process, this palm grove had a vegetation of tamarix bushes and dense reedbeds at the areas withhigher humidity. These species are currently reduced or extinguished. I.E.S. Fernando Sagaseta - Telde (Las Palmas de Gran Canaria)

At Ordu Lisesi in Turkey students collaborate with an Environmental Foundation A letter from the Turkish coordinator of the Project Hello Comenius friends, I want to tell you something about the project and what we are doing here. If you have different ideas, please don ‘t hesitate to tell me. After our Comenius meeting in Gran Canaria we put the news and some informations in our web page. I founded “YOUNG TEMA AT SCHOOL”. TEMA is the Turkish Foundation for Combating Soil Erosion, for Reforestation and the Protection of Natural Habitats. It is one of the biggest environmental NGO's in Turkey. TEMA Foundation's primary goal is to raise public awareness about the dangers of desertification resulting from widespread soil erosion within Turkey. Volunteers can assist on reforestation projects, rural development projects and environmental education projects. ,A lady named Nilgün Gözükan, who represents TEMA, and a history teacher made my students watch something about this Environmental Association what is the aim of its foundation and what have they done so far. She gave us some brochures and posters and some magazines. They contain very useful informations for our project topics. The students didn't know what to do at first, so I wrote some titles about our topics, wrote what they could do, and where they can find the information. I hanged the posters on some places at school. A group of ten students is working on this subject. That’s all for now. Love Desertification means climate change and loss of biodiversity

Selfihan Gulesçi Ordu Lisesi – Ordu (Turkey)


the earth

Will 10 days be enough to save our planet ?

During the recent Copenhagen Climate Change Conference Government leaders and scientist did not agree about the solutions to environment’s problems. There are a lots of things to do, but there are also many things that ordinary people can do. We, students of International Vittoria School, will try to understand what is possible to do, waiting that Government leaders come to an agreement. Let’s start with a quiz from La Stampa 6th december

Environmental Quiz 1) 2) 3) 4) 5)

The current climate change is included in a natural cycle o TRUE o FALSE Global temperature goes on growing year after year o TRUE o FALSE People can’t do anything to contrast the climate o TRUE o FALSE Sprays contribute to climate change o TRUE o FALSE A lot of Companies compensate the CO2 issue by planting tries or financing projects about environment. But it is enough to solve the problem o TRUE o FALS E 6) Many scientists challenge a link between greenhouse gases and current climate change. As a consequence scientists are reconsidering the causes of greenhouse effects o TRUE o FALSE 7) Sea level has been at all times the same o TRUE o FALSE 8) The ices melting down can affect the rising of sea level water o TRUE o FALSE 1) FALSE: The increasing (30%) of carbon dioxide cause climate change ð2) TRUE: From 1970 the temperature goes on growing 0,15 degree every 10 years ð 3) FALSE: In our daily lives we create over 40% of the CO2 emissions, every action we can take to reduce this figure will make a differenceð 4) FALSE: Under an international accord (the Montreal Protocol 1987), the use of CFC propellants in spry, one of the responsible for ozone hole, has been forbidden ð5) TRUE: it is not enough because the compensation can be an alibi to leave in a not ecological way ð6) FALSE: There is an enormous scientific consensus on global warming ð7) FALSE: Since the ice age to our days sea level has changed by over a hundred metres ð8) FALSE: The Artic ices float in the sea so their melting down doesn’t affect the rising of water level


Test how green is your home Marco Russo from class 3 A Scuola Media Foscolo suggests you to test if you're a good green consumer. There are always more changes you can make in the way you live which can help to protect the Earth. Now that you have had a good look around your home, try this quiz to find out how your household is doing at the moment. 1) Do you or your family collect any of the following for recycling? ð a) newspaper (1) ð b) aluminium cans (1) ð c) glass bottles or jars (1) ð d) plastics (1) ð e) clothes (1) 2) When you are the last to leave a room, do you leave the light on ð a) always (3 ) ð b) often ( 2) ð c) never (- ) 3) Which do you usually have? ð a) bath ( - ) ð b) shower ( 4 ) 4) Do you eat fast food and takeaways ? ð a) often? (- ) ð b) rarely? (1) ð c) never? (4) 5) When you make a short journey, do you prefer to: ð a) walk or cycle? (4) ð b) ask somebody to take you by car? (1 ) ð c) use public transport? (2) 6) Are your packets of loo rolls labelled: ð a) 100% recycled paper? (4 ) ð b) partly recycled paper? (2) ð c) no mention made of recycled paper? (- ) 7) What type of bags are used for shopping? ð a) cloth/basket (4) ð b) reused plastic (old ones) (2) ð c) new plastic collected at the checkout ( - ) 8) Does your family use paper towels or napkins ? ð a) often? (- ) ð b) rarely? (1) ð c) never? (4) 9) Do you think your home is well protected from draughts? ð a) yes, very (4 ) ð b) yes fairly (3) ) ð c) no ( - ) 10 Are your vegetables bought ð a) loose? (4 ) ð b) pre-packed? ( - ) Count up the number of points you have scored and see where you fall on this scale 0-10 Well, there’s a long way to go yet in your family! 11 -23 You’re turning a pale shade of green… 24-34 Getting greener 35-42 Definitely on the green side. Well done, but don’t stop trying!

Teenagers all over the word are the same Everywhere in the world young people show their fears about environment issues which represent the second big problem of our generation after the one of AIDS. “The Earth is ours....but only in trust.Let us tread lightly as we enjoy its beauty and keep it safe for those who follow in our footsteps! “Yet not all students think of the subject in the same light. Students from non-disadvantaged areas worry about the environment to a greater degree than students from disadvantaged areas, who are more worried about the problems of people with guns and local crime and violence.

S.M.S.Ugo Foscolo – Torino (Italy)


my health

A day of health

What to eat in a healthy way and which diseases people might develop from an unhealthy lifestyle On 1 December we come to school and we all are very excited. Our project “A Day of Health” is ahead! Students of 4.A start preparing all they need for their short presentations: costumes, food, small healthy awards, board games and also a gym to do some workout. They are not sure if the other students from 1.A like the ideas they have been working on for a whole week. But they are surprised! Everything is going well and younger students are enjoying all five activity groups. They are interested in sports as well as First Aid. They learn what to eat in a healthy way and which diseases they might develop from an unhealthy lifestyle. They are also warned how easily they can become drug addicts no matter which drug it is (alcohol, cigarettes, work or sweets!). At the end of the day everyone is tired but happy with what they did. The older students tried to pass some knowledge to younger ones and on the other hand the younger students learnt new things in ways they really enjoyed Gymnazium Zamberk Nadrazni 48 – Zamberk (Czech Republic)

The slice of five In Holland we looked after different kinds of authentical food in the partnercountries. We tried to fill the different kind of foods in our “circle of food” In this circle, which is called: The slice of five, you can see what you might eat in one day in every meal (breakfast, lunch and dinner). Because the students didn’t know every meal they saw, especially Turkey and Czech food,they didn’t know in what slice to put it in. Everyone knows pizza or paella but what is palacinky or kapuska? So they separated every complete meal in it’s components and than put it in one of the slices. The aim of this was to let the students get acquinted with different kinds of food. As you can see on the photo’s they tried very hard to do their best. Some of the results were very beautiful. Five or six of our students are the lucky ones who will go to the Czech Republic in march. They now know a little bit more about the meals in this country.

Merewade College - Gorinchem (Netherlands)


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