This year, hundreds of schoolchildren attended prestigious European universities to learn some important survival skills – climate protection and resource efficiency.
The context for sustainable energy has changed rapidly during the last decade – with many new players – financial institutions, national authorities and grassroots initiatives (such as the community energy movement ) engaged and active in the field.
See ManagEnergy’s pick of events below – stay tuned for reports or follow us @EU_ManagEnergy – and if you’re in Brussels come and say hello.
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This summer, teenagers from Austria and Slovakia will gather at Donau-Auen National Park for the Energy Busters international summer camp. They will spend five days camping outdoors, visiting an array of renewable energy plants, participating in workshops with regional energy stakeholders, and building their own solar cooker at this inspiring, free, energy-focussed summer camp.
‘It’s today’s kids who will be dealing with climate change,’ says entrepreneur Andriy Shmyhelskyy, ‘and it is they who are educating parents on energy efficiency.’
The Schools at University for Climate and Energy (SAUCE) programme has its roots in a 2005 pilot project, ‘Schools At University for Climate and Energy,’ developed byFreie Universität Berlin (FU Berlin)’s Karola Braun-Wanke.
January has seen great developments for some of Intelligent Energy Europe (IEE)’s youth energy-awareness projects. With the creation of great new resources and multi-media campaigning tools, as well as the invaluable knowledge sharing offered by this month’s conferences, ongoing IEE projects look set to go from strength to strength this year.
With energy audits on public buildings now compulsory, Ireland’s Energy Authority offers great support systems, tracking, training, education and advice into its new online audit system.
Preschoolers at Úlla Beag in County Clare, Ireland, learn all about sustainability from an early age. Kids as young as three are making energy pledges, creating insulation, running a wormery ... and they all know you should never leave the tap running while you brush your teeth!
Europe’s youth did their generation proud this December. As governments from around the world met for the UN Climate Change Conference (COP20), 60 Young Friends of the Earth Europe members convened in Brussels to make their own political contribution.
At Germany’s famous Free University Berlin (FU Berlin) and Austria’s Technical University Vienna (TU Vienna), students as young as 10 are making electricity from cow dung, creating bike-powered cinemas, and contributing solutions to the complex problems of resource depletion.
The new school year is well underway and energy-aware schools across Europe are starting to reap the rewards of their hard work.
Fulfilling the energy saving opportunities of public premises is essential to achieving EU 2020 goals. But how can teachers and students realise the untapped potential of school buildings?
Across Europe, teachers are discovering how cycle and walk-to-school campaigns can create classroom fun, boost kids' confidence, and offer a great strategy for teaching safety and energy awareness. There are so many ways to get kids of all ages moving towards a cleaner future!
More than any generation before them, today's children need to be equipped to deal with tomorrow's energy challenges. But in a world of rapidly changing communications, how can we engage kids in learning about energy and climate change?
'Our biggest challenge in this new century,' says former UN Secretary General, Kofi Anan 'is to take an idea that seems abstract – sustainable development – and turn it into a daily reality for all the world's people.'
Across the member states, the educational community is getting involved in initiatives like European clean-up day or Eco-schools – Europe-wide projects designed to show kids their power to create a sustainable world for themselves. Last year the school network, Euronet 50/50, won the European Sustainability Week (EUSEW) award for an outstanding contribution to learning, and every year more and more schools are doing their part to help the European Union towards its energy goals.
Sustainable Travel Accreditation and Recognition for Schools (STARS) is a three-year project designed to increase the number of pupils using sustainable transport to get to and from school, primarily by motivating kids who are usually dropped to school by car to cycle instead. This simple agenda answers the European Union’s call for energy education at school, as well as addressing the need to reduce carbon dioxide emissions and encouraging healthy lifestyles for Europe’s young.