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October 29, 2008

Energy around the Baltic Sea

Ulla Persson and Barbro Jonsson teach at Östra gymnasiet Umeå, in Sweden.
For a couple of years their school and school partners from Denmark and Latvia
worked on a project focusing on energy. Its name is "Energy around the Baltic
Sea" and it aimed to teach students how to save energy and what energy production
and consumption is. The project also encompassed three other themes: energy sources, renewable energy, and environmental education.

The three partner schools from Denmark, Latvia and Sweden worked together during
three years with topics covering sustainable society themes. The partner teachers
aimed to match the following pedagogical goals: working with problem-based learning,
introducing IT technology to enable classes to present the progress of their
work, to work in a democratic way with cross-curricular school subjects and
to get to know other cultures and to developing understanding.

The concrete project topics involved mobility, emigration, water, new technologies,
ethical questions and good neighbourhood, all in relation to energy, the broad
project theme.

schools designed energy questions to survey local communities. The results were
presented in Umeå, Sweden. Differences and similarities in the political
choice of energy were discussed and compared. Students listed similarities and
differences to understand the background of the political choices.

Later on, each school considered different questions concerning sustainable
society. The presentation of the results took place in Copenhagen and focused
on Agenda 21. In the third year, the participating classes took into discussion
energy effects on the Baltic Sea. Different choices of environmental issues
concerning energy were investigated by all schools.

During the project evaluation the students' feedback gave an interesting picture
of the diversity of what they learned. The overall picture is that it has been
a positive experience for the great majority and they enjoyed meeting peers
from other countries and learning something about each other.

Ulla and Barbro share some of the presentations made by their students:


Solenergi:Framtidens energikälla?

Energijämförelse Mellan Uganda Och Sverige

Fjärrvärme & Bergvärme


Vårjord, i dag och i morgon

Alternativa bränslen


SMILe Project: Carbon dioxide, an environmental issue

Sandra Turra, a teacher from Italy, shares with us the main points of a Comenius project that her school, in partnership with other schools in Europe, is currently developing.

The project focuses on debating about relevant scientific and technological issues at local and international level.

More about the project (PDF, 191 KB)

October 11, 2008

"Plastic is simply fantastic" argument wins Youth Parliament Debate

Žan Žveplan, a 17 year old student from Slovenia, won the award for best debater at the European Parliament in Belgium!

The finals of the Youth Parliament Debate ended in style when Žan Žveplan successfully argued that plastics were the solution to climate and energy problems rather than the problem and won the award for best debater at the European Parliament in Belgium.


Žan summarised for the ‘pro’ side of the morning’s debate and declared that he was a “true believer in plastics” and asked the jury and audience to join him by saying that: “If (the future) is in plastic, it’s simply fantastic.” The listeners reacted with a huge cheer, which was only surpassed by his closing remark:

“We have a choice; we can either reject plastic and run away from it or embrace plastics for what they are. I am willing to make that step but the question is: are you?”

Other quotes from winner:

“We cannot allow ourselves to run away from plastics. We have to embrace plastics for what they are if we truly want to tackle the future of climate crisis.”

“The opposition used rhetoric like: oh no something bad may happen if we use plastic.”

“Just because something might go wrong is not reason enough for us not to use plastic.”

More information

October 07, 2008

Take part in the Energy Quiz!

PlasticsEurope invites you to answer a set of ten multiple choice questions! You may win a prize.

The first ten names out of the hat win a prize! The correct answers and winners names will be published here in the first week of every month following the draw. The names will stay on the website for the duration of the quiz campaign.


* Each month 10 energy–related prizes must be won.
* The quiz is based on 10 multiple-choice questions.
* Once you complete the quiz, the questions you answered correctly are highlighted. Try as much as possible to get the answers right!
* When you answer all the questions correctly, you are invited to complete an entry form to participate in the draw.
* You can enter the quiz as many times as you want. The more you play, the greater your chances of winning one of our prizes!
* At the end of every month, all participants’ names are entered in the draw, and ten winners are selected. Each winner’s name will appear and remain on the web-site for that month.

Go to the quiz website!