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1 HIT Grein Think globally – act locally Comenius Project Part 1: The history of sustainability in Austria

2 What we did so far... Year 3 students: Waste and Recycling Project We feed the world Creative Footprints Exhibition Globalisation Year 4 students: Project work in various subjects Excursion to WELIOS Science Center Presentations Fair Trade Breakfast

3 Our Comenius - Wall To keep everybody informed about what's going on in the project, we installed a Comenius-Wall

4 Presenting our Partner Countries Pupils of our year 4 classes collected information on the partner countries and presented the results in class. Northern Ireland

5 Presentations Germany Sweden

6 How we found our team... Many of the pupils at HIT Grein are interested in the project and want to join a meeting. So it wasn't easy to choose those who should represent our school. Finally four students qualified for the meeting in Sweden.

7 What this is about... Project – related topics we worked on Activities we did during the last months Information and results we collected Plans we have for the future

8 Globalisation and Sustainability Especially in Geography some classes worked on sustainability and globalisation.

9 Globalisation Exhibition One main part was the exhibition provided by an Austrian NGO which was at our school for two weeks.

10 Where and how things are produced The exhibiton contained many interesting facts and tried to show better alternatives.

11 Globalisation in Austria Some facts:

12 The History of Globalisation Here are some facts the students of class 4c found out in their history lessons: 1751 – 1880: industrial production began, invention of steam engines, railways and telegraphs 1880 – 1914: time zones were installed, clocks and watches became common, steamships, cars, tramways and busses became popular 1914 – 1945: Fordism, radio and film business 1945 – 1970: cars became mass products, TV and movies gained more importance, advertising 1970 – present days: communication and data processing technologies, modern electronic media

13 History - Wallchart

14 How much waste ? The two classes of year 3 started a project on waste and recycling. After a waste collection at our school their work is still in progress and will be presented at the next meeting.

15 Waste and Recycling in Austria

16 Sustainable Energy Energy was a main topic in the physics lessons of the year 4 students. In groups they worked on a certain topic and presented and discussed it in class.

17 Presentations in Physics Using renewable and sustainable sources of energy. Presentation by Andreas

18 Wind Energy Presentation by Sarah and Carina

19 Using Wind Power... … then...… and now.

20 Wind Power Stations

21 How Electricity is produced in Austria Presentation by Rene and Michael Hydroelectric Energy (most important one) Thermal Power Stations Solar Energy Wind Power Stations Around 70% of the electricity produced in Austria comes from renewable sources.

22 Various Types of Hydroelectric Power Stations

23 The History of using flowing Water as a Source of Energy From a Roman saw mill to a modern power station … there is a long tradition of using water to move wheels, mills and generators. by Alexander

24 Energy Production in Austria

25 Emissions caused by Energy Production which increase the Greenhouse Effect

26 Biomass as a renewable Source of Energy What can be used? wood and wood products straw and grass plant oil plants containing sugar or starch organic waste (manure, compost,..) Presentation by Johanna and Marlene

27 How does it work? Using biomass to fuel a thermal power station is only one possibilty. Biomass can be used in many ways for heating and producing energy. During the resent years efficient biomass power stations were built in Austria. Among them Europe's largest power-plant of that kind in Simmering, near Vienna,which was opened in the year 2006.

28 Solar Energy The number of photovoltaic systems installed in our country has increased in the last years.

29 Using the Sun Photovoltaic systems produce electricity. Using solar thermal energy to get hot water

30 Geothermal Energy Currently there are two geothermal power stations in Austria, both of them were built in There are ten other stations used for district heating only. Many households use heat pumps and there are lots of thermal baths all over the country.

31 Energy Consumption in Austria

32 Energy Consumption of an average Austrian household heating and hot water: 37, 7 % household appliances: 20, 9% lights: 8, 6% computer, TV, and other electronic appliances: 7,0% fridge and freezer: 12,3 % appliances in stand-by mode: 4,2 % others: 9,3 % by Manuel and Kevin

33 How to save Energy? by Marietta and Tanja Here are some simple ideas which can help you to reduce your energy consumption: Turn down the heating (about 20° C in a room is enough) Use energy saving bulbs instead of ordinary light bulb Unplug electrical appliances when you are not using them Recycle your waste Buy and use energy-efficient electrical appliances Clever cooking: For example, don't heat too much water Walk, go by bike or use public transport whenever possible

34 Does it really work? Some of the kids didn't only make presentations but also constructed models of power stations using things they had at home or at school.

35 Sophia presenting a Tidal Power Station

36 Andi and his Solar Boat

37 Manuel showing us a Wind Driven Generator

38 Some Impressions In the rest of the presentation you can see some impressions of our project activities and some ideas of our work in progress. The song you'll hear is by Hubert von Goisern - a well known Austrian folk-rock singer who is also quite popular among young people. The song is called Brenna tuats guat - it deals with the problems of globalisation in a humorous way and was number one in the Austrian charts for many weeks.

39 Activities Visiting Welios Science Center Hands – on Exhibition in an area of 3000 m² Interactive exhibits help to discover more about renewable energy Only recently opened in spring 2011 Explore the world of Energy on your own! Visit: or on










49 Activities Fairtrade and organic breakfast Sponsored by Fairtrade Austria Local farming products Local Organic food Prepared by students of class 4 and teachers







56 Activities Handicraft Footprints made of recycling material


58 Activities Waste Arts Paper, Metal, Plastic and Glass Design





63 Activities and further topics Movies (globalisation, footprint,...) We feed the world (food production) Games and discussions Footprint calculator E-learning-tool by World Wildlife Fund Effects of globalisation for developing countries...

64 Ongoing activities Looking at the results of the waste project Movies Exhibition/Presentation at school Comenius-Action-Day Exhibition at our final school festival Cooperation with a local company producing solar panels Visiting local renewable energy sites Presenting a product for media Eco-labelling Summary in our documentary folders!

65 Think about this! The ecological footprint of an average Austrian is far too big! If every human on earth lived on our consumption level, 3 planets would be needed to match the demand! We can´t go on like this!



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