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TGAL @ HIT Grein. Think globally – act locally Comenius Project Part 1: The history of sustainability in Austria. What we did so far. Year 3 students: Waste and Recycling Project „We feed the world“ Creative Footprints Exhibition „Globalisation“. Year 4 students:

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tgal @ hit grein
TGAL @ HIT Grein

Think globally – act locally

Comenius Project

Part 1: The history of sustainability in Austria

what we did so far
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


Fair Trade Breakfast

our comenius wall
Our Comenius - Wall

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

presenting our partner countries
Presenting our Partner Countries

Pupils of our year 4 classes collected information on the partner countries and presented the results in class.

Northern Ireland




how we found our team
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.

what this is about
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
globalisation and sustainability
Globalisation and Sustainability

Especially in Geography some classes

worked on sustainability and globalisation.

globalisation exhibition
Globalisation Exhibition

One main part was the exhibition provided by an Austrian NGO which was at our school

for two weeks.

where and how things are produced
Where and how things are produced

The exhibiton contained many interesting facts

and tried to show better alternatives.

the history of globalisation
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
how much waste
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.

sustainable energy
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.

presentations in physics
Presentations in Physics

Using renewable and sustainable sources

of energy.

Presentation by Andreas


Wind Energy

Presentation by Sarah and Carina

using wind power
Using Wind Power...

… then... … and now.

how electricity is produced in austria
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.

the history of using flowing water as a source of energy
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

biomass as a renewable source of energy
Biomass as a renewable Source of Energy

Presentation by Johanna and Marlene

What can be used?

  • wood and wood products
  • straw and grass
  • plant oil
  • plants containing sugar or starch
  • organic waste (manure, compost,..)
how does it work
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.

solar energy
Solar Energy

The number of



installed in our


has increased in

the last years.

using the sun
Using the Sun

Photovoltaic systems

produce electricity.

Using solar thermal

energy to get hot water

geothermal energy
Geothermal Energy

Currently there are two geothermal power stations

in Austria, both of them were built in 1998.

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.

energy consumption of an average austrian household
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

how to save energy
How to save Energy?

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

by Marietta and Tanja

does it really work
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.

some impressions
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.


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 facebook


Fairtrade and organic breakfast

Sponsored by Fairtrade Austria

Local farming products

Local Organic food

Prepared by students of class 4 and teachers



Footprints made of recycling material


Waste Arts

Paper, Metal, Plastic and Glass Design

activities and further topics
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


ongoing activities
Ongoing activities

Looking at the results of the waste project


Exhibition/Presentation at school


Exhibition at our final school festival

Cooperation with a local company producing solar panels

Visiting local renewable energy sites

Presenting a product for media


Summary in our documentary folders!

think about this
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!