An illustrated chronicle of a Socrates-Comenius project “Man and the environment– friends or foes?” Lycee Sainte-Cecile in Montoire, France Secondary School no 13 inLodz, Poland
1. What we did in Poland before our visit to France 2. The Polish students in France 3. The French students in Poland 4. The cultural part of the project 5. The field workshops the Polish students took part in
1. What we did in Poland before our visit to France : -an ecological workshop in Łagiewnicki Forest - a visit toThe Institute for Nuclear Studies in Świerk
Ecological Education Centre in Łagiewnicki Forest In The Ecological Education Centre we condcuted some research into air pollution on the basis of the lichen scale.
Lichens as bioindicators are often used to define the degree of environmental pollution. The students have observed tree-dwelling lichens (epiphytes), which occur on the bark of limetrees, oaks and pinetrees in different parts of our city and nearby. The observations lasted 3 months. The lichens we observed
The lichen map of Łódź • W carried out observations of lichens in various districts of Łódź, including The Central District, Radogoszcz, Janów, Helenówek and Retkinia as well as suburban areas. On the basis of our observations, we prepared a lichen map of Łódź. We drew a conclusion that in the centre of Łodź the concentration of sulphur dioxide is the highest, which results from heavy traffic and burning of coal and household waste in household stoves. Therefore this area is a lichen desert. Although large housing estates where there are a lot of green areas are situated far from the city centre,the concentration of sulphur dioxide drops down only to 100 µg/m3. This is caused by the fact that most inhabitants use private cars to travel to the city centre.
The Institute for Nuclear Studies in Świerk The Polish students paid a visit to Świerk where a research pressurised water reactor is situated. We learned how a pressurized water reactor functions and how nuclear energy can be used.
2. The Polish students in France : - a visit to the water treatment plant in Montoire - a visit to Saint-Laurent-des-Eaux nuclear power station - working on the project.
Here are the stages: The first stage: pumping The second stage: screening The third stage: de-oiling and de-sanding Thefourth stage: biological treatment The fifth stage: clarification The sixth stage: dehydration of mud
Saint-Laurent-des-Eaux Nuclear Power Plant While in France, we visited Saint-Laurent-des-Eaux Nuclear Power Plant, situated on the River Loire between the towns of Orleans and Blois. The NPP produces about 2.7% of total national electricity generation.
Working on the project While staying in France, we attended a few lectures connected with the environment, e.g.:about the domestic water cycle in Montoire, renewable energy, air and water pollution.
Group work The students were divided into a few groups in which they worked on various topics. Then they gave short presentations and discussed their posters.
3.The French students in Poland: - working on the project - a visit to Heat and Power Plant No 4 in Łódź - both groups in Łagiewnicki Forest
The French students in Poland During the visit of the French students to Poland, the participants of the project took part in numerous lectures connected with the environment and its protection. They prepared posters and short presentations on the basis of their research.
The latest technology made it possible to protect the vegetation and the air by: - limiting dust emissions - limiting sulphur dioxide emissions - limiting nitrous oxides emissions
In the Ecological Education Centre in Łagiewniki we participated in a lecture “Łagiewnicki Forest as the lungs of Łódź”. We also walked along the “educational path”, getting familiar with various wildlife species and paying particular attention to the protected ones.