Grandma's apples and the ecological footprint

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Cakovec Highschool, Croatia, wins international school competition

A school class from the highschool in Cakovec, Croatia, won the competition “Taking action together for Europe’s environment” in the frame of WWF and ERSTE Foundation’s initiative European Schools for a Living Planet. With their project “Grandma’s Apples” the 11 to 15 year old students addressed the topic Ecological Footprint. They explored the local apple production and how consumers can reduce their ecological footprint by buying local products. The project team investigated the existence of old, domestic apple varieties, analyzed the origin of products offered in shops and markets and made street tastings and surveys — a concept that convinced not only the jury. The project results were presented in several Croatian print, TV, radio and online media and at an Austrian college of education in the context of an international teachers’ seminar. 

European Schools for a Living Planet — Taking action together for Europe’s environment
Students and teachers from 10 European countries had responded to WWF’s call.  Eight months long the 11 to 17 year old students worked on their eco projects addressing the topics Danube — Europe’s lifeline and Ecological Footprint. The activities ranged from street events and theatre performances to exhibitions and “pupils-teach-pupils” campaigns; even a river museum was founded. At the concluding event on 4 June, one pupil and one teacher from every class travelled to Vienna to present their nature conservation activities in a colourful project bazaar.

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