Activities 2012-2013: Local projects and BSP activities
The two schools that participated last year are following the Let's Take Care of the Planet process this year, developing local activities. More information online soon.
Activities 2011-2012: Let's take Care of the Planet in Poland
The Let’s take Care project in Poland was developed in 2011-2012 in 2 schools from Kolobrzeg and Katowice. These schools are part of the Baltic Sea Project schools network.
ACTIVITIES : What we do to Save the Planet
About Zespol Szkol nr 2 in Kołobrzeg
Our school is in Kolobrzeg, a beautiful town situated in the mid-west part of the Polish seaside at the mouth of the Parseta River. It is a small but busy fishing and merchant port with a number of tourist boats and a marina. There are about 500 12 – 15 year old students at our school. We have been in ecology and environmental projects for a couple of years. We take part in national and international educational programmes and work for sustainable development.
Our school has been involved in BSP projects since 1999.
Now we are involved in two kinds of activities:
Water quality measurement
In autumn samples of water are taken from two different places in the Baltic Sea: the estuary of the Parsenta River and the open sea and then sent to Sachtleben Pigment Laboratory in Meri Pori in Finland (former Kemira Labs) to measure how much phosphorus and nitrate the water contains
It is measured with the use of the Pine Needle Method. Two–year-old pine needles are collected in the third week of January from two places in the area (polluted and clean) and then sent in special containers to Meri Pori laboratory to measure the content of sulphur. The surface of the needles is examined with scanning electronic microscope to assess damages caused by acid rains.
Another method to measure air quality is the Moss Balls Method. The material the balls are made of easily absorbs such elements like lead and cadmium from air and rainfalls. The balls are hung in selected places (clean and polluted) for 2 months and then sent to Finland to find out how much of heavy metals they contain.
As the project is international some students and teachers from our school have participated in a number of abroad activities including environmental courses in Meri Pori (Finland), Denmark (various venues) and Germany.
In 2005 our school organized an international course on sustainable fishery in Kołobrzeg. Not only does the project give our students a chance to work on ecology as a part of a big international team but also an opportunity to get to know the culture and customs of our neighbours from the Baltic countries. Moreover, they have a possibility to practice their language skills (English, German) and make friends with their peer from abroad.
Our school is very eager to support and join any kind of environmental activity and therefore we are happy to work for “Young Europeans, Let`s take care of the Planet” project.
In our ecology club we also do other kinds of activities such as coast watch (changes of the coastline –reasons and means of protection), bird counting, planting trees etc.
About Konopnicka High School in Katowice
625 Students, 17 classes.
Projects: ASP and BSP, Comenius, Partners in Science
Detailed information clicking here (powerpoint document)