Our Climate Program
On Sunday 9th December, the Climate Activist team that started in October of this year held an Open Sunday at the school, where we presented what we learned about renewable energy and the carbon footprint to people from outside the school.
Before this we had decided to learn more about renewable energy in Denmark, particularly the windmill, ‘Tvindkraft’ at the school centre in Tvind. We planned to travel to Tvind. We managed to organise a visit to Tvind at the end of November with the intent of visiting the windmill and learning more about it, and since we were on Jutland we took the opportunity to visit the Nordic Folkecenter for Renewable Energy who are forerunners in research in this field.
At Tvind, we were treated to presentations about history of the windmill; how and when it was built, the materials used to build the windmill, and the reason it was built. The information we took from the presentations was very interesting and useful. We went to the top of the windmill to see the workings and I must say it was quite daunting to be up so high!
After Tvind, we visited the Nordic Folkecenter where we could see different wind technologies and hear about the research they are doing all over the world. It was very interesting.
In this process, we were also recommended to visit Permatopia, a settlement close to our school where the people living there are focused on developing as a self-sustainable permaculture community.
Our next task was to host an Open Sunday event to create a presentation using the information we gathered over the course of the week we were in Jutland. We also needed to grab some additional information online since while we did learn quite a bit about the windmill, we did not learn as much about biogas and solar panels. We had some information from previous study periods we could use, but we still came up a bit short in terms of information – so we made some online investigations.
We decided to split the main points of the presentation between each member of the team to make it slightly easier to put the presentation together. We picked the topic based on what we were most interested in; I chose to provide information on solar panels because in an earlier study task I had got to know more about solar power and wanted to use some of that information. I still had to find out more other renewable energies. The focus of this part of the presentation was to inform about the technical aspects of renewable energy provisions.
We showed the presentation to people visiting from Permatopia. Personally, I am happy to have taken part in these different investigating and then having the possibility to show what I have learned to a group of people.
By Luke Whittington