When our school was founded in 1991 as the first „integrated school“ in Eckernförde, not all citizens of Eckernförde immediately decided whether this was a good decision or whether it would have been better to stick only to the „3-partschool system“. Quickly most of these doubts were part of the past, because students and parents enjoyed and loved the human, open and fun climate, which the school was surrounded by.
This year we have celebrated our 25th anniversary. Beside principle Mr. Söhren, representatives of the parents and the city of Eckernförde, we also welcomed Mr. Latif as a speaker about the climate change.
Events like this show us again how many facets our school has, how it is open to everyone and how we like to learn about our environment.
Our school as a place of encounter.
870 students as well as 77 teachers fill the building with life. Mondays to Thursdays it is never really quiet between 8.50am-3.00pm and Fridays to 12.15pm.
The school offers many possibilities to promote children and youngsters individually.
Also the sense of group identity is very important and there are various ways of getting together with people:
Peter Ustinov has said once:
“The acceptance of the differences is a condition for the surprise of common characteristics.”
Our school carries his name with pride. Our school is fun, is open for anyone and offers space to our individual strengths and weaknesses.
That’s why we are even more proud to be part of the YES! Project, because we can show that we do something for the people around us and that we can do something for our future.
This is the first year that the Peter-Ustinov-Schule Eckernförde takes part actively in the project what only gives us another reason is to be excited, because we want to use our chance to actually be heard by our politicians.
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Environmental degradation and resource depletion threaten the sustainability of economic growth in the developed world, and build enormous pressures in the developing world as it strives to match the West’s prodigal lifestyle.
Both issues can be addressed by the Circular Economy (CE): if we stop generating waste, and re-use and recycle resources, we avoid environmental degradation and stave off resource depletion.
But, the financial realities of (mostly) capitalist societies make so many recycling initiatives unattractive. Especially when price signals tell a different story and the price for many resources declines.
The view from outer space tells a different story, of course. Spaceship Earth may be a hackneyed metaphor, but the incontrovertible truth is that we have finite resources and a finite capacity to absorb and remediate waste, and at some point cost will become irrelevant (what would you pay for water in the desert?).
The challenge is in how to drive circular economies when every day, short-term, parochial economics make it look unattractive.
Whose responsibility is it to drive circular economies? Will the EU’s push to a “more aggressive” Circular Economy policy package have a significant effect? What should the role of government be? How can we put a functioning Circular Economy into action? How to raise public awareness for the need of a Circular Economy? How to secure the industries’ support and the support of private households for Circular Economy?
The topic “A World without Waste: Putting the Circular Economy to Work” stems from the Global Economic Symposium (GES), which is organized by the Kiel Institute for the World Economy in cooperation with the ZBW – Leibniz Information Centre for Economics.
Pictures (from top to bottom): (c) Peter-Ustinov-Schule Eckernförde, (c) Shutterstock / petovarga.