Sustainable Nutrition Project - IT-Padua
 

Date: 2008-06-30

In the second term of this school year, we students of the class 3rd H of the “Liceo Scientifico A. Cornaro”, Padova, have worked with our science teacher, Mrs Andreina Redetti, on ecosystems and related issues like the energy flux within them and biogeochemical cycles.

So we have learned that an ecosystem is composed of a community of living beings and of the habitat where this community lives and with which it interacts.  We have also studied how nitrogen, water and carbon cycles work and have learned their functions and utility for the earth.

Furthermore we have worked to understand how man modifies the environment and has an impact on it through the consumption of resources, the production of waste (recyclable or not) and the exploitation of the land.

In the second term of this school year, we students of the class 3rd H of the “Liceo Scientifico A. Cornaro”, Padova, have worked with our science teacher, Mrs Andreina Redetti, on ecosystems and related issues like the energy flux within them and biogeochemical cycles.

So we have learned that an ecosystem is composed of a community of living beings and of the habitat where this community lives and with which it interacts.  We have also studied how nitrogen, water and carbon cycles work and have learned their functions and utility for the earth.

Furthermore we have worked to understand how man modifies the environment and has an impact on it through the consumption of resources, the production of waste (recyclable or not) and the exploitation of the land.

Man's evolution is different from the evolution of the other living beings: in fact the other species on our planet have undergone a biological evolution, while man has substituted this kind of evolution with culture and technology. Anyway this kind of change has broken the cycle of nature, making it shift from a cyclical to a linear trend. The earth was seen as an inexhaustible source of materials, and the issue of the disposal of the waste produced by human activities was still to be stated.

In time, anyway, man has become aware of the problems created by this kind of behaviour and, after a period when economic development and environmental protection were thought to be incompatible goals, the concept of Sustainable Development was created in the 80s. This concept considers economic development and environmental protection as mutually dependent; indeed they both have as their goal human development, to grant all peoples the same basic opportunities fundamental for life, and to grant this to future generations too.

At the end of this research, we have also learned what a healthy and balanced diet should consist of.

Taking into consideration all the previous issues, we have finally prepared what we have called a “Susteinable Brunch”, which has been offered to the students and teachers of the partner schools during the Comenius SUS-EMAS project meeting in Padova last May.

Together with the students of class 1st H and with the help of some of our parents and teachers, we prepared a buffet with many dishes from different cultural traditions. We called it a sustainable brunch since only biodegradable materials were used (like mater-bi plates), only tap water was drunk and fair trade or biological and locally grown products were mainly used.  

All in all, this experience has allowed us to have an interesting meeting with  boys and girls from different countries but also to have the instruments and the knowledge to understand this experience better in any detail.

 

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