Are young people curious about their local communities?
By project manager Malene Annikki Lundén
”News from a hot future” is a campaign about climate change where the elder schoolchildren as well as high school students compete for writing the best articles about sustainable initiatives in their local areas. A stay at Samsø Energy Academy is at stake.
”The students need to get out of the classroom and experience the real world. Climate change is already part of our everyday lives in many places, and so are the solutions. We ask students to find the good climate change stories, interview people and describe what they hear and see so that the text comes to life. In that way, the climate stories become part of the readers’ reality, the climate minister Rasmus Helveg Petersen, who used to be a journalist himself, says.
The writing competition is a call to make students write journalistic articles about local initiatives that make a difference for the climate. The students have written about household wind turbines, digital street lamps, local energy exhibitions, even about how the heat from crematory furnaces can be turned into district heating.
Two school classes from Aarhus Katedralskole and Sankt Annæ Gymnasium won the competition that was part of the climate campaign and have visited Samsø to receive their prize: a two-day trip around Samsø with Energy Safari at Samsø Energy Academy.
The students lived at the organic farm Yduns Have (Ydun’s Garden) in Alstrup and managed to cycle around most of Samsø. In three different groups the students visited the stops of the Safari: Ballen-Brundby, Tranbjerg and Besser. As part of the Energy Safari the students learned about sun, wind and biomass – the resources involved in Samsø’s transition to become Denmark’s Renewable Energy Island. The students approached the task head-on.
The students from Sankt Annæ Gymnasium were equipped with iPads and asked to create a documentary about their experiences.
Watch the students’ films:
Read the students’ articles here (Danish).