Gift and Task – our Responsibilities for a Common Future
The project team has been inspired by recent discussions about universally important topics like
climate, environmental protection, responsibility for our future and changes of consumer behaviour.
These issues have not only been broached by the activists’ movement “Fridays for Future”, but they
have likewise been picked out as central themes on many levels, in politics and culture, in trade,
industry and economics, as well as by educationalists. Everybody involved in the process of forming
public opinion is looking for relevant suggestions, for workable approaches to solving the manifold
problems, for models suitable to create an awareness for steps which are necessary – and in parts
The project team found these issues immensely suitable to be discussed and worked on in a
transnational context as they are relevant across countries and the effects of our behaviour are not
limited by national borders but they are the concern of our neighbours as well as our own. For this
project we have chosen five topics which will be dealt with in the course of our joint working process.
1. Traffic / 2. Energy / 3. Waste / 4. Food / 5. Clothing
All those topics are relevant for students as well as teachers, and ultimately, they are of immediate
significance for school as an institution. At the same time, all those issues are highly important for
people concerned with more general patterns in politics, economics and technology.
The mixture of the project group which has been put together is a deliberate one. Thus, South-West
Europe (ES / BE), North-East Europe (Fl / LV) and countries situated in the middle of Europe (DE / SK)
are represented. In this way we guarantee that, on the one hand, comparative studies will be
conducted on climate, on the quality of flora / fauna / water, and on the other hand we will allow
comparative work which points out unique features. This is e. g. true of sunshine hours (North vs.
South) or of the utilization of regional products.
Everybody involved is aware of the issues and prepared to deal with “difficult topics”: ecology in the
hometowns and alternative ways of live. We, the partners, are different from each other, but our
zeal, our enthusiasm for pedagogical challenges and our wish to offer “more” than everyday school
life to our students go well together.
We believe that we will obtain concrete results concerning the above mentioned five topics, these
will be results which will change school life – and people’s private lives – in a sustainable way. They
will touch on our five topics. The subject of individual responsibility is of the highest importance!