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Presented on the 2nd meeting of the multilateral school partnership Our TRESAURES in Portugal (Feb, 2011) ...

Presented on the 2nd meeting of the multilateral school partnership Our TRESAURES in Portugal (Feb, 2011)

ECO AUDIT OF OUR SCHOOL – Talking about ecology is inevitable today. As our school is a vocational one educating future entrepreneurs, accountants and businessmen, you might wonder whether we have anything in common with ecology. However, you would be surprised to find out that the root meanings of these two English words are hardly distinguishable. They both derive from the Greek word oikos, which means “household”. Ecology is the logos of the household, economy the nomos of the household. Logos can be translated as “reason”, and nomos as “law”, but their connotations overlap. What is more, our school subjects: biology, chemistry, energetics and technology with ecology teach us about various ways of how ecology and other natural sciences are connected to economy through so called "case studies". In other words, we learn about a close correlation between economic growth and environmental degradation. It is quite easy to see that as communities grow, the environment declines, so we need to understand how to satisfy unlimited wants with limited resources.

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Eco Audit of Our School - made by students of Inova Eco Audit of Our School - made by students of Inova Presentation Transcript

  • Private Economics High School INOVA Eco Audit of our School how we work what we want to get INOVA >>>
  • Private Economics High School INOVA Ecology  study of the relation of living organisms to each other and their surroundings  sub-discipline of biology, the study of life >>> HOW WE WORK WHAT WE WANT TO GET WHAT WE DO
  • Private Economics High School INOVA INOVA...
    •  Our school – vocational – educating future
          •  entrepreneurs
          •  accountants
          •  businessmen
    •  What do we have in common with ecology?
    ? !
  • Private Economics High School INOVA  First of all, root meanings of ECOLOGY and ECONOMY – both derive from the Greek word oikos – “household”  ECOLOGY is the logos (“ reason ”)of the household, ECONOMY the nomos (“ law ”) ...INOVA
  • Private Economics High School INOVA Additionally ...
    •  S chool subjects:
          •  biology
          •  energetics
          •  technology ecology
    • ... teach us about the ways ecology is connected to economy
    •  We build our eco audit through “case studies” and here is an example how we strengthen our ecological identity ...
  • Private Economics High School INOVA April, 20 2010... ... BP platform in the Gulf of Mexico – deepwater horizon drilling rig explosion  11 men killed, 17 injured ... July 15 , 2010 ... ... the leak is stopped >>>
  • Private Economics High School INOVA Consequences >>> >>>
    •  ... 4.9 million barrels of crude oil released
    •  ecological – extensively damaged marine and wildlife habitats
    •  economic – destroyed Gulf’s fishing and tourism industries
  • Private Economics High School INOVA Teaching... ECOLOGY ! OXYGEN DEPLETION PETROLEUM TOXICITY USE OF COREXIT
  • Private Economics High School INOVA ...Science
    •  gathering information and conducting research:
    •  m ore than 400 species living in the Gulf islands and marshlands being at risk, including several endangered species of turtles
    •  8 U.S. national parks still threatened
  • Private Economics High School INOVA ...Economy
    •  Destroyed tourism, including:
        •  staying at the hotels on the coast
        •  eating at the restaurants
        •  cancelled sport fishing activities
        •  not buying fuel at the marinas
    ?
  • Private Economics High School INOVA However... ... an UNEXPECTED PHENOMENON occurred – increase in business due to the number of people coming to work with oil removal efforts  We discussed this during our vocational classes; searched the Internet for the latest figures and numbers, talked about the disaster’s echoes in our own country
  • Private Economics High School INOVA Overlaping...
    • ... of economic & ecological consequences:
        •  newly announced energy policy
        •  more use of Renewable Energy
    •  However, our society is based on the fossil fuels – big oil companies still have :
            • MONEY & POWER
    >>>
  • Private Economics High School INOVA School Subjects
    •  More examples of our ecological & environmental awareness:
        •  BIOLOGY – the study of life
        •  ENERGETICS – the study of energy, its transformations and storage, the flow of energy through ecological systems (ecological energetics)
  • Private Economics High School INOVA ...and... !
    • ... another school subject, technology ecology, teaches us about:
        •  interaction between humans and the Earth
        •  changing technology in order to save our planet
  • Private Economics High School INOVA Examples...
    •  What have we added to our school’s eco audit:
        •  ENVIRONMENTAL MANAGEMENT – the management of interaction between humans and the environment
        •  NATURAL ENVIRONMENT – all living and non-living things on Earth
    ! >>>
  • Private Economics High School INOVA  E nvironment - encompasses the interaction of all living things   Ecology – explains the movement of materials and energy through living communities ...Examples
  • Private Economics High School INOVA  the study of co - evolution of human economics & natural ecosystems over time and space  concerned with the flows of energy & materials that enter & exit the economic system Ecological Economics >>> >>>
  • Private Economics High School INOVA Environmental Economics ... on the other hand, is concerned with preserving natural capital  ECONOMY-ENVIRONMENT RELATIONSHIP – concerned with energy and material flows, sustainability, environmental quality and economic development ! >>>
  • Private Economics High School INOVA Sustainability ... actions taken today to ensure future generations to enjoy the same levels of consumption, wealth or welfare as nowadays generations  AIM – to manage Western consumption while raising the standard of living of the developing world increasing recourse use and environmental impact ? >>>
  • Private Economics High School INOVA However ... expansion of sustainable business acti vities , including the amount of resource ( water, energy, row materials ) needed for production, consumption and disposal of goods or services leads to job creation  introduction of GREEN-COLLAR WORKERS in the environmental sector of economy >>>
  • Private Economics High School INOVA Green-collar Workers  environmental consultants  biological systems engineers  green building architects  solar energy and wind energy engineers and installers  organic farmers  environmental lawyers  ecology educators !
  • Private Economics High School INOVA Historically ... correlation between economic growth and environmental degradation: - as community grow s , the environment declines -  Economic problem – how to satisfy unlimited wants with limited resources? ?
  • Private Economics High School INOVA Conclusion
    •  Analyzing our eco audit, we have all agreed upon the following:
      •  Unless we want to follow the path of ancient civilizations that collapsed through overexploitation of their resources, proper and adequate education is again the key point.