On Monday we made (in groups) two questions about different aspects of substainablity like transport, waste, water use, clothes, food and energy. These questions we were going to ask in the neighborhood of school in groups of four people (two Czechs, two Dutch). It was important to get an insight into substainability in the households. We rang a lot of doorbells , but on Monday morning lots of Dutch were working, so unfortunately only a few people opened. All the groups received about 8-12 answers from the people. The people who opened were very friendly. We tried to talk in English with the people who opened the door.
After we cycled for about 45 minutes, we arrived at the water cleaning company. An employee of the company there explained us how the water cleaning system works and what they do to make the process more sustainable. The waste water is being cleaned here and brought back to the river the Maas. In this cleaning process sludge is being produced, which can be used to produce biogas. With this biogas, 40% of the needed energy can be produced by the water cleaning service itself. There are plans to build a huge electric wind mill with an energy company, so they can fully provide their energy needs. After the presentation, we got a tour in the area of the water cleaning service to see and smell how it works and then we cycled back.
On Tuesday morning we looked at the answers we got on the questions we made on Monday. With these answers we have made a recommendation about what the people in the Netherlands can do to improve the sustainability.
We also answered questions about the water cleaning installation. An example of a question is: ‘What is going on with biogas?’ We had to put all the questions and answers together and made a newsletter of it. The newsletter will be put on wikigreen.eu
Tuesday afternoon we went to the building of cash for trash. We met Mario Sol there, who was going to give a great presentation about the concept. He was explaining what the company did and what the goals of it were. Citizens can hand in their trash and get money back for it to increase recycling. People who are disabled or who have been unemployed for a long time can get a job there. Since the company has started in March 2015, they collected over 167000 kilos of trash. About 2150 people and 40 sport clubs, churches and schools in Barendrecht participate in the project. After the presentation he showed us the building and the trash containers and told us how to collect and process the trash. You can already see the effects, such as the increasing recycling rates and the decrease of litter on the streets.
On Wednesday, we made posters. We gathered information on Monday and Tuesday and we made a poster with that. We wanted to make the people aware of the environment and the sustainability. We made that with posters, where we used the confrontation of a text and illustration. The posters are made by the students of both countries. The posters are full of colors, so the poster attract the attention of the people who walk by.
On Thursday we visited Amsterdam, where we also saw the construction of the north-south line through the lens of sustainability.
In the morning we met an elderman from education from Barendrecht, named Jeroen Gebben. We talked about last week in English, so everyone could understand it. We also spoke about the differences between Barendrecht and Louny. We found out that there aren’t many differences in personalities, but there are in logistical matters. The school system is very different, but it changes constantly. For example, speaking and talking English becomes more and more important. Cultural differences are mostly because of the different past in Holland and Czech Republic. The elderman also spoke about his trips to Louny and what he learned there. After this chat we made a picture with everyone in front of the school.
We went to Kinderdijk. It was a very long trip. In Kinderdijk we saw flowers, windmills and foreigners. The point of the trip was that we showed the windmills to the Czech students. The windmills are very important for the Dutch history. We used the windmills for making the land clear of water. The Czech students really liked it, because they saw how sustainable the Netherlands have always been.
These days, there are discussions about the huge white modern windmills. They generate green energy for the households. There are big discussions about it, because the villagers don’t want the big windmills. They don’t like how the windmills look because the authentic Dutch landscape gets ruined. The mills make a loud noise, too and that scares a lot of animals. s