Competition for Climate Protection Projects 2005
Klima-Bündnis e.V. and Deutsche Post World Net support projects with EUR 25,000 in sponsorship moniesFrankfurt/Main, 06/06/2005, 11:30 AM CEST
Schools in Berlin, Munich, Hanover, Oldenburg, Munsterand Frechen received awards in Bonn on Monday as "Climate Alliance School 2005." Schools from all across Germanyhad competed for this prize, sponsored by Deutsche Post World Net and the European city network Climate Alliance.
The competition involved developing and implementing climate protection projects promoting renewable energy sources. The prize is EUR 25,000. Partners from Madagascar, Nicaragua, Namibia, South Africa and the Ecuadorian Andes were supported by the six winning projects.
The six winning teams together with Monika Wulf-Mathies (2nd f.l.), Managing Director, Corporate Public Policy and Sustainability at Deutsche Post World Net, in the Post Tower
The Energy and Environment work group from the Käthe Kollwitz Schoolin Hanoveris planning an energy and environmental center with a drinking water processing plant in Ecuadorand uses donated funds to buy threatened mountainous rain forest lands. At the Berufsschule für Fertigungstechnik in Munich, development assistance projects have been financed for years through the sale of solar electricity and money saved by conserving energy.
Now, they wish to help their partner school in Cubato use solar energy for hot water generation and to decrease their use of firewood. The Schillergymnasium in Munsteris helping its partner in Namibiato use solar energy and is promoting the exchange of experiences over the internet project "SolarNet." The Helene Lange Schoolin Oldenburgestablished contacts with schools in seven different countries.
School children from Germany and South Africa help each other install solar panels under the motto "Partnership creates Energy." The August Sander Schoolin Berlinwants to construct solar ovens together with its Nicaraguan partner school.
And in North Rhine Westphalian town of Frechen, "Sunworker," the school children's company, shares its year long experience in the building of solar-powered radios with its partner school in Madagascar.
"The successful schools already have several years of experience with energy conservation and renewable energy. Now they are building bridges between continents. Together with partners from developing countries, the youths are learning how to make a regional contribution to climate protection," said Gotelind Alber, Climate Alliance's general manager.
Together with Monika Wulf-Mathies, Managing Director, Corporate Public Policy and Sustainability at Deutsche Post World Net, she handed over certificates and checks to the winners. "We wish to reinforce the children's perception of global responsibility and help them make their ideas and plans come true with this financial support," said Wulf-Mathies.
The prize money was raised by joggers and cyclists who participated in the the Klimastaffel 2004 relay, an initiative of the Climate Alliance. For each relay participant, who traveled across Germanyusing exclusively climate-friendly modes of transport, Deutsche Post World Net donated a Euro.