Our review of the year 2018-2019

During this 2018-2019 course, Sustainability by Education has begun to consolidate its activity in Barcelona and has developed in other European cities, mainly Paris. The previously-established methodology has proved to be a success and has allowed us to conduct a total of 14 workshops in 7 different educational centers, spread across 3 countries. Around 370 Read more about Our review of the year 2018-2019[…]

Learn about microgrids and how they can give access to electricity to millions of people (I / II)

According to the International Energy Agency, there are more than 1.1 billion people who still do not have access to electricity, most of them in rural communities in sub-Saharan Africa and in other regions of the developing world. Fig 1. World population without access to electricity, divided by regions. Source: IEA. It is important to Read more about Learn about microgrids and how they can give access to electricity to millions of people (I / II)[…]

Floating Solar PV: an overview

Brief Introduction to Solar PV Although solar energy has been, is, and will be the most abundant source of energy on Earth, it was not until 1839 that Alexandre Edmond Becquerel observed that the sunlight striking certain materials generated electric current. That is, he discovered the photovoltaic effect. Forty-four more years were needed to develop Read more about Floating Solar PV: an overview[…]

Minimalistic Lifestyle – a new approach on living sustainable?

During the last decades, what we call nowadays consumerism has unfolded and changed the way we live. Consumerism is a social order which encourages the acquisition of more and more goods. This was caused due to the industrial overproduction especially in the USA after World War II and was fueled by the upcoming mass media Read more about Minimalistic Lifestyle – a new approach on living sustainable?[…]

Sunscreens: do they really protect us?

If you are going to the beach this weekend, don’t forget to bring your sunscreen! However… did you know that 14.000 tonnes of sunscreen reach every year coral reefs, making them susceptible to bleaching, deforming baby coral and degrading its resilience to climate change? Most of the sunscreens are made from chemical UV filters of Read more about Sunscreens: do they really protect us?[…]

Workshop at Escola Arrels, in Barcelona

Taking advantage of the last weeks of class, the SbE Barcelona team realised four more workshops to secondary school students of ages comprised between 11 and 13 years old. These events were held at Escola Arrels, a concerted school located in Sant Andreu’s district. Being aware of the great success achieved with the Sustainability by Read more about Workshop at Escola Arrels, in Barcelona[…]

Workshop at the Spanish High School in Paris

Last Saturday, May 15, three Sustainability by Education instructors went to the Luis Buñuel Spanish High School, in the west of Paris, for another day of workshops and talks to school students! The theme was again “Sustainability and Energy”, and the talk followed the same pattern as the previous ones but with some changes. In Read more about Workshop at the Spanish High School in Paris[…]

Fridays for Future and the rise of climate strikers around the world: A review on the movement’s origins, its impact and its future (II/II)

This is the continuation of a two-part article on the Fridays for Future movement. To read the first part, about the origins and expansion of the movement, please head here. The big strike of March 15th Fridays for Future’s growth and expansion during the fall of 2018 and beginning of 2019 culminated in the Global Read more about Fridays for Future and the rise of climate strikers around the world: A review on the movement’s origins, its impact and its future (II/II)[…]

Fridays for Future and the rise of climate strikers around the world: A review on the movement’s origins, its impact and its future (I/II)

On March 15th, more than 1,400,000 students around the world took to the streets to protest government inaction on climate change, in what was considered the biggest global climate action in history. More than 2,000 protests took place in over 125 countries, with Europe being the leading region in terms of organization and participation. These Read more about Fridays for Future and the rise of climate strikers around the world: A review on the movement’s origins, its impact and its future (I/II)[…]