Formation of ecological principles in children and youth

While solving climate and energy problems, society is focusing on renewable energy sources.

The American Wind Energy Association (AWEA) states that the use of wind power or other RES has already formed preconditions for a better future on our planet.

However, when we talk about the formation of a clean and safe future, we should pay attention to the formation of culture of health, caring attitude to nature and the general ecological principles in the younger generation. Consecutive steps are needed during the entire educational and upbringing process. If we teach children from an early age to appreciate and respect these principles, if we demonstrate care for the environment through our personal example, it is only in this case that we can hope that the future generation will be healthier and will able to preserve and accumulate the natural resources. Raising environmental principles in children and young people should be a priority in the work of each staff of an educational institution.

For example, with the support of AWEA (i.e. with the participation of the major manufacturers of wind turbines and the US Department of Energy) special educational activities aimed at the study of the use of wind energy and other renewable energy sources are held in American schools and universities. There are annual competitions that stimulate American pupils and students to submit their own models of mini wind turbines to be tested for air flow, determining their suitability in practice, the winners are awarded prizes from the sponsors.

In addition, both the government and sponsoring companies, given the prospective for future growth of the renewable energy market, are also interested in filling the market with qualified personnel who will be able to find a job by vocation.

Tom Kiernan, the CEO of AWEA, said: “Wind energy creates jobs and generates additional revenues to help fund social and educational programmes, farms, libraries, fire-fighting services, roads and countless other public areas. When we talk about the wind power industry, we think about the opportunities that we would like to have: high-paying jobs, clean air and a healthy society. Supporting educational institutions across the country, we see how wind power helps to invest in educational opportunities for the next generations.

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