BeInSp!red Innovation Summit 2019 - There is no planet B!

Every one of us is an environmental activist: At the Innovation Congress of the Bavarian International School gAG, students and experts developed ideas for more sustainability in the areas of environment and nutrition.

The fourth "BeInSp!red Innovation Summit" of the Bavarian International School gAG (BIS) took place on Thursday, October 10, 2019. Local sustainability experts from the environment and food sector worked with 160 BIS pupils in grades 8 and 9 to develop ideas on the topic of "There is no planet B".

BIS school principal Dr. Chrissie Sorenson opened the BIS Innovation Summit: "What new ideas are there for how over seven billion people on earth can live without destroying the planet? It starts with each of us. That is why environmental experts have joined forces with our students today to develop tangible ideas for more sustainable environmental behaviour in everyday school life. But whether at school, at home, in the neighborhood or among our friends and acquaintances - each of us can be an environmental activist at any time."

With her lecture "We should ALL be activists", bestselling author and UN lawyer Claudia Rinke underlined the basic idea that every human being must make his or her own personal contribution to the preservation of the natural planet. She is currently shooting a documentary film about young international environmental activists and wants to address the older generation with it: "We must all fight for the environment and make positive contributions to it every day.''

Laura Zwick, coordinator of rehab republic e.V., also had a very motivating presentation "Sustainability with Yeah! Just do it!", Laura Zwick, coordinator of rehab republic e.V., also motivated the students to have more courage and commitment for the preservation of the planet. The 23-year-old is convinced that educational work and sensitisation to environmental issues starts with young people: "Living sustainably should be fun. The current lifestyle simply doesn't fit the future, so we have to change the system. Everyone can contribute, everyone is important."

Start-up founder Pascal Wolf demonstrated an innovative idea for sustainable nutrition with products from urban gardening called Urgrow. Pascal and his team of founders from Munich are convinced that hydroponic products can be used to sustainably grow and harvest their own vegetables, herbs and strawberries all year round. In this way, everyone can contribute to creating new nutrition that meets the urban needs of the future. By 2050, 74% of the total population will live in cities. For his idea he was honoured with the Winner of the Strascheg Award for Entrepreneurship in 2018. The 28-year-old founder told the students: "You are the first generation that has the technology and the power to make the world a better place.

The wealth of ideas from pupils for more sustainability in the ares of environment and nutrition was great: exciting concepts were developed, for example, for a plastic-free school, reforestation and planting of the school grounds for more CO2 compensation, paper avoidance and a petition for a more sustainable school canteen. School eco-manager Emma Morris and the BIS Green Team demonstrated practical fields of action and outlined eco-plans for a more sustainable school of the future. All of the pupils' environmental and nutritional ideas are being looked at and one thing is already clear: In the future, the Bavarian International School will not only have school spokespersons but, since yesterday's Innovation Summit, also so-called "sustainability spokespersons"! 


 

BeInSp!red - City Talk 2019

The BeInSp!red City Talk of the Bavarian International School gAG (BIS) serves as an informative impulse generator for the interwoven learning, living and working worlds of the future.

The BIS community as well as representatives from economy, science, politics, media and society come together to inspire each other, to exchange ideas and to promote the formation of the future. "Lifelong learning" also applies to the economy.

More information HERE