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The environmnet

Before the climate conference in Paris started, pupils of Year 7 and Year 8 wrote some letters to other young people about how young people can help to protect the environment.


Our names are Jonas, Marco and Lukas. We write a letter about what we do for the environment.

You mustn't throw trash into the forests and you should avoid plastic things. You should save water and electricity. If you've got a garden, you could plant some fruit, trees and plants. And when you leave the room, you have to switch off the light. Moreover it's important to switch off the TV when you're outside.

Take your bike to go into city instead of using the car. Take a shower instead of a bath. If you have for example old clothes, don't throw them away because you can give them to poor children. When you want to go on holidays to another country, use the car/bus instead of the plane. You should separate your trash.

That’s what we try to do at the moment to protect the environment

Jonas, Marco and Lukas


my name is Dominik. I am 13 years old. My ideas to protect the environment:
  1. Change your light - we use compact fluorescent bulbs.
  2. Buy local - we buy from local farmers or farmers' markets.
  3. Recycle Aluminium ans Glass - we recycle aluminum cans and glass.
  4. Brush without running - we brush our teeth without running water, so we save a lot of water.


My name is Robert and I try to protect the environment.

Electronics and Water
First of all, remember to always turn out the lights when you go out of the room. Also important is not to leave your TV or mobile phone in the stand-by mode. And if the way is not that long, you can go there by bike or on foot instead of using your car. Furthermore, you should always take a shower instead of taking a bath.

Don't forget to separate your trash to prevent basic materials from damage. We have four different waste bins at home, one for paper, one for plastics, one for cans and one for the real rubbish.

Bye, bye.


Our names are Vanessa (13) and Elisabeth (14). We have 6 ways to help the environment:

We recycle Glass
Recycled glass reduces related air pollution by 20 percent and related water pollution by 50 percent. If it isn't recycled it can take a million years to decompose.

We hang dry
Get a clothesline or rack to dry your clothes by the air.

We recycle newspaper
Recycling just the Sunday papers would save more than half a million trees every week.

We ban bathe time
Have a no-bath week, and take showers instead. Baths require almost twice as much water.

We turn off the lights
Always turn off incandescent bulbs when you leave a room.

We use rechargeable batteries
Buy a charger and a few sets of rechargeable batteries.

These 6 things we do every day. When everybody does this, this world would be safe and perfect.

Thank you!


My name is Christoph and I am 13 years old. I really try hard to save the environment and I have some ideas for you.
  • Take a shower instead of having a bath.
  • Use the complete sheet of your exercise book.
  • Turn all your devices off instead of just turning it into the standby-mode.
  • Do not leave the power supply in the socket.
  • Do not let the water-tap open.
  • Use the bus instead of the car, but it is always better to go on foot or by bike.
  • Do not let the light on when you do not need it at the moment.
  • Follow the recommended dose of detergent to wash your clothes or dishes.


we are Nicole and Valeria, we are both 13 years old and 8th grader.  We want to tell you what we want to do for the environment. Here are some ways to protect the environment:

Clean Air
  • Plant a tree. Trees absorb carbon dioxide, a greenhouse gas.
  • Park the car. Walk, bike or use mass-transit whenever you can. Vehicle traffic is a major contributor to smog.
Clean Water
  • Don’t trash our streams.
  • Don’t let the water run while you brush your teeth. Turn it on only when you need it. Every minute the faucet runs, five gallons of water go down the drain.
  • Take a shorter shower. And switch to a low-flow shower head.
Clean Land
  • Recycle.
  • Don’t put hazardous materials in the trash.
  • Don’t buy more than you need.
  • Paper or plastic? Better yet, take a canvas bag to the grocery and re-use it each time you shop.
  • Use both sides of the paper.
  • Use rechargeable batteries.
Bye, bye!


what can we do to protect environment? My name is Vincent and I am 13 years old.

Exhaust fumes by driving with the car to school
  • If we go by bus, by bike or maybe on foot we can decrease the damage of exhaust fumes and can protect the so important ozone layer in the outer atmosphere.
Don`t use plastic bags when shopping
  • It`s better to use bags or baskets to put in the things you bought. A reason to do this would be that the thrown away plastic bags are often thrown in the ocean so fishes and other sea animals eat the plastic and die because of that.


Our environmental friendly house

First of all we would like to tell you that in Germany eco-construction has a national priority, as part of a Governmental response to sustainable development. So you will get some money if you build an eco-house that means a house that is beneficial or non-harmful to the environment, and resource efficient. This type of construction is efficient in its use of local and renewable materials, and in the energy required to build it, and the energy generated while being within it.

Our house is a mixture between a so-called passive house and a so-called active house. A Passive House is a building standard originally developed in Germany that can reduce heating needs by 90%. This target is reached by making the house extremely well insulated, virtually air-tight, and by orienting and designing the house to maximize passive solar gain. The easiest way to make homes super-insulated and air-tight is to reduce the number of windows, especially non-south facing windows, since they don’t let in solar heat gains. But we didn’t want to reduce the number of windows therefore we used the windows that are used in an active house.

The Active House building standard incorporates some of the same concepts of Passive House, such as insulation, air-tightness and optimal solar exposure. However, it also promotes increased natural light and ventilation through the use of special windows with double glazing. Due to the additional windows, Active Houses cannot be as well insulated as Passive Houses and typically require renewable energy systems, such as solar water heaters and/or geothermal heat pumps, to reach similar energy targets.

So our model of an eco-friendly house is perfectly insulated with the help of pulped recycled paper for roof insulation that is a simple but highly effective ecological resource. Moreover all the walls are insulated. For the domestic hot water heating of our eco-friendly house we used solar panels on the roof. Moreover we produce our own electricity, using photovoltaic cells and a little energy generator on our roof. Furthermore we do some water conservation, including biological waste water treatment and re-use, and the simple collection and recycling of rainwater for garden use. In our house there are low energy lightbulbs, which can last up to 100 times longer than regular bulbs.

Our house is painted with the help of non-toxic or lead-free paints and wood preservatives. The wood used for our house is locally-grown and harvested from sustainably managed forests.


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