International School Sek Alborán

Ecomoving: Sustainable Movement

We are delighted to share a blog written by team Ecomoving, from International School Sek Alborán, delivering a Global Goals project for the 2020-21 GSL Global Goals Competition.

Their project is among over 957 social action projects currently running as part of the GSL movement and we are excited to be supporting them to design and lead positive social change in their community. 

An excellent experience to growth in a personal and a global way

Project Summary

Ecomoving’s team intend to change the way in which pupils access the school – replacing traditional means of transport with more sustainable ones. With this there will be an improvement in traffic at school entrances and exit times, which will result in a reduction in atmospheric pollution.

In this way, we will try to facilitate the access and mobility to our school, in more sustainable means of transport such as electric scooters, which are very widespread in the youth population.

For this we will request the extension or connection of our school with the bike lane of our town, and it will be in our centre where we will install a parking for these vehicles, which has a recharging area powered sustainably, by solar panels.

The Journey

The first thing we did was to do some research on the use of solar energy and its transformation into electrical energy that could be used to recharge the batteries of electric vehicles. We have already looked at the possibility of making one of these solar panels “home-made” and see how much it could produce and how many vehicles it could power. Another option we have already considered is to present a budget and buy a possible final product.

On the other hand, we have established a weekly meeting every Tuesday to evaluate the evolution of the project and the needs that arise. Therefore, we have contacted the local council to discuss the extension of the cycle lane, and the school management to assess the need and amount of resources that will be necessary to adapt the car park with solar panels.

Finally, we have also contacted specialist technicians for technical advice on the installation of the solar panels. In order to communicate our project, we will use the school’s social networks, thus being visible to the whole community. Right now we are working on the construction of the recycled solar panel, to see if it is feasible and efficient; to request and study the budget for the installation of the solar panels and charging stations; and the study of the best location within the centre to install the car park so that the panels can collect the maximum amount of solar energy.

The Next Chapter

We would recommend to young people to get involved in similar projects because we believe that it is very important to be involve in global problems and try our best to solve them or at least contribute in its solving. Our call of action is to encourage young people to be part of the world and try and help with everything that you can.