Fernando Távora School was the big winner of the 8th edition of the Eco Parliament

The Fernando Távora School Grouping was the big winner of the 8th edition of the Eco Parliament, an anchor activity of the environmental education program of the Municipality of Guimarães, PEGADAS, coordinated by the Laboratory of Landscape.

The final session took place this Friday at the Laboratório da Paisagem auditorium, with the eight participating groups presenting their works to the internal jury, composed by the students themselves, and to an external jury, which included representatives from the Mission Structure Guimarães 2030, United Nations University, Vimágua, Resinorte and Laboratório da Paisagem.

The session was also attended by the Councillors for Education and Environment. Adelina Pinto was “happy for the richness of the works presented” and for the importance of the “youngsters’ view of global problems”. Sofia Ferreira, praised “all the youngsters for their dedication in this initiative” and challenged them to “continue to participate and to want to be part of this change”.

The project “An active and healthy school”, carried out by the students of the various teaching cycles of Fernando Távora, received the jury’s highest vote. In second place was the Virgínia Moura Group of Schools, with the challenge “Reinventing to Sew the Planet”. “Reducing Energy Consumption at School – Reducing the Ecological Footprint”, from the School Grouping Professor Abel Salazar came in third place.

Remember that each grouping chose an environmental challenge framed in the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). Over the past months, the students developed the projects, involving the school community, but also the population of their respective parishes. In the two parliamentary sessions they presented their work and, as in a Parliament, answered questions raised by the other ‘eco-parliamentarians’.

In the 8th edition of the Eco Parliament also participated the school groupings of Abação – “Outdoor school spaces and the promotion of mental health”; Mário Cardoso – “Clean water – Local action, global impact”; Briteiros – “How to create a sustainable community?”; Prof. João de Meira – “The voice of schools in the SDGs” and Vale de S. Torcato – “Add value to waste!”; Virgínia Moura – “Reinventing to sew the Planet”.

It should be noted that once again the final session of the Eco Parliament was broadcast live on the Facebook page of the Landscape Lab. The video is available on this social network and also on Youtube.