About "Democracy, Environment and Economy”

  • On the 20th of February 2019, project members attended a lecture given by “ZERO”, a Portuguese NGO (non-governmental organization) which seeks to promote sustainable development in our country. For this purpose, they develop projects and initiatives to educate the population and raise its awareness. Therefore, not only do they reach the government, but also the people on the whole, urging them to be active citizens on behalf of achieving greater sustainability.

    With regard to climate change, ZERO struggles to make Portugal aim at renewable energy and promotes the use of bicycles.


    After the event, the project student, Marco Acúrcio, wrote the following article:

    The Role of NGO Zero.pdf





    On the 21st of March 2019, at the Grand Auditorium of our school, the lecturer, Professor José Viegas, conveyed to us the importance of "Sustainable Mobility Development in Portugal", providing universal, safe, ecological and efficient access. Therefore, since Portugal belongs to the European Union, there is an increased need to adopt new alternatives to the means of transport that serves the population, such as micro-mobility that will promote positive changes in the quality of life of the communities, especially in the big cities.





    The project group as well as other students and teachers attended the lecture about sustainable mobility.



    After the lecture, the project students, Carolina Vítor, Inês Capelas and 

    Marta Afonso, wrote the following article:

    Sustainable Mobility.pdf





    On the 29th of March 2019, two speakers, Filipa Moita e Cristiana Santos, came to our school, to lecture about "Recycling, Waste Treatment and Waste Economy".

    First, we were taught by the ERP (European Recycling Platform) delegate, Filipa Moita, about the recycling of electric and electronic waste and batteries in Portugal.

    The second speaker, Cristiana Santos, explained the operation of “Tratolixo” which is a company owned by the Association of Municipalities of Cascais, Mafra, Oeiras and Sintra for the Treatment of Solid Waste. It is responsible for the public service of treatment of Urban Waste produced by more than 800,000 inhabitants of the municipalities of this Waste Management System, for the last 30 years.


    Once again, the event, open to the school, took place in our Grand Auditorium.




    After the event, the project students, Catarina Bio Ribeiro and Inês Ferreira,

    wrote the following article:

    Recycling and Circular Economy.pdf




    On the 25th of April 2019, the Carnation Revolution Day in Portugal, the project group participated in the European Maritime Day at the beach Foz do Lizandro, around 12 km from Mafra, to do beach cleaning.

    The event poster:


    The SDDS Group


    There was also a moment to appeal to vote in the 2019 European Parliamentary Election in Portugal, on the 26th of May.


    Change must take place to protect the Environment!

    On that rainy day, Mafra organised an activity for CHANGE!




    In the meantime, each student prepared a very short video about environment, economy and sustainability. They put them all together in a final video, to share with the partners at the Finnish Meeting, and named there suggestions "Little things for sustainability" (video).


    For more ACTION,  let's Sing for the Climate to urge politicians to take more ambitious climate measures both on local, national and international level.