Within ESMES objectives towards increasing civil society awareness and improving energy habits through engagement of students in sustainable energy practices, ESMES Team in Lebanon had conducted the first online training sessions for Energy Teams on February 24th, 25th, and 26th 2021.
Each Energy Team includes a headmasters, two (2) teachers, and ten (10) primary level students from five (5) public Lebanese schools, distributed in four (4) different climatic zones: coastal, inland, western mid mountain, and high mountains. The Energy Teams from 34 schools in Italy, Spain, Jordan, Tunisia, and Lebanon will eventually participate in cross-border activities and compete in energy contests.
To get prepared for the competition, the Energy Teams will receive trainings on ESMES project, sustainable energy habits, and energy savings tips, while closely tracking their energy consumption at school through smart meters. In return, the Energy Teams shall conduct multiple internal awareness raising sessions within their schools.
ESMES team had introduced the Energy Teams in Lebanon to global warming and climate change, through an open discussion related to a series of visual material. The participants had the chance to share their thoughts through online polls.
The discussion about global warming was followed by an introduction to energy uses in our daily life. The students shared through online polls, their daily activities which require energy. They also agreed on the fact that the energy demand is increasing over time with the growing population and the increase of digitalization. Furthermore, the Energy Teams have agreed that at a given time, energy habits can also vary from a place to another.
The Energy Teams had the chance to know more about the current status of electricity generation in Lebanon and the different challenges the sector has been facing. In this context, the students have proposed different solutions for a clean and sustainable electricity sector.
The event was a great opportunity to introduce the students to different renewable energy sources such as solar, wind, and hydropower, and to discuss their importance for a cleaner and more sustainable future.
Finally, switching to a more responsible energy behavior is always the key. In the next session, the discussions will focus on sharing insights about changes in energy behavior and the potential environmental and financial impact.