Chat on youth, innovation and the energy future of Europe: Supporting information

This set of Web links is intended to help schools prepare their participation in the online debate hosted by MEP Ioannis Tsoukalas who will come online on 24 November 2009 at 14.00 CET to discuss about youth, innovation and the energy future of Europe.

The resources are available in English.

The Solar Impulse Project
In a world depending on fossil energies, the Solar Impulse project is a paradox, almost a provocation: it aims to have an airplane take off and fly autonomously, day and night, propelled uniquely by solar energy, right round the world without fuel or pollution. An unachievable goal without pushing back the current technological limits in all fields. Read more

Plastic Island
Plastic Island is a 21st century ecological project to clean the ocean. Its purpose is to find a viable solution for the “plastic soup” of waste that was discovered by Charles Moore twelve years ago. Read more.
Energy: Real values
There are lots of ways in which you can use less energy and use better energy. They are also likely to save you money. Read more.

The World in 2030
In 2030, will advances in medical science mean we never have to die? With fossil fuel stocks declining, how can we use plastics to help protect the climate? How will we provide for the food, land and energy needs of a global population of over 8 billion?
The plastics industry is serious about understanding and planning for these challenges that lie ahead of us. For this reason PlasticsEurope turned to world-renowned Futurologist Ray Hammond to investigate how life will evolve over the 25 years. Read more.

FuturEnergia Online debates
This archive contains a collection of chat transcripts of the online events that took place on this website during the school year 2008-2009. The debates focused on a number of themes covering themes such as energies of the future, climate change, sustainable development and others. Read more.  

Global warming: How to turn down the heat
Critics believe it shouldn't be difficult for new national car fleets to average 45 miles a gallon and small truck fleets 35 miles a gallon within ten years. If these standards were met worldwide, fuel consumption by cars and small trucks could drop below 1980 levels by the year 2000. Read more.

Back to the future
What will the world be like in 2025? Here is what may happen if we follow current trends. Read more.

Plastics: Too valuable to be thrown away
Recovery, recycling and resource conservation
Plastics have changed the world, and they continue to do so. They have enabled the production of totally novel products, driven forward technological progress perhaps more than any other material and opened new horizons for engineers to realize their ideas. The innovative potential of plastics is far from exhausted. Read more.

Related information

More about the online debate (chat) guest: MEP Ioannis Tsoukalas

Plastic Europe
European Schoolnet