Kopin was present with an interactive workshop at this year’s Global Education Week follow-up event, which took place on the 11th of January at St Margaret College Secondary School Verdala, in Conspicua. Global Education Week 2018’s theme was “The World is changing, what about us?”.


In an interactive workshop, around 40 participating students were introduced to the “Peak Oil” concept. At first they were getting familiar with the term, which indicates the theoretical point of time when the maximum rate of extraction of petroleum is reached, after which extraction will decline and human lifestyle has to change.


As the topic addressed was quite theoretical and scientific, the students had the chance to get a lot of input about the links between the everyday life of a student and the use of petroleum.

From taking a hot shower to eating breakfast, from getting to school to glancing at our smartphone, or using a number of items and services during our free time, our lives are immensely linked to petroleum.


Discussing such information, the students had time to reflect on their own lifestyles in groups. Some great ideas emerged as they started thinking about alternatives to the use of petroleum in their daily routine, as well as in a wider context.

As a result of the workshop, students became aware of the critical use of petroleum and the necessity to think differently and take action about this issue as a society.


All in all, the workshop represented a good conclusive session for the 2018 Global Education Week, during which the students had been working on several topics linked with sustainability and the need for alternative lifestyles.


Article by Juliane Schlickenrieder.