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Sherlock mustn't die. Is that the end of the 'Inspector Energy' educational initiative?

He has been touring Germany's daycare centers for 8 years and is already enthusiastic about complex topics such as recycling, resource conservation and the circular economy. '' Why shouldn't the cordless screwdriver go into the household waste? How does old become new? What's in Batteries? How is electricity created? And what are renewable energies? ' Questions about questions that the state-recognized educator Rainer Gutermann alias Inspector Energy and his assistant bring the inquisitive little ones closer to an exciting criminal case in the puppet theater.

Alarm! The cordless screwdriver has disappeared! Only with the help of the children can the case of the insatiable garbage monster - the omnivorous, gray household garbage bin - the collector and the carefree brother, the Kasper, be solved.

Then they can lend a hand themselves, tinker with electrical circuits, examine batteries, experience how they get tired and how they can be recharged with the help of solar modules or wind power. When disassembling a cordless screwdriver, they learn what's inside the device, which they usually know from home, and then use a magic formula to recycle the components in the Recycl-O-mat into an electric toothbrush. The heads smoke and then: 'Ah - this is how old becomes new!'. So that the knowledge is anchored with the parents at home as well, the newly qualified energy inspectors receive a certificate and a battery collection box with them on their way.

Since 2012, the clever detective and darling of all children from Garmisch to Flensburg has playedfully convinced almost 600 kindergartens in around 400 cities, over 15,000 preschool children and over 1,000 educators. Now the popular environmental education initiative is about to end. The previous sponsors - two foundations - have set different priorities for their public relations work for the next few years. "We could already fill the whole of next year with appointments, that's how big the demand is," says education officer Fabian Gl├╝ckert from the i! Bk Institute for innovative education concepts in Munich, who controls the education initiative. "It doesn't work without sponsors," he adds sadly. "We hope that the curtain is far from falling for the last time". Institute director Petra Griebel is optimistic that she can acquire support for the project.

Because action and not slacking off is the order of the day, the collection quotas are stipulated by law. The Federal Environment Agency (UBA) - in addition to the Bavarian Ministry of the Environment as patron - ideal supporter of the initiative - reports that although the amount of portable batteries collected was increased by 2,532 tons or 12.1 percent compared to the previous year in 2018, this corresponds to a collection rate of 47 , 7%. However, it can also be stated that again less than 50% of the portable batteries previously placed on the market were returned to the collection points.

As far as the collection of used electrical equipment is concerned, the UBA states: Germany just barely reached the current collection rate of 45% in 2017 (45.08%). In order to reliably achieve this goal and to maintain the collection rate of 65 percent from 2019, however, significant efforts are still necessary.

The collection and recycling of batteries and waste electrical equipment are part of the 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). The SDGs are "political objectives of the United Nations, which should serve to secure sustainable development on an economic, social and ecological level worldwide".

The 'Inspector Energy' initiative aims to achieve equitable and high-quality education (Goal 4), affordable and clean energy (Goal 7), sustainable cities and communities (Goal 11) and sustainable consumption and production (Goal 12) in equal measure the Sustainable Development Goals.

Children of preschool age in particular are very inquisitive and willing to learn if they are motivated through play. "Early Childhood Development is a smart investment. The earlier the investment, the greater the return," is how Nobel Prize winner James Heckmann sums it up. You could also dig out the old proverb and say what Hans doesn't learn, Hans never learns. "This realization and the urgent need for action in conveying sustainable behavior should call potential sponsors to the scene," says Inspector Energie with certainty.

About the iibk

"Enthusiastic instead of teaching" - according to this principle, educators and scientists at the i! Bk design and implement experience and action-oriented teaching modules as well as sophisticated edutainment concepts, events, trade fairs or competitions for environmental education, to impart skills in science, technology and craft . For its clients from companies, associations and institutions, the i! Bk organizes the use of their - partly mobile - educational projects in kindergartens, schools, at events or in teacher training courses nationwide.

Goal of all measures:

Enabling young people to develop complex relationships in order to understand and evaluate the world and to be able to help shape the future - especially the change towards a sustainable society. With their commitment, partners, supporters and sponsors of our educational initiatives make an important contribution to imparting key skills. They inspire the young generation for topics that move the world, while also anchoring basic knowledge and insights into the necessity of a mindful way of life. With media-effective campaigns and committed press work, the i! Bk moves the topics of the educational projects into the focus of the general public.

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