Schools for Sustainability - think, research, act!
A Year 7-12 competition

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The IPCC report published in October 2018, has once again made it clear that climate change is one of the greatest threats of our time. Already today the livelihoods of many people are endangered. If we do not succeed in slowing down global warming within the next few years, this will have dire consequences for today's youth. A shift towards greater sustainability is urgently needed.

Inspired by Greta Thunberg, more and more young people are resisting the passive attitude of politicians. Understandably, however, many people, especially young people feel powerless in the face of the sheer scale of the climate crisis. Here, schools play an important role: they can help to strengthen the ability of young people to innovate and to act.
This is where the competition "Schools for Sustainability" comes into play: Teams of students explore the ecological situation in their place of residence, street or school in relation to one of the following aspects: water, air quality, energy consumption, flora and fauna and waste. With concrete actions, they draw the public's attention to the existing ecological situation and propose solutions.
This project, which was developed by Russian and German research institutes and focuses on education for sustainable development, will be offered as a national project in Australia for the first time this year.