Together for the future: Climate

Gemeinsam für die Zukunft: Klima © Goethe-Institut (China)


"Why should I be studying for a future that soon will be no more, when no one is doing anything whatsoever to save that future?" (Greta Thunberg)

Sustainable development is very diverse! Work together with your friends and ask your German and subject teachers for help! Explore your surroundings - your home, your street, your neighbourhood, look around your school! What problems do you encounter? How can you fight them sensibly? What can everyone contribute? Think, explore and take action! For a sustainable future!

As part of the project Together for the Future, the Goethe-Instituts of the East Asian region are launching a competition for schoolchildren on sustainable development for the first time. The aim is to raise the awareness of young people in East Asia to problems in their own environment and to encourage them to become active locally. The focus in 2020 will be on climate and environmental protection.

Students will explore the situation in their city, street and school as part of the competition and draw the public's attention to the existing problems with own ideas and actions.

An international jury will select the best projects, which will be presented in digital form at a digital Youth Ambassadors' Conference in September 2020, where the winners will be appointed Youth Ambassadors for Climate and Environmental Protection in the East Asia region and will receive professional coaching and a financial support up to 300 € to enable them to implement their project in the best possible way. 

For all project teams from Hong Kong participating in the competition, the Goethe-Institut Hong Kong is organising a workshop and excursion to the WEEE Park recycling plant in Tuen Mun in early September.

  1. Project teams from Hong Kong, Taiwan, China, South Korea, Japan and Mongolia may participate. Each team consists of at least three students, one teacher of German, and a subject teacher.
  2. The students are between grade 7 and 11 (Secondary 1 – 5), at least half of the students in the project team have completed German level A1.
  3. The school management supports participation in the competition and is willing to exempt students and teachers from classes in order to participate in the digital conference in September 2020.
1. Project Implementation
The project teams (at least three students, one German and one subject teacher) submit their application within the framework of the competition by 30 June 2020 with a description of their project on one of the following topics:  waste, water quality, energy consumption, air quality, health, nutrition, soil, flora and fauna, resource efficiency, always with the climate in mind.

The project consists of three parts:

Reflection: What are the most important environmental problems in your city, your school, your life?
Research: What are the ecological, economic, political and social causes of the problem?
Action: Develop concrete measures and carry them out in your city!
2. Project Description
The project teams document the objectives and the course of their project and its estimated results in the project description form and submit it with their application for participation in the competition.
3. Application
The project teams will send their complete application documents to Ms. Irene Sin, E-Mail: by 30. Juni 2020 at the latest.

- Completed GfZ: Application Form
Project Description in German including additional materials (e.g. photo story, short film, posters, etc)
- Proof of the required language skills (Language Certificate or confirmation from the German teacher)
- GfZ: Consent Form
In a first selection round, an independent jury with representatives of the Goethe-Institut, teachers and environmental experts will choose up to 18 projects from all applications to be digitally presented at the Youth Ambassadors' Conference in September 2020. The selected project teams will receive financial support (in value of 300 €) and professional coaching to further develop their projects. The second selection round will take place at the Youth Ambassadors' Conference, where a top-class jury of experts will award the winning project. All projects will also be exhibited virtually.