Climate Peer Training

The aim of the Climate-Peer training is to perceive and integrate the topics of climate protection and sustainability in the school environment as well as in everyday life and thus to contribute to a sustainable change in our society. In addition to the knowledge transfer by researchers of the CCCA, it is especially important to enable the participants to become active at their school in the sense of peer-teaching and -learning. The group of climate peers should be able to expand steadily over time, forge ideas together and develop actions that contribute to a sustainable everyday school life.

The peer training aims to ensure that the knowledge acquired by the peers is directly applied at the school and that the group of informed, active, and motivated students is constantly expanded by these peers.

Three training locations are planned for the 2021/2022 school year: Eastern Austria, South-Eastern Austria, and Western Austria. The training of the climate peers themselves will take place on four Saturdays throughout the school year. The respective training days can be found in the flyer. As far as it is possible with the given situation and the available measures, the training will take place in presence; otherwise, we will work online.

Another possibility of participation is the summer week from 29.8 – 3.9. 2021. The summer week is an additional opportunity to train climate peers. Arrival is Sunday afternoon to a Tyrolean alpine pasture. From Monday to Thursday the climate peer training will take place, where climate peers from the school year 20/21 will also be present and exchange experience reports, among other things. We would like to live up to our peer-to-peer approach here as well. On Friday, after breakfast together, the return journey will begin.

The contents are the same as in the training under the school year. The difference here is that the training takes place within one week during the summer vacations, while the training under the school year is completed on four Saturdays.

Costs: All costs for the peers (travel, accommodation, meals) are covered by the project. Thus, there are no additional costs for the participants.

Dr. Thomas Schinko and Magdalena Tordy, MSc from the International Institute for Applied Systems Analysis (IIASA) are responsible for the scientific development and monitoring of the climate peer training. Other scientists from CCCA as well as partners from other institutions will be involved for scientific presentations in the individual workshop sessions.

Partner in the program development is the association Welt der Kinder.

For the implementation of the climate-peer education further collaborations with the associations and the Umwelt-Bildungs-Zentrum Steiermark (UBZ) have been established. Welt der Kinder as well as contribute their professional expertise for child and youth participation processes and the UBZ additional support in environmental education work.

Information letter about the Climate-Peer training (Available in German)

Download Flyer Climate-Peer SJ 2021/22 (Available in German)

For further information please contact Magdalena Tordy from IIASA (International Institute for Applied Systems Analysis)!