makingAchange educational formats

Peer-to-peer learning: become a climate peer at your school!

* Become a climate peer!

Become part of an Austria-wide community of young people who want to be active in school and society regarding climate protection and sustainability! The goal is to contribute to the change of our society and to perceive and integrate the topics of climate protection and sustainability in the school environment as well as in everyday life. In the development of child and youth participation we cooperate with the program jung&weise of The implementation is supported by and the Umwelt-Bildungs-Zentrum Steiermark.

* Determine the CO2 balance of your school!

You will be trained by students or scientists, who will accompany you during the surveys of greenhouse gas emissions in the areas of electricity, heat, mobility, materials and catering. After your training, you will be the ones who pass on the knowledge to the next classes! In addition, a balance sheet will be drawn up annually and, if necessary, the effectiveness of measures will be checked.  

Minimum requirement for participation per school: four students and one teacher.  

Project-based teaching: design a cross-curricular project, participate in phenological observations or a climate week!

* Interdisciplinary project-based teaching

How do we get to school? Can we do it in a more climate-friendly way? What can we do ourselves, what should the mayor do? (analog: energy guzzlers, food, …) What about biodiversity in the community? What can the school do at the building or in the garden / in the community to promote biodiversity? Could we save resources by swapping / sharing / repurposing?

The projects supported by the management and several teachers are aimed at changing the behavior of students and/or educators towards more sustainability, or to create frameworks for more sustainability at the school or in the community. Here there is a free choice of topics, that is focused on effectiveness!

* Phenological considerations

What do local plants tell us about climate change? Are they at risk from new diseases / pests? How can they be protected? What do the surfaces feel like? What do these tell us about the health of the plants?

In botanical gardens, you will become familiar with phenological knowledge and explore the environment of your own school together with scientists and peers.  

* Climate Weeks

The climate weeks are suitable for all school levels of secondary school I & II. Content and methods are adapted to the respective age group. Within the framework of the “makingAchange Climate Weeks”, climate change and its consequences are to be made visible and tangible, following the approach of inquiry-discovery learning. The selected excursion destinations offer students a variety of learning locations to address different aspects of the topic in authentic settings. The interactive, action and problem-based settings allow students to develop an understanding of the specific topic and systemic relationships. In terms of transformative learning, students are also encouraged to support sustainable development through their actions.