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“Climate ChangeS Cities" – from concept to implementation

Authors: Karl-Heinz Otto*, Geographisches Institut Der Ruhr-Universität Bochum
Topics: Geography Education, Sustainability Science, Urban Geography
Keywords: Climate change, educational concept of climate change, observation sphere, laboratory sphere, sphere of action
Session Type: Paper
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Concerning the social acceptance and realization of adaptation strategies, a raising awareness on the impacts of climate change among the population is indispensable, especially among young people as future decision makers. In this context, the lecture presents the structure and implementation of the environmental education project “Klimawandel findet Stadt” (Climate changeS cities), carried out in cooperation between the universities of Bochum, Heidelberg and Trier. The project shall facilitate the development of students’ evaluation and action competencies with regard to climate change consequences and sustainable adaptation strategies by using a new educational concept of climate change communication. It implies the design of learning modules with an emphasis on health and risk prevention, urban climate and planning, and urban ecology and biodiversity. The methodical approach of the project is based on the dialectical intertwining of a three-step approach of spheres, namely observation sphere, laboratory sphere and sphere of action. In the spheres, students are confronted cognitively and affectively with climate change.

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