Motivation

The Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research (PIK) is predestined to provide its scientific expertise for education for sustainable development (ESD). In particular, the interdisciplinary nature of research, but also the relationship between global and local climate impacts, offer a rich and accurate range of topics for the implementation of environmental education in schools and vocational schools.

Neither climate nor climate change are directly perceptible to humans, which makes it difficult to convey the urgency. From the perspective of most people who have no background in climate service, climate and climate change manifest outside their direct environment. Here it differs, for example, from daytime temperatures, which can provide aspects pertaining to heat stress.

The interdisciplinary materials conceived within the framework of ESD at the PIK offer a multi-faceted approach to the topic of climate change and its effects. In addition, the education portal KlimafolgenOnline-Bildung.de can be used to trace the climate consequences for Germany for various scenarios and to derive possible options for action down to the district level as well as to discuss necessary adaptation measures for various areas. A large number of materials offer subject-specific, interdisciplinary or independent impulses for secondary-level I, secondary-level II, vocational training and project work.

Since climate change was not a high on the agenda of policymakers and the media in recent years, but the summer heat waves in 2018 and 2019 as well as the Fridays for Future movement have changed that. Climate protection is now high on the agenda.
This is necessary because greenhouse gas emissions must be reduced to zero within the next three decades. Energy supply, mobility, housing, agriculture, forestry, industry and lifestyles need to be restructured. This will require major efforts – politically, socially, economically and technologically.

Acknowledgment

I would like to take this opportunity to thank everyone who contributed to the successful implementation
of the of the PIKee project and the PIKeeBB project.

Special thanks go to the Deutsche Bundesstiftung Umwelt (DBU) for financing the PIKee project and the
Bundesministerium für Umwelt, Naturschutz und nukleare Sicherheit (BMU) for financing of the PIKeeBB project,
all cooperation partners, especially the members of the project advisory boards for their support and expertise.

I would also like to thank my team and all interns. Many thanks for your commitment and all the helpful feedback. 

Ines Blumenthal
-Project Management –