S.O.S. – Schools of Sustainability

Can Schools Save the Climate?
2021/2022

anthropocene-curriculum.org | An Offshore Campus for Cities in Transformation, 2018, Floating e.V., www.floatinguniversity.org | Photo: Daniel Seiffert

anthropocene-curriculum.org | An Offshore Campus for Cities in Transformation, 2018, Floating e.V., www.floatinguniversity.org | Photo: Daniel Seiffert

The climate crisis is the greatest challenge of our era. For this reason, sustainability has to play a key role in the education of young people. For years, politicians and activists have tried to anchor the subject in education for the long term. But is that enough to meet young people’s need for a livable future?

How can the experiences that young activists of the Fridays for Future movement gather outside of school can be taken back to school? Artistic approaches can open mental horizons for sustainable schools and lessons that the students help to shape. When they develop their own new ideas for a climate-neutral school infrastructure, for social and ecological school management, it can result in a new, shared ability to take action.

HKW is initiating a two-year process in which students and teachers from three Berlin schools collaborate with artists and experts from education, ecology, politics and social sciences. They are developing ideas for sustainable and future-proof schools and implementing them in actual measures at their schools. In five school projects, they deal with the topics of fashion, fungi, sunlight, floods and climate woes.

Recommendations for action, teacher trainings and a public closing congress will consolidate the school projects’ results.

With students and educators at Wedding-Schule in Antonkiez, Gerhart-Hauptmann Gymnasium in Friedrichshagen and Heinz-Brandt-Schule in Weißensee and the artists Aïcha Abbadi & Johanna Schwab, Jana Engel & Franziska Pierwoss, Erik Göngrich & Ursula Rogg, Julia Jasmin Rommel & Margo Zãlite

2021/2022

School projects, recommendations for action, closing congress

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