Climate protection concerns all of us: Pupils simulate UN climate conference
At the end of the school year, around 300 students from Ingolstadt and Kösching dealt with the challenge of negotiating the climate protection target in a climate conference simulation sponsored by the environmental foundation. The aim, as in reality, was to limit the increase in the global average temperature to below two degrees Celsius by the year 2100.
The Multivision e.V. holding the event is a non-profit association that organizes school educational events on socially relevant topics such as ecology, democracy and human rights in order to promote the political and social education of young people.
As an introduction, the students received all the facts about the current climate development. They were then divided into six groups of countries and, using the material provided, found out about the goals and positions they should represent in their respective roles. The tasks to be mastered: Set own emission targets for fossil fuels, make decisions for a policy in the area of deforestation and land consumption and establish a climate fund. The developed goals were made visible by a tool that presented the resulting climate development.
In the subsequent discussion of the results it became clear that the climate target is difficult to achieve. Therefore, further rounds followed, where solutions and strategies for achieving the goals were discussed. The participants experienced that different interests of the countries have to be negotiated with one another, that climate protection needs a lot of money and that political measures are often difficult to implement. And that, regardless of the political framework, every single person can contribute to climate protection by changing his or her behavior.
In a final conclusion the students were discussing their experiences from the simulation game and expressed both their personal obligation to act and their demands on politics. The young people agreed that climate protection must have top priority for the survival of future generations and that this also requires a change in the lifestyle of every individual.