The key focus of the project is on the early engagement of teenagers as those heavily affected by climate change, aiming to include this age group in youth-specific climate action plans and processes. For this purpose, age-appropriate climate action projects are initiated, so that teenagers can actively participate in their implementation.
Both the consequences of climate change and future measures for the adaptation or reduction of CO2 emissions are the burden of the generation of young people below the age of 20 today. Thus, projects that allow teenagers latitude and creative space to explore their own solutions and projects for constructive climate action are urgently needed.
The project “KSI: WeWantMore” aims to bridge the gap between “shouldering the burden” and accepting responsibility for the future by actively “having a say”. Teenagers should be introduced to climate protection outside of educational institutions and be given the opportunity to develop their own, specific proposals and measures for climate action, which will later be implemented in the municipality.
However, for the activities outlined above, teenagers require guidance and support. Thus, we are looking for municipalities that are prepared to accept organisational and financial responsibility for the development and implementation of climate action plans designed by teenage environmentalists. Another goal of the project is the compilation of a guide for dissemination of the project format to other interested municipalities, so that similar projects can be initiated independently elsewhere.
The project aims to include both local authorities and policy makers, as a financial commitment of the municipality is a requirement for participation. Thus, local decision-making structures are closely engaged in the execution of the project. Moreover, participating municipalities actively commit to the promotion of climate change mitigation in their area of authority.
The projects implemented in the participating municipalities should deliver quantifiable reductions of CO2 emissions in the respective areas. Behavioural changes initiated in the participating teenagers and structural measures implemented are key factors for success.
Federal Ministry for the Environment, Nature Conservation, Building and Nuclear Safety
ZIRIUS – Centre for Interdisciplinary Risk and Innovation Studies