In the course of the next three years, the Helmholtz Climate Initiative REKLIM will work together with the WWF to develop an adult education course on climate change, which will include region-specific issues, and offer it at community colleges throughout Germany. The climate-fit (klimafit) project is sponsored by the Robert Bosch Foundation and the Klaus Tschira Foundation.
The project brings together three outstanding partners:
Helmholtz Climate Initiative REKLIM (Regional Climate Change)
The Helmholtz Climate Initiative REKLIM (Regional Climate Change), which involves experts from nine Helmholtz Centres. REKLIM draws on the Helmholtz Association’s massive pool of expertise in regional observational and process studies in combination with model-based simulations to improve regional and global climate models, which in turn provide a solid basis for making climate-related decisions. REKLIM contributes its scientific expertise to the project and supports events with the input of experts from the network.
World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF)
The WWF is one of the world’s largest independent environmental protection organisations. With a global network, the WWF is active in more than 100 countries. Climate protection and the preservation of biodiversity are among its central responsibilities, and in turn largely hinge on education and awareness. The WWF contributes its expertise on climate change and digital learning to the project.
In addition, during the first project phase fesa e.V. and ifpro are involved in the prototype development as regional partners. Beyond being responsible for organising and implementing the courses in Southern Germany, they also serve as contact partners for the participating community colleges and municipalities. Moreover, they contribute their decades of experience in education on climate protection, climate adaptation and civic participation, not to mention their extensive, active network.
University of Hamburg (UHH)
With more than 42,000 students, the University of Hamburg is the largest research and educational institution in northern Germany and a long-standing Reklim cooperation partner. The focus of the current Cluster of Excellence CLiCCS is on social science climate research. In the klimafit project, the working group of Prof Ratter is looking at the opportunities and obstacles with regard to active civic participation in climate protection.
Furthermore, fesa e.V. and ifpro participated in the project as regional partners for prototype development in the first project phase. They were responsible for the organization and implementation of the courses in the southern German region and acted as contact partners for the participating adult education centers and municipalities. In addition, they contributed their decades of experience in further education on climate protection, climate adaptation and citizen participation and their active network to the project.
Further information and the klimafit website can be found at www.klimafit-kurs.de