Fostering Awareness of Climate Justice
During the 5th and 6th of July 2023, 8th-grade students participated in an enriching Climate Justice Camp at Schule am Tierpark in Berlin (Lichtenberg). This camp focused on Citizen Science, an approach in which scientific knowledge is obtained from individuals not working full-time in the discipline’s associated science. This innovative approach allowed youth to explore critical aspects of their urban environment.
They eagerly delved into hands-on activities, measuring fine particles in the air, surface temperature variations across different city areas, and mapping out green spaces. Through these exercises, they gained valuable insights into their neighbourhood’s environmental challenges.
By understanding the impact of air pollution and the urban heat island (UHI) effect, the students recognised how these issues disproportionately affect vulnerable communities, highlighting the importance of environmental and climate justice. This awareness fueled their desire to advocate for positive change and promote more equitable living conditions for all residents.
The camp fostered collaboration and discussions among the students, encouraging them to brainstorm innovative solutions to address the identified environmental disparities. With newfound knowledge and a passion for climate justice, they left the camp empowered and motivated to make a difference in their community.
This event was co-organised by Via Austroboreal e.V. and 2811 Social Enterprise UG, and funded by Ecosia’s “All in for Berlin Grant” initiative.