ACCT! – Acting on Climate Change Together!

NGOs and teachers provide innovative climate change education for young people in Russia´s North-West.

How do you teach young people about climate? How do you create interactive platforms where young people can come together in the fight against the climate crisis? What skills and knowledge do you rarely get at school or university?

In the project "ACCT - Acting on Climate Change Together!", which is funded by the European Union within the framework of Europe Aid, Russian environmental organisations, a Russian university and a German NGO have joined forces with the DRA to develop climate education programmes. The aim is to provide young people in the northwest of Russia with knowledge about climate change and its impacts. With the help of a council of climate education experts, five formats will be developed, tested and implemented by the end of 2021. Young people in St. Petersburg, the Leningrad, Arkhangelsk and Murmansk regions and in the Republic of Karelia will become more aware of climate change and its impacts. Teachers will be provided with tools to work with young people in schools, universities and extracurricular activities on climate change issues: What is climate change? What causes it? What does it cause on our planet and especially in Russia? What needs to be done to stop it? Local NGOs will also be strengthened to address climate change with young people and raise their awareness for it.

Our Partners

  • Russian German Office for Environmental Information (St. Petersburg, Russia);
  • Movement 42 (Archangelsk, Russia);
  • Druzya Baltiki / Friends of the Baltic (St. Petersburg, Russia);
  • UfU – Independent Institute for Environmental Issues (Berlin, Germany);
  • Polytechnical University Peter the Great (St. Petersburg, Russia).

Aims

  • Concepts and tool kits for five innovative, participative and action-oriented climate education programmes will be developed that combine climate change knowledge and climate protection;
  • Teachers and education experts are trained in climate education programmes, which they then implement;
  • Young people take part in climate education programmes, and acquire knowledge about climate change and opportunities for climate protection. They are encouraged to pass on their knowledge to their social environment;
  • Russian NGOs and teachers improve their knowledge and methodological approaches in climate education;
  • an Advisory Council of Climate Education Experts is formed in Northwest Russia;
  • Russian and international climate education experts form networks at expert talks and conferences.

Activities

  • 2019 - Workshops on the development of climate education programmes (April, June, September, November), networking conference of the Russian Social Ecological Union (November)
  • 2020 - Training of pedagogues and educational professionals in the implementation of educational programmes
  • 2021 - Implementation of climate education programmes in regions of Northwest Russia

This project is funded by the European Union.