Knowledge transfer :Transferring knowledge about the causes and repercussions of climate change by demonstrating how to take action in a playful and age-appropriate approach.
Target group :4ᵗʰ grade students (9-10 years old)
Number of schools :Around 2.200 teaching units at over 900 schools since 2017
Project partners :Deutsche Umwelt-Aktion e.V.

Teaching climate at elementary schools

A climate-friendly attitude requires knowledge and—above all—motivation. Imparting these two elements is an essential step in environmental education where elementary schools can play an important role. By bringing the debate into the classroom and showing how everybody can take action, children can identify positively with environmental protection from an early age.

Together with the Deutsche Umwelt-Aktion e.V. (a German association for climate education; DUA), atmosfair has developed two teaching modules that have been successfully implemented in elementary schools since 2017 all over Germany. “My CO₂-Footprint” and “Food and Climate” are age-adapted interactive modules that encourage children to reflect about global warming and inspire them to take action.

“My CO₂-Footprint”

The ‘footprint’ is a powerful and widely used image, present in almost every climate talk, that helps understand one’s own climate responsibility. The “My CO₂-Footprint” module shines a light on this useful tool and explains what it’s all about. The module starts by making the class outline the elements of human-made climate change as a group, while emphasizing the importance of understanding it as a worldwide phenomenon. Using a questionnaire, students get to analyse their daily routines and establish their own CO₂-footprint. This helps them recognise different CO₂-sources present in everyday life, like traffic. Lastly, in a round table, they will list the different possibilities to take concrete action and stay fair to the atmosphere.

“Food and Climate”

The module “Food and Climate” also assesses possible personal action in everyday life, but this time with a focus on nutrition. Different methods help the students deduce the context, understand the value of climate-friendly behaviour and recognise the role of the food they consume daily. The students then get to re-enact a shopping-situation and discover the CO₂-balance of their meals. This opens the discussion about which shopping decisions are best for the climate, their health, or even both.

Project development

At atmosfair, we are delighted about the smooth running of the project with our partner Deutsche Umwelt-Aktion!

We started developing the two teaching modules in 2017 and were already able to present them successfully in Hamburg by fall 2017. Thirty-six elementary schools in Hamburg accepted our offer in the first year, allowing climate education to be a guest in over 100 school classes.

We were able to continue this success in Berlin, Hannover and Magdeburg, where a total of 150 school classes accepted our invitation.

In addition, thanks to the support of our various partners for our climate education programme, we were able to integrate more than 750 schools with varying regional focuses into our programme – throughout Germany and even in Linz (Austria) and Strasbourg (France).

Currently atmosfair is active together with the DUA in all regions of Germany, except Berlin, Brandenburg, Hamburg and Schleswig-Holstein.


Our partners

Deutsche Umwelt-Aktion e.V. has been successfully bringing the idea of environmental protection to schools since 1958. Since the foundation of the Deutsche Umwelt-Aktion, more than 20 Million children have been able to enjoy a lively and age-relevant education. They currently offer approx. 30 different course modules, with diverse themes such as drinking water, renewable energies, waste separation and recycling, climate change, mobility, or soil and water conservation.

Your contact at atmosfair

Bernhard Ellmann
Project Manager and technical development
M.A. Philosophy
+49 (0) 30 120 84 80 - 61