Climate Education with atmosfair


Climate Education with atmosfair

Two new teaching models with Deutschen Umwelt-Aktion e.V. are about to start

We at atmosfair think that it is very important to throw light on the urgency of climate protection and teach the scale of climate change in an informative way and good understandable for children. Therefore, we decided to expand our educational projects, which are implemented to promote different initiatives throughout Germany.

Together with Deutschen Umwelt-Aktion e.V. we found a reliable partner with whom we designed two different class emphases. Fourth grade pupils will have the possibility to learn about “Nutrition and Climate” and “My Co2 – Footprint” as well as climate change and its cause. In the first six months of application the primary schools in Hamburg are invited to choose one of the two topics and introduce it to the fourth grade of their school.

A combination of interesting and innovative illustrations together with an experienced pedagogue is introducing the pupils to two different worlds:

In the topic “Nutrition and Climate” the focus lays on the supply chain of food production starting from manufacturing through processing all the way to the supermarket and the resulting CO2 -footprint. We will concentrate on the production of animal products and the problem with international traded food articles. Additionally, it is important to clarify that a healthy amount of meat, dairy products and eggs has not just health advantages but also plays a key role in the CO2-balance. Furthermore, we will go into details and find out about the origin from different goods and discuss those. With the help of a “Climate scale” we will pack our own “climate-friendly and climate-respectful” shopping basket.

The CO2 - footprint is a more abstract concept. The topic “My CO2 – footprint” comes along with interactive games and activities which will help to encourage curiosity and interest of the pupils for the class.  How big is my own CO2 – footprint and how big is this footprint from different people around the globe? How big is the footprint by taking a plane and how big should it be in average? The fourth grader and the pedagogue will drill down on those questions and search for solutions.

An especially relevant point will be transmitted: Our planet is finite! That is why we can’t live on the expenses of our planet and on those of future generations. It is absolute necessary that each of use is aware of his/her own climate budget. There are different options in our daily life that we can use or change to minimize our CO2 – footprint. This educational project is helping children to get an early understanding about the vulnerability of our planet and to realize the responsibility from each one of us and the impact of humankind on our environment. 

UPJ network meeting 2017


„CSR in a changing world“ was the headline of this year’s annual meeting organized by the UPJ network.

Over 350 politicians, scientists, corporate and NGO representatives discussed urgent global topics like climate change, migration, diversity and social integration. The event aims to promote social commitment in businesses and foster a more sustainable corporate management.

As a cooperation partner of the UPJ network, atmosfair has offset the travel emissions of all speakers. Furthermore, our stand at the event made it possible for the participants to offset their travel emissions right on site.

For information, visit www.upj.de

Repair of more biogas plants in Helambu


After the emergency aid has been expired, atmosfair is enhancing the second phase of the reconstruction. In the first phase of our engagement, we were distributing efficient cookstoves and solar lighting as most needed resources. But now it´s about repairing the damaged biogas plants: during the earthquakes, many biogas plants have been destroyed.

In a small-scale biogas plant (about 6m³) cow dung is transformed into biogas and sludge by microorganisms. Traditional cooking on wood is not only expensive and damages surrounding forests. Especially women´s and children´s health is harmed in many cases due to heavy emissions of smoke and carbon black. Luckily, they can replace the fuel wood with biogas: two or three cows provide enough dung for cooking biogas for a five-member family.

Moreover, the sludge from fermentation can be used as a soil conditioner on the farmer´s fields. Many of the biogas plants are connected to a latrine, hence improving the hygienic situation in many households.

Thus, the importance of biogas plants for the local people is enormous in many ways. Thanks to a generous donation in 2015, we were able to repair already 316 plants until now. But there is still a great need for repair in Nepal. With your help, we therefore want to repair 56 more plants in the region of Helambu nearby the Climate Trek.

Visit us now at Betterplace and learn more about the project:

www.betterplace.org/en/projects/56183

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