Education & Capacity Building

Integrating and perceiving climate protection and sustainability as a matter of course in the school environment

Project Facts


Project Volume
500.000-1 Mio. EUR

Applied Financing Solutions
Public Revenues

Project Dates
Start: 2020
In operation since/from: 2020

The Story

Anthropogenic climate change and all its drivers and consequences is one of the most important challenges of the 21st century. Diverse, complex, worldwide interconnections make a paradigm shift indispensable, including new ways of thinking and working, engagement and attitudes towards sustainable development.

Sustainable development means that all humans, now and in future, have the opportunity to lead a good life under intact social, economic and ecologic circumstances. Younger generations will be influenced more intensively by the consequences of climate change throughout their lifetimes. High quality education in general and education for sustainable development in particular is considered a precondition for reaching sustainable development goals and therefore also climate goals.

makingAchange is a research-education-cooperation taking up this idea. On behalf of the Austrian Federal Ministry of Education, Science and Research the Climate Change Centre Austria (CCCA) gives secondary schools the opportunity to get active and engage in climate activities. The overall goal of makingAchange is contributing to the transformation of society. The topics climate protection and sustainability should be perceived and integrated as a matter of course in schools as well as in everyday life.

Success Factor | Hero Moment

Central for the success of makingAchange are the peer2peer education of students and pupils who subsequently operate as multipliers and project-based learning within school settings as well as in the form of climate weeks outside regular school lessons. All of these formats are based on the principles of moderate constructivism, inter- and transdisciplinarity, inquiry-based and explorative learning in authentic settings.

CCCA - Climate Change Centre Austria, Austria

Other Involved Stakeholders
University of Natural Resources and Life Sciences Vienna, University of Applied Arts Vienna, University of Graz, Graz University of Technology, University of Innsbruck

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