Our City 2030 with Climate Council Guide

                                                              

Our City 2030 with Climate Council Guide

WWF International
Solution proposed by: 
WWF
In a Nutshell: 
Our City 2030 is a mix of interdisciplinary teaching and local public participation. Together with the Climate Council the method makes implementation of climate goals visible and communicated. Problem solving and extended dialogue between students and concerned social actors and stakeholders are key components in the programme
Where and When: 
Ready for global dissemination in small cities and parts of mega cities. National adaptation is needed
Challenges: 
Increased political leadership, public engagement and entrepreneurship are all required if solutions are to be instrumental in making a positive and smooth transformation of cities possible. Education for Sustainable Development in schools is valued but real cases and better cooperation is needed. Our City 2030 is a win-win program and meets the demand from both city planners and from the education sector for implementation of social and ecological sustainability
Innovation: 
Our City 2030 provides change through empowerment and participation. Sustainable development calls for participating and active citizens and consumers, as well as responsible and competent politicians and entrepreneurs. Research provides new knowledge, education propagates this knowledge and develops a wide variety of skills, and the media broadcasts information and builds public opinion.
Concept: 
Our City 2030 is an interdisciplinary teaching programme intended for secondary school students. Our City 2030 is part of WWF’s global efforts to reduce the ecological footprint. Problem solving and extended dialogue between students and concerned social actors and stakeholders are key components in the programme. Our City 2030 strives to equip young citizens with knowledge and provide them with experience through action and immersion in initiatives designed to promote sustainable development. The programme focuses on social and ecologically sustainable development at community level as part of the larger objective of achieving climate goals across the entire planet. In addition, Our City 2030 further aims to ramp up knowledge and active participation through creative dialogue between concerned actors.
Description: 
The project is designed to prepare students for the transition to a sustainable society by making the change visible and developed in a local context. The project culminates with the students presenting their vision of the way in which their city has been able to reach sustainability by 2030 in a meeting with representatives from the local municipality and business community. The project targets secondary school students. The guide is divided into three sections. An initial introduction to the Our City 2030 project is followed by the presentation of key concepts and expressions related to sustainable development. The closing chapter deals with how project work can best be organized and outlines eight exercises that will help you see the project through from start to finish. The Our City 2030 handbook is accompanied by an annex that sets forth guidelines for a roundtable seminar, a meeting between students and key actors from local government and industry. The Seminar annex and other materials that complement Our City 2030 are available at wwf.se/varstad. With help of teachers and media the target group grows and climate issues are processed in teaching and disseminated to a large audience.
Impacts: 
Everyone wins when students engage in suitable issues. The Our City 2030 project and the concluding Climate Council popularize work on climate change, bringing municipal efforts to attain sustainability out into the open and changing mindsets everywhere. The meeting between young people and key players in society vitalizes minds and convinces more and more people to support local green initiatives. The work put into the Our City 2030 project and the collaborative event on climate change involves actors in different ways. Number of students: 100pers. Number of politicians and business: 100pers. Number of citizens: 20 000 – 100 000pers. (depending on media outreach)