Please note that all slots of this workshop package are held in English!
Workshop 1: Big players – big goals? SDGs and UN policies
Nicole Schmidt, Martina Vetrovcova, Maximilian Jungmann
This interactive workshop aims to, first, provide the participants with deeper insights into the international institutional framework and the key players in the field of sustainable development and, second, to enable them to put what they have learned into practice. The first part of the workshop will provide a theoretical introduction to the development of the United Nations 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and its 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). The second part deals with the basic rules and procedures of UN negotiations as well as a short simulation of the Conference of the Parties (COP) to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change. Through the simulation, the participants will acquire essential practical knowledge of the work processes of the UN system. Lastly, attendees will discuss future directions of UN climate talks and sustainability more broadly.
In the COP simulation, every participant will play the role of a diplomat and represent one of the United Nations Member States. The country assignment will take place approximately 3-5 days before the beginning of the workshop, so that the participants can research and credibly represent the respective positions of the country assigned to them. Previous knowledge of simulation techniques is not required; the workshop will include a brief introduction to the simplified rules of a UN simulation.
Workshop 2: Motivating Actions on Climate Change: Communication Projects and their Impacts
Dr. Lilia Raileanu
Can a person’s one-year of trash fit into … a glass jar?! You might disbelieve this, you might have questions, or perhaps you want to find out more information in order to understand how and why that is possible. Projects like this exist and have triggered engaging reactions and debates among the online communities. They represent an example of how individual actions can create a shared engagement and have larger impacts on protecting our environment.
In this workshop, we want to examine how various projects to mitigate climate change can motivate actions through initiating debates, reaching a wide audience, and creating new forms of activism. We will critically examine several communication case studies and their elements, which maximize the motivation of action at personal, community, and policy levels. Areas like blog- and vlog-ging, media visuals, and arts will be intertwined with the themes of climate change and public science communication. You will also co-create your own project prototypes in fields related to climate change.
Workshop 3: Sustainability as a self-experiment
Helena Trenks, Volkmar Bäumgärtner
“Sustainability” and “sustainable development” are by now part of the common vocabulary in science, politics, business but also among the interested public. However, there are still lively discussions about which strategies are needed for sustainable development. Efficiency, sufficiency and resilience are often mentioned as suggestions, but what do they stand for? The responsibilities also provide plenty of issues for discussion.
Can sustainable development be controlled most effectively “top down” or does each individual have to make a certain contribution? And how could that look like?
Against this background, the seminar participants are invited to question their own actions in terms of “sustainability”. Additionally, anyone who wants to observe and experience not only in theory, but also in practice - and thus wants to achieve 4 credits on the spring days - can try a more sustainable way of life for 2 weeks after this workshop. For this self-experiment, first relevant fields of action and strategies will be identified and corresponding criteria will be discussed. Thereafter, each person chooses a field of action for the experiment. In the end the results and experiences should be presented and discussed with the other participants.
The evaluation session will take place on April 29 at 4 pm in the Zukunftsraum.
Participation in this workshop package makes it possible to achieve 4 credit points within the overall event "Sustainability Spring Days".
Tue 26.03.19, 10:30-12:30 + 13:30-15:30 (Workshop 1: UN-Politik) Geb. 20.30 Raum -1.011
Wed 27.03.19, 9-13 (Workshop 2: Communication Projects) Geb. 20.30 Raum 2.58
Thu 28.03.19 9-13 (Workshop 3: Selbstexperiment) Geb. 20.30 Raum 2.59