Just like the university's operations, which currently have to be move to the digital space, we are also digitizing the Public Climate School this semester! This is a great challenge, but at the same time, of course, it is also an opportunity: This year there will not only be a program in Munich, but also a joint program across Students For Future Germany.
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The Public Climate School is designed to adapt courses to the topics covered, so that for one week the climate crisis is given the importance it deserves. In almost every subject area there is a direct link to the topics of climate justice, climate crisis/protection, climate policy and sustainability. Therefore, we would like to ask all professors and lecturers to devote the sessions of their courses during the PCS week to the challenges mentioned above.
Please note that this program is not necessarily final — although all listed events (barring illness or similar exceptions) will definitely take place, it may still happen that either room or time (or both) of some events changes. Equally, we are also in contact with several mor speakers, it is possible and indeed likely that some additional events will appear here soon. So it's for the best if you check if anything has changed the weekend before the Public Climate School starts.
Please note that digital rooms can also reach their limits, so that participation cannot be guaranteed. The respective speakers/organizers are responsible for the content and realization of the contributions
Please plan a little time for all these steps so that we can start the events on time!
Unser On-Demand-Programm besteht aus aufgezeichneten wissenschaftlichen Beiträgen, die während der Public Climate School hochgeladen werden. Auch nach der PCS werden die meisten dieser Beiträge weiterhin zur Verfügung stehen.
Soweit es uns möglich und gestattet ist, werden wir außerdem alle PCS-Beiträge nachträglich auf unserem Youtube Kanal veröffentlichen. Bundesweit ausgestrahlte Beiträge werden analog auf dem bundesweiten StuFF-Youtube Kanal zur hochgeladen.
In the week from the 25th to the 29th of November, a total of over 100 public lectures, workshops, discussions and other events were held at Munich's universities, all revolving around the combined topics of “climate crisis" and "climate justice”. These topics were considered from the perspectives of very different disciplines: from literature through political science all the way to chemistry or meteorology. Additionally, student assemblies on these same topics were called up at LMU and TUM.
Some of the events during the Public Climate School were recorded. You can re-watch the recordings on the Students For Future YouTube account
(Unfortunately we were partly only able to record the audio of the camera because we could not access the lecture room equipment).
On Thursday evening at the beginning of the student meetings we also had a live stream of a lecture by Prof. Dr. Harald Lesch (in German). You can watch it here:
You can download the slides to Lesch's talk here.
You can also still take a look onto the full programme of the PCS last year:
Students for Future is a group of students aiming to bring ecological and political activism to universities, as they play a special role in society: they bring scientific knowledge (from both humanities and natural science) into society.
And especially with the climate crisis in mind, politics must finally listen to what science has to say — and therefore universities in particular must finally take stand and fulfil their political responsibility! However, this commitment must start at the roots, which is why universities must once again become the political place they were in the past. In the last century universities were repeatedly the place where social change first formed and spread. Therefore, we encourage all students to become active in our democracy and to become politically involved. For this reason Students for Future organises the Public Climate School all over Germany.
The PCS aims to ensure that universities can no longer ignore the climate crisis as a side-topic the way it currently is the case. A global catastrophe requires commitment and activism from all social groups, with students not excluded.
First and foremost, the goal of the PCS is to inform: what is the climate crisis, which causes does it have and what are their consequences? In which ways does it affect global injustice? By presenting a wide variety of events, open to all, we aim to spread scientific facts and possible courses of action for the (near) future further among society. Furthermore, we want to confront all students with the subjects of climate crisis climate justice, mobilising them to act.
Universities should once again be a place of politics, the epicentres of that social change which is needed to limit the climate crisis. A culture of political debate must form, which can then develop seminal concepts for sustainable living on and in symbiosis with our planet. Democracy only works if enough people participate to bring fresh air into the debate. For this, the creative and critical minds of students are needed if we want to make a sustainable evolution possible. And in our opinion, today's students can bring great change into the world of tomorrow!
Equally, universities as institutions must make their voices heard, so that scientific findings, especially regarding the climate crisis, can be brought into the political debate and adequate measures can be taken. But this change must start from the bottom up, i.e. with the students.
For one week, there should be a lecture, discussion, or similar event behind every door on campus, all revolving around the subjects “climate crisis and climate justice.” For the students it should be possible to go to their usual classes and dealing with the issue in every lecture and seminar. In the meantime other events and activities will take place outside the regular teaching programme.
The lectures won't all be on natural science, as the climate crisis impacts all aspects of society. These include: economics, social injustice, migration, development, changing ecosystems and all the associated consequences, climate policies, the energy sector, power infrastructure and the policies which govern them, sustainable development and many more!
Cool! We need all the support that we can get. There are many ways to help — every small bit of effort makes a huge difference!
We need to reach 100,000 students in Munich. Start by telling all your friends about Students For Future and the Public Climate School! Post about it on social media (or share our posts), introduce your fellow students to the Public Climate School during a lecture (e.g. at the beginning or during a break; just ask the professor, most will let you speak over the microphone) … The more people hear about it, the more they will take an interest! Here you can find several Sharepics and slides to tell others about the PCS:
Obviously, to replace lectures we need the support of the responsible lecturer. In our experience, most are willing to support us — but of course, someone has to tell them about it!
How to ask a lecturer:
We need as many people to know about the Public Climate School if we want to make a difference! Maybe someone has valuable contacts or even volunteers to lecture a class! Networking is an important part of spreading any message, and it never harms.
We need you and your vision! Dates for our meetings are regularly posted on social media as well as in our Telegram Channel. Drop by and bring in you effort and ideas!
Sweet! Just email us so we can settle the details so we can plan the lecture:
To all lecturers: If you would like to make lectures, talks, workshops etc. on a suitable topic available to the public in the week of 25-29 May, simply provide us with the information neccesary here:
You want to join our group? Great! Just drop by on our Plenum, every Tuesday evening at 7 p.m., where we discuss strategies and plan future actions. Currently our plenas are held online on our Discord Server discord.gg/PjFRNHN. Otherwise the location will be announced a few days in advance in our Telegram-Channel and on our Social Media accounts.
If you have a suggestion or a request for cooperation, it is best to write us an email:
On our leaflets, we display four of the most important indicators showing the advancing climate crisis. From left to right: global temperature anomaly, average CO2-concentration, yearly loss of glacier ice, and average sea-level rise:
If you need leaflets, it is best to either write us an email or join our Telegram Channel and ask there.
You want to write an article about us? Cool! Here you can download our press releases on the Public Climate School and Student Assemblies (unfortunately, as of yet there are only the German versions):
Here you will find pictures that you can use in articles about us. Do not forget to mention the photographer.
We have made demans to the administration of the Technical University of Munich (TUM) based on wishes of students at TUM. You can download them here (unfortunately as well only in German):