Von Hirschhausen calls for more climate knowledge in schools | free press

“If we take the definition of heat free from my childhood, there won’t be any lessons soon,” says Eckart von Hirschhausen — and calls for more attitudes to educate students about climate change.


Cabaret doctor and artist Eckart von Hirschhausen calls for more knowledge about climate change in German schools. “Of course there is something in the textbooks about the greenhouse effect and co, but it doesn’t explain what it means for me and my life,” the artist said Friday at the start of the German School Heads Conference in Düsseldorf.

At the age of 17, he gave a presentation at school about the meaning of car-free Sundays. “Today we should have a minister explain to us that the speed limit is not working because we don’t have enough signals,” he said. Von Hirschhausen argued that this was the reason for the need for political pressure from school administrations, teachers, and students throughout Germany.

He remembers the rare days when there was no heat when he was at school — with 25 degrees at 10 a.m.: “If we take the definition of heat-free from my childhood, there won’t be any lessons soon.” The doctor said such stories and personal situations are essential to enlighten and motivate school children.

At the 11th Congress of German Teachers (10-12 November) Approximately 3,000 participants and 60 expected speakers. Among them are scientists, but also celebrities such as Olympic swimming champion Britta Stephen or sociologist Harald Welzer. (dpa)

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