What is it all about?
The event will consist of lectures on different aspects of climate change prepared by reknowned experts in the field. The lectures will be prepared in a way that allows the contents to be understood by secondary school and university students. [More]


The "African Climate Teach-In Day" consists of:

  1. a set of lectures in English prepared by some of the leading experts on climate change,
  2. a set of videos on the scientific, economic and social aspects of climate change which can be downloaded and a
  3. a discussion forum which will be on-line for 24 hours during the period of the initiative.

The lectures are divided into three categories:

Category A: Lectures on the scientific aspects of climate change including on modeling, forecasts and data analysis.
Category B: Lectures on social aspects on climate change, including economics, policy-making and social impacts.
Category C: Lectures dealing with education, communication and training on climate change.

Along the three themes, lectures describing regional initiatives, projects and other efforts involving different groups and stakeholders will be especially welcome, in particular those with approach/methods that may be replicable, transferable or likely to be of interest to a wide audience.

In order to keep the requirements as simple as possible, the lectures will be made available as downloadable PDF presentations. In addition to lectures, a set of guiding questions will be provided which can be discussed at the end of the lectures. The questions shall encourage the students to discuss the topics of the lectures and they are thought as a preparation for the discussions or as a guide through the discussions. A range of related video clips will also be available for visualizing selected impacts of climate change.

The discussion forum will offer participants the chance to interact with the lecturers and have first hand insights into the latest discussions on matters related to climate change at schools and universities around the world over the course of the African Climate Teach-In Day. Whilst individuals, universities and schools will use the African Climate Teach-In Day for information, direct scientific and cooperation contacts between the participants will also be encouraged.

In addition to the lectures, participants of the African Climate Teach-In Day will have access to two further features of the International Climate Change Information Programme in Hamburg, namely the Climate Change Studies Library and the Climate Projects Around the World. These can also be visited and their information and documents may be downloaded.

By participating in this Teach-In, lines of discussion will be opened and students will be encouraged to discuss facts, problems and solutions to deal with the challenges of climate change. It is hoped that the African Climate Teach-In Day will inspire faculty, staff and students to become more aware and to seek ways to address the problems that contribute to climate change in their countries and regions.


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