The aim of the City4Future project is to clarify the relation between energy topics and climate change/climate protection and to develop an attractive offer for teachers as a supplement to regular lessons, in which basic knowledge is conveyed in a child-friendly way. On the one hand, the pupils should be encouraged to understand and evaluate the technical, socio-economic and ecological background. On the other hand, through increased environmental awareness, they are to be enabled to identify their own possibilities for action and to implement climate protection measures in everyday family life. The City4Future project therefore creates an offer for schools that stands out from classic lessons and is strongly action-oriented. The teaching materials are designed according to the principle "understand – design/act – evaluate/reflect", so that the pupils are invited to work out solutions to current and future issues independently. They are to research, tinker, assemble, explore and reflect on the results of their interactive work.
In concrete terms, the pupils develop ideas for their fictitious city, which is to be climate-neutral in ten years. The different city districts or teaching modules face different challenges of climate change and deal with e.g., wind power, energy storage or energy consumption in buildings. The implementation of the teaching modules can be flexible in the secondary level between two lessons and a project week. Partner companies can be involved in the implementation in various ways.
City4Future is developed by the Wuppertal Institute together with and for the Wissensfabrik – Unternehmen für Deutschland e. V. (Knowledge Factory – Companies for Germany).