Scientists 4 Future

 S4F Group ©Maike Buhr
The regional S4F group Lüneburg

Contact

The contact address for all, external and internal, who want to get in touch with Scientists 4 Future group Lüneburg:

s4f-lueneburg@leuphana.de

Further information

Our faculty is working actively in many areas for a sustainable development. More information and latest events you will find on the faculty's homepage and on the faculty's facebook page.

Homepage faculty of sustainability

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Who we are, what we do and why we do it.

  • Who we are
  • What we do
  • Why we do it

Who we are, what we do and why we do it.

Who we are

The S4F regional group in Lüneburg was formed at Leuphana University in March 2019, and incorporates scientists from a range of scientific institutions in the area. We are a group of sustainability, social and natural scientists who are organizing to stand with the school students in the Fridays for Future movement. We have signed the Scientists for Future declaration that publically declares our support for the climate strikes and the scientific claims they make (see further information in scientific article and fact sheet). Further, we take action to support our local school students in their efforts to secure a sustainable future in Lüneburg and beyond (see voices of students and their scientific base).

Leuphana University places sustainability at the centre of its teaching and research. Within this, some of us are specialists in transdisciplinary research, while others research the natural science basis of our changing environment or the educational approaches needed to develop competences to shape sustainable development. Together, we work to integrate scientific and practical knowledge, and engage with decision-makers and action-takers to co-create solutions to sustainability problems, such as climate change. We cannot provide all the answers, but we can create bridges between different skills and knowledge in order to find them.

What we do

We act as a hub to stimulate evidence-based action to ensure that Lüneburg and surrounds are doing their part to preventing climate breakdown.

Our activities will evolve over time within this remit. Currently we are focusing on equipping people with the skills necessary to understand the threat of climate breakdown, and understand the types of actions that can be taken in the region.  With this focus, we offered a Climate literacy workshop in September 2019 to tie into the international week of climate action.

Climate literacy workshop. Aimed at parents, teachers, interested public. Evening of Wednesday 25thSeptember at Leuphana University. We receive many requests to provide facts, or verify information about climate change. To help people feel more confident in locating, understanding and using information about climate change we created this workshop. We focused on the basic science of climate change, how to access information, how to feel confident in the validity of information, and understanding how such information is generated (and the key organisations to be aware of). 

Why we do it

As a group of scientists, the Fridays for Future movement and the school strikes have given us hope. Scientists have been saying for decades that we are heading for a climate catastrophe. We have been developing ideas for alternatives to our current destructive system, and have tools and techniques for exploring sustainable futures or implementing sustainability in the education system. But it has often felt like no one was listening. The climate strikes have fundamentally changed the conversation, and have people listening and motivated to act to prevent climate breakdown. We want to come together with the school students to participate in this conversation, and to bring forward the skills that we have, and the knowledge that sustainability science has created. We want the school students to know that they are not shouldering this responsibility alone – we stand with them, and together we can create change.

 

News & Activities

  • Global Climate Strike in Lüneburg // 29.11.19
  • Climate Literacy Workshop // 29.09.19
  • Pop-up Seminar // 24.05.19

News & Activities

Global Climate Strike in Lüneburg // 29.11.19

At 29.11.19 we took part at the global Climate Strike in Lüneburg, to publicly support our local students and their political demands.

 

Climate Literacy Workshop // 29.09.19

On 29th September 2019, Scientists 4 Furture Lueneburg hosted a climate literacy workshop. The workshop was aimed at parents, teachers and interested adults, to help them support the school strikers and understand the science that is behind the Fridays 4 Future movement. When Greta Thunberg implores us to 'listen to the scientists', who are the scientists, and what are they saying? To answer these questions, we provided three short presentations, with time for questions and discussion. Our presentations were:

  1. Climate change: Science and impact - Dr. Holger Brix, Institute for coastal rsearch, Helmholtz-Zentrum Geesthacht
  2. From science to politics: The IPCC – Prof. Dr. Julia Leventon, und Herr Steffen Pabst, Faculty of sustainability, Leuphana University Lüneburg.
  3. Local actions for sustainability - Lüneburg 2030+ - Dr. Annika Weiser, Faculty of sustainability, Leuphana University Lüneburg.

The workshop was attended by approx. 20 people, and was a productive evening of discussion. If you would be interested to attend a repeat of this event, please let us know by email.

Pop-up Seminar // 24.05.19

At the global climate strike on 24th May 2019, we hosted short pop-up seminars on the Market Square in Lüneburg. Our scientists joined the demonstrators, and then hosted short discussions on a range of topics related to the Fridays for Future demands. Each discussion was hosted by an expert in that topic, and related to research being done at Leuphana. These included:

- The city as experiment: Zukunftsstadt Lüneburg 2030+ (future city Lüneburg 2030+)
- Regional climate models, the climate in Lüneburg in 2050
- Contributing to the future: why local projects can influence the future
- Biodiversity and climate change
- Energy transitions