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Students for Sustainable Development – Oikos Vienna supporting the International Conference on Climate Action

Kathrin Zirn, sustainability masters student and member of Oikos Vienna,  spent the last days at the International Conference on Climate Action(ICCA 2019) in Heidelberg and supported the Youth Climate Summit as a moderator. In a wide range of workshops, young people from 15 countries worked on specific political demands that were then presented to leaders, mayors and politicians from around the globe. The ICCA serves as a preparatory event for the next Global Climate Action Summit in September 2019, with a special focus on cities and local action. Thus, leaders gathered in Heidelberg to redesign their policies and targets in line with the < 2 degrees Paris Agreement (as with current plans we are heading towards 3-4 degrees global warming).

One highlight was a workshop named “Levers for System Change” in collaboration with Katharina Umpfenbach, senior fellow at the political consultancy institute Ecologic Berlin. In this workshop, students explored the underlying rules of our economic system, the homo economicus and externalized costs. Also, societal practices, their components and roots, as well as ways to change practices were discussed. As a result it was visible that the real social context of policy tools is too often underestimated in current policy making. In a reflection on possible transition management, many ideas were collected on how to improve ecological problems in transport, energy and food from a social and economic perspective.

Other interesting workshops that took place covered Climate Justice and Adaptation, City Planning and Sustainable Land Use. The excitement and youth engagement was real!

Seeing the creativity and determination of our youth, a sustainable transformation in line with the UN Agenda 2030 seems more and more possible.

Our warmest gratitude goes to Amany van Oehsen, Bund für Umwelt und Naturschutz (BUND), Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ), the German Federal Ministry for the Environment, Nature Conservation, Building and Nuclear Safety (BMUB), Climate Analytics and Ecologic Institute.

written by Kathrin


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Wachstum im Wandel – Einblick in eine außergewöhnliche Konferenz – Gastbeitrag

P1050374Anmutig geschwungene Linien, schiefe Treppenhäuser, ein strahlend weißer Canyon. Eine kleine Gruppe von Menschen, die sich angeregt unterhält, flaniert am Buffet vorbei. Heute gibt es Rote-Rüben-Carpaccio mit gerösteten Mehlwürmern. Eine Szene aus einem Science-Fiction-Film? Nein, wir befinden uns in Wien – im neuen „Library and Learning Center“ der Wirtschaftsuni am Prater. Und genauso futuristisch wie das Gebäude, das von Zaha Hadids Büro geplant wurde, dürften manchen Studierenden und Lehrenden an diesem Ort wohl auch einige der Themen und Redner_innen angemutet haben, die während der dritten „Wachstum im Wandel“-Konferenz , vom 22.-24. Februar, präsentiert wurden. Dank einer Kooperation mit der ÖH BOKU konnten fünf Studierende an diesem beeindruckenden Event kostenlos teilnehmen. Weiterlesen

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From MDG to SDG – Making Goals Tangible



On January 18th Oikodrom held a conference in Vienna on the topic “From MDG to SDG: New aspects of global development strategies”. The goal of the conference was to provoke a reflective discourse on the UN’s newly introduced SDG (Sustainable Development Goals) via a critical exchange of knowledge and experience. Weiterlesen

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CEE Meeting Day 1 – Welcome to Vienna, DIYing and Networking

_MG_1542On a very warm, windy and pleasant Vienna day, the oikos CEE Meeting 2015 commenced. Participants travelled from more than seven countries to be united in learning more about the concept of Circular Economy and generate a flow of interesting perspectives and ideas to share.