EU 1.5° Lifestyles at the 2024 Potsdam Science Day!

Potsdam Day of Science 2024
RIFS Potsdam
#Climate Puzzle; Potsdam Science Day; #ptdw24

Research Institute for Sustainability (RIFS) were at the 2024 Potsdam Day of Science to present the EU 1.5° Lifestyles project and play the #ClimatePuzzle with citizens.

The 2024 Potsdam Day of Science (Potsdamer Tag der Wissenschaften) took place on 4 May from 12-19:00 at the Telegrafenberg, Helmholtz Centre Potsdam - German Research Centre GFZ. More than 6,000 people attended the event to learn about and discuss research in the Brandenburg region, with many of the presentations focusing on the environmental crises. Guests of honour included Manja Schüle, Brandenburg's Minister for Science, Research and Culture, and Mike Schubert, Lord Mayor of Potsdam.

🎲 The #ClimatePuzzle helps citizens think about their individual CO2 emissions and find ways to reduce them to the level required by the Paris Agreement (around 2.5 tonnes per person per year). You can find out more about our Climate Puzzle here.

🌍 Participants were encouraged to think about structural barriers and enablers that could help them make the necessary changes, beyond individual 'lifestyle' choices. They were asked what would enable them and other households to live 1.5° lifestyles, what broader societal structures (material and immaterial) are still lacking. In the area of mobility, cheaper and more accessible public transport systems were particularly popular, while citizens also suggested policies such as a tax on plastics, greener art and help in financing solar panels. 

Citizen suggestions for structural change to enable 1.5° lifestyles in Germany
RIFS Potsdam / Matthias Tang
Citizen suggestions for structural change to enable 1.5° lifestyles in Germany - Potsdam Day of Science 2024

 The EU 1.5° Lifestyles project team at RIFS who participated in the Science Day (Doris, Lea and Halliki) were supported by many other brilliant colleagues at RIFS (Sabine, Matthias, Achim, Darina, Edda, Christina and Armin) in playing the climate puzzle with the citizens. 

Halliki Kreinin - RIFS