Green ideas exchange with international students at IASS

Win­ners of the idea con­test with COBENEFITS research asso­ciate Ayo­de­ji Okunlola

On Sep­tem­ber 6, 2018, we wel­comed a group of stu­dents from Turkey and Slove­nia at the IASS. After an intro­duc­tion about the insti­tute and the COBENEFITS project by sci­en­tif­ic direc­tor Ortwin Renn and COBENEFITS research asso­ciate Ayo­de­ji Okun­lo­la, the teenagers pitched their own ideas for an oppor­tu­ni­ty-ori­ent­ed clean ener­gy tran­si­tion in their countries.

From sus­tain­able water usage deals between gov­ern­ment and farm­ers to ener­gy gen­er­a­tion with biodegrad­able waste in remote com­mu­ni­ties, the stu­dents came up with remark­able solu­tions. The win­ners of the infor­mal con­test pitched their idea for green ener­gy clubs at schools in Turkey with which they would hope to raise aware­ness at an ear­ly age.

In times of par­tial­ly chal­leng­ing diplo­mat­ic rela­tions and the urgent need for cli­mate action, we believe that exchanges like this can play an impor­tant part in build­ing oppor­tu­ni­ty-ori­ent­ed part­ner­ships and rais­ing the ambi­tion lev­el in future generations.