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First Educational Mission Statement for a Green and Sustainable Berlin

The Senate of Berlin has passed an Educational Mission Statement for a Green and Sustainable Berlin. By doing so, the state is making a major contribution to meeting the Sustainable Development Goals as well as the targets laid out in the Paris Agreement and the Convention on Biological Diversity.

“The Educational Mission Statement for a Green and Sustainable Berlin aims to pave the way to a holistic understanding of education on nature, the environment, the climate and sustainability across the generations,” states the preamble to the five-page document, which was passed by the Senate of Berlin on 10 August after being submitted by the Senator for the Environment, Transport and Climate Protection, Regine Günther. The mission statement also aims to create a “basis to promote a life lived in harmony with nature; to raise awareness for the benefits of living and working in a green and sustainable city; and to place a stronger emphasis on the value natural spaces have for our relaxation, health and enjoyment.”

The district coordination offices for education on nature and the environment will play a key role in the implementation of the first Berlin mission statement of its kind, acting as local points of contact for actors in environmental education and city residents. The mission statement defines the following key fields of activity: maintaining biological diversity; changing eating and consumption habits; as well as a sustainable cultural change in terms of mobility and production; digitisation; construction and housing; and energy and resource consumption. 

Targets of the first Educational Mission Statement for a Green and Sustainable Berlin: 
 

  • Strengthening education on nature, the climate, the environment and sustainability in Berlin: With the educational mission statement, the state is making a major contribution to meeting the Sustainable Development Goals as well the targets laid out in the Paris Agreement and the Convention on Biological Diversity. 
     
  • Promoting a holistic understanding of education on nature, the environment, the climate and sustainability across the generations. Besides formal education providers, the state aims to increasingly involve non-formal actors and their educational offers. 
     
  • Mutual and networked depiction of diversity in urban society. Throughout the city, Berliners will be given the space and freedom they need to create a green and sustainable life. 
     
  • Providing impetus for current societal discussions.

The educational mission statement is a key component when it comes to shaping a green and sustainable Berlin by at least 2030. It was developed by actors and interest groups within urban society in a joint process, which was accompanied by the Fields Institute, a non-profit organisation. As a living document, the mission statement is intended to be substantiated and updated in a continuous and participative process by politics, administration and actors within urban society. (vdo)

Download the first Educational Mission Statement for a Green and Sustainable Berlin here (German only)