Gymnasium Brunsbüttel (2018)

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Climate Change Mitigation: What does this mean for Developing Countries? (2018)

The media continually reports about the failure to provide help. For example, the failure to provide help in the case of a deceased pensioner in an Essen bank. The phenomenon can be seen in almost every country and happens in very different situations, for example mobbing, racism, accidents and attacks, where many people do not intervene and help even though they could. In addition to the personal suffering of the victim, failure to assist has social consequences for society as it reduces macroeconomic welfare. ‘Nudges’ could be a way of increasing the willingness to help. A nudge is a method that influences the behaviour of people without having to resort to bans or laws or having to change social incentives. Nudges are becoming a more popular way of influencing people’s behaviour as new laws or regulations do not have to be issued as policy. Nudges could help to overcome individual blocks such as fear or uncertainty concerning responsibility, thus increasing the level of social welfare.

The Team

The Gymnasium Brunsbüttel is participating in the 2018 Young Economic Summit contest. One group is willing to take the challenge of developing a new economic concept. Our theme is called “Climate Change Mitigation: What does this mean for Developing countries?”  This is undoubtedly one of the most important questions nowadays because more and more CO2 is emitted into the atmosphere. As a consequence, the sea level is rising, and extreme weather incidents are happening more often. The developing countries play a huge role in the reduction of carbon emissions. Finding a solution is crucial to saving our climate and also our planet. This is one reason that our group is interested in finding solutions and new ways. On the other hand, Brunsbüttel lies directly behind the coastal protection dyke at an elevation of zero metres above sea level, which would make our homes one of the first regions getting hit by rising sea level.

Our group consists of eleven students and our consultant teacher, Mr Steinfeld. All students visit the same class, the chemistry profile Q1b in the 12th grade. We are all highly interested and motivated and want to do something more than our normal economics and politics lessons. For us, the question of our theme is a challenge which leads us to a new understanding of political as well as economic mechanisms. The contest gives us the opportunity to get a glimpse into scientific work and problem solving, something that rarely happens during normal lessons.

At the moment the problem is defined, the tasks are distributed, and we are brainstorming for ideas that we could turn into a concept. We are looking forward to presenting our ideas, and we hope to get as far as possible in this contest.

YES!-Team Gymnasium Brunsbüttel

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