Interview with #MISYCS speaker Andreas Obermeier – Carrotmob macht Schule!
At the upcoming MIS Youth Climate Summit, Andreas Obermeier of GreenCity Munich, will lead two workshops. He is the program director of “Carrotmob macht Schule,” a program in the National Climate Initiative of the German Federal Environment Ministry.
Sidney, 9th grade student on our planning committee, interviewed Andreas Obermeier recently to find out more about him.
Could you explain Greencity to me as if I was someone who did absolutely no research on it? What have you accomplished in the past?
Green City e.V. was founded in 1990 as “München 2000 autofrei” – obviously, there are still cars driving in the city. Nevertheless we are one of the most active and well-known environmental NGOs in Munich. Our main topics are climate protection, sustainable mobility and urban design as well as environmental education – we make Munich greener in a lot of ways and even more worth living in. The Streetlife Festival, the Blade night or the “Wanderbaumallee” are the most known projects, and we also brought the carrotmob to Munich.
What’s up with the Carrot mob? What role do they play?
A carrotmob is an event in a shop/café. Organized by a group of pupils a carrotmob brings together environmental education and climate protection. During the event customers are informed about climate issues and the money earned during the day is directly invested in more efficient and climate protective goods in the shop. And all that with a lot of fun…
What role do you play in Greencity?
I am project manager in the environmental education section of Green City e.V., explicitly head of the programme “Carrotmob macht Schule” – my aim is to establish carrotmob projects in schools all over Germany.
Is there any particular reason you chose to visit the MIS Youth Climate Summit?
I like very much getting in touch with young people and enabling them to get active in climate protection – and promoting “Carrotmob macht Schule”. MIS Youth Climate Summit is the perfect stage to get in contact with both pupils AND teachers willing to do something against climate change: spread the word and take action!
How is Germany as a whole, climate-wise? What can we learn from other countries? What can other countries learn from us?
I think there is a lot of talking and not so much doing… My impression is that most of the action comes from (small) initiatives and NGOs – policymakers and economies have to move to make a huge difference.
It’s easy to tell us what you like about your organisation, but what would you say is wrong with Greencity? What needs to be improved?
We have to persuade more and more people to alter their behavior to prevent serious consequences of climate change – in their daily lives, consumption, and mobility. And all that in a positive and non-regulative way – that is a huge task…