Grade 10 Students Meet With German Climate Activists

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Last Friday, grade 10 students welcomed the prominent German climate activists Luisa Neubauer and Alexander Repenning to GISB. Luisa Neubauer, who attended the event virtually, and Alexander Repenning were at GISB to discuss their book “Beginning to End the Climate Crisis: A History of Our Future.” They were accompanied by Sabine von Mering, who recently translated the book into English. As part of an integrated Social Studies and Computer Science project, students prepared for the visit by discussing the book in class and designing websites analyzing the authors’ theses. Students spend the morning in a lively discussion about the threats that climate change poses and what actions need to be taken in the near future to prevent a climate catastrophe. At the end of the visit, a student representative of the GISB student newspaper had the opportunity to sit down with Alexander Repenning for an in-depth interview. Stay tuned for the soon-available first edition of the online newspaper to read the interview.

Luisa Neubauer is one of the co-organizers of Fridays for Future and is the most prominent representative of the German movement. She hosts the German Podcast 1,5 Grad (1.5 degrees). Alexander Repenning is a facilitator and writer engaged in climate justice. He is an education manager at Right Livelihood, connecting activism and academia. Sabine von Mering is a professor of German and women’s, gender, and sexuality studies and director of the Center for German and European Studies at Brandeis University. She is a core member of the Environmental Studies Program and a longtime climate activist with 350Mass and NoCoalNoGas.

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