In addition to the Bremen-Durban and Bremen-Windhoek Partnerships for Sustainability, the Secretary of State, Federal and European Affairs and Development Cooperation of the Free Hanseatic City of Bremen supports other climate-oriented cooperation’s between Bremen-based actors and partners in Africa.
There is a close collaboration between the North German Mission in Bremen and the Evangelical Presbyterian (EP) Churches in Ghana and Togo. As the climate expert and EP Church Ghana partner Charles Agboklu puts it: "We want to reach as many people in Ghana as possible and show them in a variety of ways what they can do about climate change. And we are already starting with the children and teenagers." Mr. Agboklu heads the Religious Bodies Network on Climate Change (RELBONET), an inter-faith network that is committed to taking action on climate change through education. RELBONET’s initiatives include reforestation projects and school-based "Eco Clubs" that train students as multipliers who can inform others about climate change and climate protection.
At the North German Mission, Dr. Koffi Emmanuel Noglo from Togo has been tasked with raising awareness of climate change and climate justice among young people in Bremen and northwest Germany, as part of the project "Globalization Made Real: Climate Justice".
Nature Friends Bremen’s International Climate Project is an educational initiative for children and young people from Europe and Africa. As tomorrow’s decision makers and consumers, they are front and center in the climate project. Under the rubric of Education for Sustainable Development (ESD), the project inspires children and young people to engage early on with the environment, climate change and renewable energy. Using easily understandable materials such as “climate suitcases”, students are trained to become climate scouts.
The project’s first climate workshop in Namibia was held in 2014, with activities geared towards combating climate change. A subsequent seminar took place in early 2015 at a primary school in Windhoek, and in 2016 students from schools in Bremen and Windhoek participated in an online exchange.
To show the way from knowledge to action, educational initiatives are linked with concrete, environment-oriented projects. In a national competition in 2013, the International Climate Project was named “Energy Saver Champion” and selected as the best school project in Germany.