Our generation must find solutions to the diverse problems caused by the unsustainable lifestyle we have in the global North. We are exceeding the planetary boundaries and not meeting the social boundaries. Most of the pressing issues at the moment, such as climate change, global inequalities, resource scarcity and pollution, can be linked back to our way of living (in the global North). Therefore, we have a responsibility to take action. We need solutions that are not only a quick fix, but that change the structure and paradigms of the system – we need to identify leverage points of change for the transformation we want to achieve.
One of the important actors of change to tackle these issues should be universities. Education shapes our society and therefore, universities should be at the forefront of sustainable transformations and innovations. They should be a place for the students to find and test out game-changing solutions.
With Wellenschlagen, we want to enhance the place that CAU is taking as an actor of change towards a sustainability transformation. We want to initiate a community that offer students participation and learning opportunities to engage, develop and implement innovative strategies on campus. We want to empower students as agents of change and contributors to game-changing solutions for the issue of unsustainable system structures.