Generation F3 - Fit for Future

How does climate change affect the homeless in North Tyrol or pregnant women in South Tyrol? What can be done to improve their situation? Will agriculture and tourism in both regions be able to adapt to climate change and which adaptation practices, strategies and options do exist? Is the number of natural hazard events increasing in North- and South Tyrol? If so, how can those threats be handled? 

These are some of the questions that eighty-two secondary school students from both provinces (Tyrol and South Tyrol) presented their answers to in regard to local climate change adaptation in the Alps at the first event “Generation F3 - Fit for Future*”. At the event, taking place in June 2018, the Secretary General of the Alpine Convention, Ambassador Markus Reiterer, engaged in an active discussion with the students and emphasized the importance of awareness creation and new innovative approaches to climate change adaptation. “It is very inspiring to see so many engaged young people full of smart and innovative ideas to tackle climate change in the Alps. I am very optimistic seeing that these young minds are looking for new ways how to make their homes better adapted to the climate change; furthermore, this also makes me believe that they do plan to stay in the region, and that is truly the goal here – this is how we make the Alps ‘ours’ and ‘liveable’,” concluded the Secretary General.

*“Generation F3 – Fit for Future” is a trans- and interdisciplinary education-research-cooperation between the Department of Geography at the University of Innsbruck, the European Academy Bolzano/Bozen (Eurac Research), two secondary schools in North Tyrol and two secondary schools in South Tyrol, funded by the Autonomous Province Bolzano/Bozen – South Tyrol.

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