1. Fair Football Game at ISK Tirol

Project in cooperation with the “Klimabündnis Tirol“ in the course of the topic focus on “Global Responsibility“

It is not always fair and just on our planet. This was already known by most players before the kick-off to this rather special football game. Students could immediately see and feel what exactly was behind this sportive workshop titled “Fair Play for Climate Justice“: Unfair rules, different quantity of players in each team, different goal and ball sizes and even impediments in the game, such as „playing and jumping with one leg only“.

The teams were lead by the two PE teachers Mona Semsch and Andreas Schwab. At the beginning  it was 8 on 8, then six players of one team were sent off the pitch without any reason or explanation. The rules were made and executed by the referee Brigitte Drabek of the “Klimabündnis Österreich“ and this was not always done in a fair and just way.

The game 2 on 8 was a symbol for the global energy consumption. A quarter of the world’s population uses up three quarters of the produced energy. In another match a huge ball -  a symbol for the energy consumption in Austria – was used. The energy consumption in Austria is 14 times higher than the average consumption in the country of Malawi. In different memorable football games other “sad“ realities in termes of energy and environmental consequences could be shown; e.g. how much and how fast the vital rain forest is destroyed every year.

In the presentation that followed the activity in the gym the class learned more about the topic of “Global Justice“: the majority of people have very little ressources at their disposal, emits just a fraction of CO2 and in addition is financially unprivileged. The presentation was illustrated by the “World Game“ in which students could portray the world’s population, the relative energy consumption as well as the relative wealth in different regions of the world. Another impressive part of the workshop session included a presentation by the workshop leader (Brigitte Drabek) that consisted of pictures and personal stories of her experiences in different tropical rain forest regions of the Amazonas.