From September until November 2012 students of the Goethe-Gymnasium raised the question of the contribution that certain research institutions in Austria had made 20 years after the memorable world summit in Rio de Janeiro for climate change. In a first phase, relevant issues - primarily in the field of science – were taught and deepened by means of lectures and field trips. In a second phase, students conducted their own research and interviews with renowned scientists / experts on the current state of research. The results of this inventory were presented during the first pupils "Environment Conference" on 13th of November 2012.