Climate change is one of the central challenges facing humankind in the 21st century. If we are unable to slow this process, it will massively change living conditions on the Earth and put our lives under enormous pressure. In many places, the effects of global temperature rise are already evident today – increasingly also in Central Europe.
Contrary to all the promises made by the international community of states, the political response remains inadequate: there is a considerable gap between those measures to achieve the targets of the Paris Agreement that have been announced and their actual implementation. Effective climate action is therefore needed more urgently than ever. We must reduce global emissions quickly and drastically.
Ambitious climate action requires a significant and complex shift in society that encompasses all areas of life and has no historical precedent. Accordingly, the expectations, interests and priorities of the various actors in politics, business and civil society differ.
In the activities we will be pursuing until 2025, we will concentrate on two aspects in particular. For one thing, climate change is exacerbating existing social inequalities by posing an additional burden on those groups that are disadvantaged in the first place. Climate policy also leads to instances of financial redistribution in society that many citizens perceive as unfair. What is needed here are solutions that enable climate action while at the same time reducing injustice.
For another thing, the shift offers opportunities for innovation and growth. It has the potential to strengthen the resilience and competitiveness of the European economy – especially when it comes to the economic recovery following the Covid pandemic. This is also reflected in the European Commission’s “European Green Deal”. We want to help underpin this central guideline with an effective climate action agenda.
Together with a broad range of societal actors, we want to help Germany and the EU implement a fair and ambitious climate change mitigation policy. In this context, we believe that solid analysis, trust-based dialogue, civil society support and fact-based media reporting are the best way forward for our work.