We need to act now, if we want to keep the planet in a liveable condition under climate change. The Paris Climate Agreement was a step in the right direction. Now ambition has to be raised and wrong approaches to solving the climate crisis have to be prevented. We want to promote real alternatives, advance social-ecologic transformation and hold those accountable whose business model causes climate change. A change of course is possible!
- Kai Kuhnhenn, Konzeptwerk Neue Ökonomie, Germany
- Diana Ürge-Vorsatz, Central European University Budapest and IPCC Working Group III Vice Chair
- Linda Schneider, Heinrich Böll Foundation, Senior Programme Officer International Climate Policy
In our Online Event "No Limits to Growth?" (15 December 2020) we present the „Societal Transfomation Scenario“, a new global mitigation scenario, which challenges not only the notion of perpetual global economic growth but also its compatibility with ambitious climate goals. It shows how through a reduction of production and consumption in the Global North, we can stay below 1.5°C without resorting to high-risk technologies while avoiding temperature overshoot.
With our two speakers we discuss the need for limiting production and consumption, in particular in wealthy countries of the Global North and explore to what extent are pathways of deeper transformation reflected in current work of the IPCC and what we can expect from the upcoming Sixth Assessment Report (AR6).
This event aims to open up the discussion around alternative pathways and future trajectories that are currently not considered in mainstream mitigation scenarios.
COP 26: Climate Conference in Glasgow
The 26th UN Climate Change Conference (UNFCCC COP 26) will be held in Glasgow, Scotland, from Oct. 31 to Nov. 12 and will be hosted by the United Kingdom in partnership with Italy. It had been postponed from November 2020 to 2021 because of the COVID 19 pandemic. Many civil society groups had lobbied for another postponement because of the inequitable participation opportunities caused by the pandemic.
The focus of this COP includes raising ambition levels, significantly increasing climate finance, and the issue of financial compensation for climate damages and losses. The Paris 1.5 degree target requires a rapid phase-out of coal, oil and gas, not empty "net zero" promises that rely on risky technologies or compensation mechanisms.
COP 2013 - 2020
In our blog "Global Energy Transition" global experts write about the international Energiewende.
The Climate Finance Fundamentals look at various aspects of climate change financing. It is meant to give readers unfamiliar with the global discourse about funding for climate action a better understanding of financial flows, the regions and countries they reach, and the climate interventions they target