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Climate crisis: Should Berlin declare a state of emergency?

Activists are asking the city to officially declare a climate emergency (Photo: imago images / Müller-Stauffenberg)

Councils demand that the state of Berlin officially declares a climate emergency.

The world is running towards a full-blown catastrophe. And the German government? Reacts with a ‘climate package’ that’s not even worth its name. But we already know what needs to be done to save the world. Step number one: acknowledge the reality. Politically this would mean to officially declare a climate emergency. The councils of Pankow and Charlottenburg-Wilmersdorf have already done so on a local level. But not so the government of the state of Berlin. Regine Günther, the senator for environment, is in favour, but some of her colleagues are still blocking the move.

When the highest level of politics is too slow, the lower level has to take up the task: councils have always been faster and more pragmatic in their decision making anyway. So this year on November 2nd, representatives from the different councils will hold a climate emergency conference. There, they will share how they’ve declared the emergency, and discuss with scientists and the general public how to take the next steps. More information on klimanotstand.berlin (German only).

Wondering how to do your bit? We’ve compiled a list with 30 ways to help limit climate damage in your daily life.

Translated by Aida Baghernejad


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