Climate Protection & Environment

Climate protection as a cross-cutting social issue

The field of action Climate Protection and Environment showed the diversity of voluntary commitment to climate protection in the capital, aimed to strengthen the commitment in all areas of social action and expand the networking between the committed.  

The consequences of global warming are already being felt around the world. Sea levels are rising faster than ever. Thunderstorms and heavy rainfall events are flooding areas, communities and cities. Dry periods are becoming longer and longer, causing agricultural yields to collapse. Forest fires and bark beetles are damaging and destroying forests, and extreme heat days are causing extreme hardship, especially for older people. Stopping global warming is the greatest challenge of this century. 



BUND Bootsdemo zum Klimastreik am 19.3.2021 an der Oberbaumbrücke © Stefan Müller
BUND climate strike on boats

As the main perpetrators of the climate crisis - but also as pioneers of a climate-friendly way of life - the industrialized countries, and thus also Germany, have a special responsibility.  Voluntary commitment has always been indispensable for environmental and climate protection. The most prominent current example is the Fridays for Future students, whose protest spurred public discussion and reporting on the climate crisis and put the issue high on the political agenda. 

Even before Fridays for Future, many thousands of people in Germany - young and old alike - were successfully campaigning to protect the environment and the climate. Be it for the nuclear phase-out, against the dying of the forests or at the important climate protection agreement in Paris. This shows the influence of voluntary commitment. But it also shows that commitment enables co-determination and thus represents an important part of a democratic society. Across Germany, groups and associations are taking action directly in their region to tackle the issues that are important there. And individuals are also getting involved locally. New initiatives and projects emerge every day - often with completely new ideas and approaches. 

The aim of the action field was to bring diverse actors into dialogue with each other. What does it take, for example, to make spontaneous commitment sustainable? What support do people need in order to commit themselves in the long term? And vice versa: What can other fields of volunteering learn from this kind of "spontaneous" commitment? 

Successful climate protection requires changes in numerous areas of life and society. Be it in the areas of mobility, agriculture and nutrition, production and consumption of goods, energy generation and many more. Climate protection is a cross-cutting social issue.  

For the action field climate protection and environment the main implementation partner was the BUND e.V.

The start of the action field was May 1, 2021.

Throughout the year there were various workshops and also the weekly meeting place "Coal? - Just switch it off! - Welcome to the "Working Group Climate & Renewable Energies (AK-Klee)" of BUND Berlin e.V."

Magazine: Strengthening commitment to climate and environmental protection in civil society organizations

In November, the workshop "Strengthening Climate Protection & Commitment in Associations, Clubs and Trade Unions" organized by BUND took place. The workshop focused on the questions "How can commitment to climate and environmental protection be strengthened? Where are the opportunities for cooperation with environmental protection associations?" were in the foreground. A few collected best practice examples can be found here.

To the magazine article
© Stefan Müller (BUND e.V.)


Bund für Umwelt und Naturschutz Deutschland e.V. (BUND)

The BUND-Landesverband Berlin currently has about 15,000 members, supporters and donors. Many BUND groups and the BUNDjugend, the independent youth organization within BUND, work on various topics, such as the climate-friendly city, the protection of individual biotopes and bodies of water, park maintenance, environmentally compatible mobility planning or environmentally compatible waste management. People of all ages and professions are involved in these groups: schoolchildren, students, trainees, employees, the self-employed, retirees. They all use their free time to work for environmental protection and nature conservation in Berlin. 
The voluntary commitment is supported by the full-time employees of the BUND regional office. They help organize campaigns and actions, manage membership fees and donations, evaluate daily media coverage and provide support through professional press relations. 


BUND e.V. , regional association Berlin

Marc Schwingel
Climate Protection Department / Project Management "Berlin Climate Day" 

Tel: +49 30 787 900-52



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