The field of action Climate Protection and Environment shows the diversity of voluntary commitment to climate protection in the capital, would like 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.
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 is 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 is the BUND e.V.
The start of the action field is May 1, 2021.