Shortly before the World Climate Summit in Paris in late November, Frank Böttcher from the Hamburg Institute for Weather and Climate Communication will be hosting a climate talk at Hamburg’s environment centre Gut Karlshöhe. Taking place on Thursday, 26 November, Professor Claudia Kemfert of the German Institute for Economic Research in Berlin (DIW), the Hamburger Minister for Environment and Energy Jens Kerstan, and Prof. Mojib Latif from GEOMAR Helmholtz Centre for Ocean Research Kiel will be discussing the prospects the evenutal conclusion of a global climate treaty and its implications for climate protection in Germany.
Implications for Hamburg
As cities are the world’s largest energy consumers and producers of emissions, their transformation into low-carbon places is quintessential. As Hamburg will feel the effects of climate change directly, it is time to act, Kerstan says. “Climate change can no longer be stopped, we are right in the middle of it. The sea level is rising, we have heat waves and heavy rain. All these having already been affecting the city.” At the same time, the economic opportunities of the global energy turnaround are particularly good for the Hamburg Metropolitan Region as a catalyst of renewable energies.
In Paris, the United Nations will working with the French government towards securing a legally binding global climate agreement to curb carbon emissions for all 194 member states of the UN. “Climate protection can only be successful with international cooperation – and everyone taking his own responsibility seriously”, says Kerstan. Thus, the climate talk will also address the question on how citizens can contribute to the process. The climate talk will be held on Thursday, 26. November, from 6.30 – 8.30 p.m. at Gut Karlshöhe in Hamburg Bramfeld.