Climate change: New approaches. New findings. New ways to communicate.

An event from the Discussions on International Cooperation series: Climate change: New approaches. New findings. New ways to communicate.

In Germany, climate change is people’s most commonly raised concern. 71 per cent of citizens say they fear a change in the global climate and the implications for their lives. So why do the alarming messages about climate change only get through to people at an abstract level and rarely cause them to change their behaviour?

Evidently, the paradigm ‘from knowledge to action’ does not apply to climate change. We know what needs to be done, but we do far too little to stop the global warming that affects us all, with its potentially catastrophic consequences for humankind. Following the Climate Change Conference in Katowice in 2018, it is now a question of translating the findings and the new challenges into political action. At the same time, we need a way to communicate effectively and convincingly with the global population. Why do the messages about climate by themselves have no impact? Which social and psychological hurdles do we need to overcome for politicians and society to take the step from knowledge to action? And what form can or must communication on climate change take if it is to trigger sustainable changes in behaviour?

These and other issues will be discussed by State Secretary Jochen Flasbarth, Federal Ministry for the Environment, Nature Conservation and Nuclear Safety and Sylvia Kotting-Uhl, Member of the German Federal Parliament, ALLIANCE 90/THE GREENS, Chair of the Committee on the Environment, Nature Conservation and Nuclear Safety. The author of the guest contribution is Carel Carlowitz Mohn, Director of Klimafakten.de.

Venue and date

GIZ Berlin Representation
Reichpietschufer 20
10785 Berlin, Germany

Thursday, 21 February 2019 from 19:00 to 20:30


Please sign up for the event by 8 February 2019 at the latest by emailing: GespraechezurIZ@giz.de