Blogpost series: Current protests for climate protection

As the protests for more political engagement in climate protection have spread to even more countries and expandend from schoolchildren protesting on “Fridays for Future” to “Scientists for Future” supporting them, we have decided to publish a series of blogposts on this social movement, its coverage in the debate and in media reporting.

This post will serve to compile a list of the blogposts related to this topic.

Part 1: “Fridays for Future” – Can the next generation save our world?, January 27, 2019

Part 2: Public protests “for future” as part of citizenship – children and scientists included, March 15, 2019

Part 3: “Yes, but“-narrative in the German climate debate, March 20, 2019

Part 4: Science for Dummies, March 20, 2019

There is also a report about the climate change protests in Boulder, Colorado (USA) on our partner blog, as well as a comment by Max Boykoff why “The kids are all right”.

Das Klimaschutzprogramm 2030: eine Farce

von Joana Kollert

Vor gut einem Monat hat das Klimakabinett der Bundesregierung sein Klimaschutzprogramm 2030, meist bezeichnet als “Klimapaket”, vorgestellt. Das Programm wurde häufig für mangelnden Ehrgeiz kritisiert. Beispielsweise meint Patrick Graichen, Direktor des Thinktanks Agora Energiewende, dass die vorgesehenen Maßnahmen „bestenfalls für ein Drittel des Weges“ bis zur 2030er Ziellinie reichen. Ich habe mir die Zusammenfassung des Klimaschutzprogrammes durchgelesen und möchte meine eigenen Bedenken einbringen.

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Climate protests in the court room – Climate change litigation is on the rise

by Fenja De Silva-Schmidt

Besides demonstrations in the streets and public calls for climate action, activists are also attempting to fight for stricter climate protection laws by employing the legal system. Filing lawsuits against nations and states, political actors or companies in the context of climate change is called climate change litigation. Recently, some cases have gained prominence in German reporting as well as in international media coverage.

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Climate Communications Awards – You Can Vote!

Edit 8 November: The vote is already closed now and the winners have been announced yesterday: they are two young women with their impressive poetic video “Rise”, which you can watch here.

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The British climate communication organisation Climate Outreach has initiated the Climate Communication Awards to recognise outstanding individuals worldwide “who are driving public engagement with climate change”.

The three nominees for the “Climate Change Communicator of the Year – People’s Choice Award” are

We think this is a nice occasion to appreciate engagement in climate change communication and have a look at other people’s work in the field.

Members of the general public are now invited to vote for one of the nominees, which you can do easily here. The vote closes already on Wednesday, 6 November 11:30pm BST – so be quick to participate. The nominee with the most votes wins.

Climate change reporting abounds in September

by Fenja De Silva-Schmidt

Our colleagues at the University of Colorado Boulder Media and Climate Change Observatory (MECCO) have spotlighted a long-time high in newspaper reporting about climate change – a trend we can substantiate with our own data on other news outlets. In September, media attention to climate change and global warming was at its highest level globally in nearly a decade.

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Tag 2 des K3 Klimakongresses: Beichten zum Brunch

von Joana Kollert 

„Ich bin gewissermaßen gescheitert in der Klimakommunikation“. Mit diesem schwerwiegenden Eingeständnis eröffnete Mojib Latif, Klimaforscher und Vorsitzender des Deutschen Klima-Konsortiums, den Pressebrunch am zweiten Tag des K3 Kongresses zu Klimawandel, Kommunikation und Gesellschaft. Neben Latif standen noch drei weitere ExpertInnen den anwesenden JournalistInnen Rede und Antwort.

Bildnachweis: DKK, Stephan Röhl

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Tag 1 des K3 Klimakongresses

von Joana Kollert

Mit 500 TeilnehmerInnen eröffnete am 24. September 2019 der K3 Klimakongress in Karlsruhe. Ohne Zweifel ist die Klimakommunikation ein Thema, welches viele verschiedene AkteurInnen betrifft. Die Organisatoren des K3 Kongresses können es also als Erfolg verbuchen, eine sehr bunte Mischung an AkteurInnen angelockt zu haben: 29% stammen aus der Wissenschaft, 19% aus der Politik & Verwaltung, 16% aus der Zivilgesellschaft, 13% aus den Medien, 9% aus der Wirtschaft und 9% aus dem Bereich Ausbildung/Studium (Quelle: S. Trümper, DKK).

DKK/Stefan Röhl

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Video Report: #klimastreik – A Monumental Day in Kassel

by Shorouk Elkobros

This week, I participated at the Tropentag 2019 conference as a student reporter. Held in Kassel, Germany, Tropentag 2019’s theme was filling gaps and removing traps for sustainable resources management. Tropentag 2019 coincided with the global climate strike on September 20th. In Kassel, I joined students striking from all over the city.

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Den Klimaschutz nicht zerreden – Vier Fallen der Klimakommunikation

Wenn am kommenden Wochenende der UN-Klimagipfel in New York beginnt, dürfte der mediale Aufmerksamkeitsstrudel um Klimaaktivistin Greta Thunberg noch einmal an Kraft gewinnen. Michael Brüggemann, Professor für Klima- und Wissenschaftskommunikation an der Universität Hamburg, kritisiert die Fokussierung der Berichterstattung auf die Person „Greta“ und die fehlende inhaltliche Auseinandersetzung mit dem Thema. Außerdem erklärt er, was gängige Argumentationsmuster in der Klimaschutzdebatte mit einem Stau zu tun haben.

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Ankündigung: Berichterstattung zum K3 Kongress zu Klimawandel, Kommunikation & Gesellschaft

von Joana Kollert

Am 24. und 25. September 2019 findet der deutschsprachige Klimakommunikationskongress K3 zum zweiten Mal statt –  dieses Mal am Karlsruher Institut für Technologie (KIT).

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“The Kids Are All Right – Adults Are the Climate Change Problem” by Max Boykoff

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There is an interesting new comment by Prof. Max Boykoff on our partner blog from the Center for Science and Technology Policy Research in Boulder, Colorado/USA. He describes how older adults try to diminish climate engagement promoted by young activists – and calls for more support: “Trust in this next generation of leaders”.

Read the comment here.