Clear Message to the G20 Summit
If you live in Hamburg, there’s no avoiding the G20 summit at present. Police officers have already been positioned in front of the Elbphilharmonie and the trade fair premises, the summit venue, for days, groups of protestors and politicians are in court fighting for the right to demonstrate, and the city’s first large-scale G20 Protests demonstration were held last weekend.
Climate Crisis Hurts Us All
Along with our partner WWF, we’re also taking a stand and challenge summit participants from all over the world to commit to climate protection. The following message appears in giant letters on the façade of our headquarters in Hamburg: THE CLIMATE CRISIS HURTS US ALL. ACT ON PARIS NOW!
In this way, we’re challenging leading industrialized and emerging countries to adhere to the goals of the Paris Climate Agreement and significantly increase their efforts to protect the climate.
It’s Up to the G20 Member States
“If we continue to heat up the climate, we’ll destroy the basis of our existence. We need to do something to prevent the worst from happening. The G20 heads of state must not allow themselves to be held back by the shortsightedness of individual politicians,” says Michael Schäfer, Director of Climate and Energy at WWF Germany.
“The G20 states are responsible for 80 percent of the climate crisis. It’s not only the U.S. in the spotlight – Germany’s climate protection goals also run the risk of failing. Germany’s high CO2 emissions have remained unchanged since 2009,” warns our CEO Gero Lücking.
Taking a Stand at the G20 Summit
Everyone can take a stand and remind the summit participants of their responsibilities at the “Hamburg zeigt Haltung” (Hamburg Takes a Stand) demonstration on July 8 or at the “Empört euch – engagiert euch!” (Be Outraged – Get Involved!) reading on July 5. The event is sold out but will be streamed live.