Department for Climate Politics
The climate crisis is a real threat to human civilization and the greatest task we as humans are facing today. The overwhelming scientific facts predict future scenarios that are already beginning to become reality. The earth is heating up more and more; a global warming of 1.5 degrees Celsius has already occurred. Terrible news are reaching us, especially from the Global South: droughts, famines and natural disasters are happening more often. In the next decades this development will become more and more urgent. New diseases and epidemics will develop. More and more people will lack the resources to survive. Every eighth person worldwide will have to flee from the natural disasters that will destroy their homes, and the number of deaths will continue to rise.
But not only humans are affected. Through the human-made global warming, we are destroying the delicate ecosystem of our planet. Mass extinction is currently taking place. Every 11 minutes an animal species goes extinct. In Germany, the number of birds has decreased by 80% since 1800. 80% of insects have already disappeared in the last 25 years. By 2050 every third plant species could be extinct.
The list of damage done is long and we have almost reached the point of no return. The resource capacities of your planet are almost exhausted. We trigger irreversible chain reactions, such as polar ice melting, the release of large methane quantities in the deep sea, and the displacement of the Gulf Stream. At this point, we and all future generations will be deprived forever of a future worth living.
But since humans are responsible for this crisis, it is also our responsibility as society to stop it. The climate justice movement has been putting pressure on politics and the economy not only since “Ende Gelände” (german climate action group) or Fridays For Future, but is now getting even louder. They demand a close following of the Paris climate agreement. And even if many of the necessary measures have to be taken on a global level, a lot has to happen right here in Germany, in Bremen and at our university. Germany must be climate neutral by 2035 at the latest and Bremen by 2030. It demands an immediate social-ecological turn. Compromises should be made at the expense of the economy instead of the expense of our climate. It requires change of system at all levels.
We as the Department of Climate Politics would like to advocate a climate-neutral university. That means scientific and social commitment to climate justice. In concrete terms, we are funding climate politics actors in Bremen (like the students for future) with AStA resources. We are also organizing events of political education, and activities in cooperation with other departments. This means initiating more (research) projects on sustainability. We are fighting for new professorships in order for the University to become an anti climate change university. For this purpose, the structures of the university have to be questioned: the power supply, the mobility around the university, the approach to food, and the climate neutrality of the university buildings. Even though the University has the image of being very sustainable, we would like to make facts from ambitions.
There is still a lot to be done. That is why the Climate Politics Department is fighting locally for climate justice and for a world worth surviving on!
Students for Future Plenary Session: Every friday, 2:00pm, on the AStA Floor (Room A2130)