Climate emergency trend gains traction in German-speaking countries

Deutsche Welle


[…] From local to national level


Critics argue that a city symbolically declaring a climate emergency without any legal consequences can’t have a real impact on policies. But politicians like Lisa Badum, Green Party spokesperson for climate policy in the German Bundestag, disagree.


„Nothing is being done at a federal level. The German parliament hasn’t understood how urgent this topic is,“ she told DW. „We are missing our climate targets by miles. That’s why it’s so important that pressure is being put on cities and municipalities at a local level.“


According to Badum, cities have the chance to really make an impact without waiting for parliament to pass climate measures. Instead of subsidizing free parking, they can, for instance, put the money into public transport or more secure bike lanes. […]


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