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09.10.19

How can democracy support climate action?

A discussion co-hosted with rbb Inforadio on whether liberal, representative democracy is up to the task of tackling climate change related problems.

Many citizens say they want to make sacrifices to protect the environment. Politicians propose environment policies spanning from reducing emissions to saving the bee population. Companies are banking on new green business models. On 20 September, the German government’s Climate Cabinet decided on an array of measures to protect the environment. But does all this activity belie the need for more far-reaching decisions?

In a joint event, Berlin's radio channel rbb Inforadio and the Hertie School asked whether liberal, representative democracy is up to the task of tackling these problems– and how we can support this?

The panelists included Christian Flachsland, Professor of Sustainability at the Hertie School, Bernd Ulrich, Deputy Editor-in-Chief at Die Zeit and Tanja Wielgoß, Managing Director at Vattenfall Wärme Berlin AG and Pascal Führing, member of WWF Youth and student at the Humboldt-Universität. The discussion was moderated by rbb radio host Harald Asel.

Listen to the full discussion (in German) here

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