Global warming spells more droughts, mudslides and flooding – with disastrous consequences. Poor countries are especially hard-hit, although they have contributed little to climate change. Climate risk insurance can help here.
When it comes to climate protection, the focus is usually on individual countries. They are the ones negotiating at UN level and who set the respective national framework for energy, transport or industry. That said, cities are crucial too. There, climate protection is a hands-on task, and it’s in cities that people feel the effects of climate change to an especially strong degree.
Climate extremes are threatening the livelihoods of small-scale farmers worldwide. Farmers rely on reaping a good harvest and on traders who will buy their produce, in this way ensuring farmers can make ends meet and to secure food supplies, aid organization Deutsche Welthungerhilfe is working increasingly on means of digital support. One example is the “Kurima Mari” app which is being used primarily in Zimbabwe.
Mrs Schulz, you are organizing the German-African Energy Forum for the German-African Business Association in Hamburg at the end of March. It has developed into one of the largest European platforms for energy issues relating to Africa and is taking place for the fourteenth time. What has been achieved so far? In the past 13 years, more than 4,600 participants have visited the Forum. We welcomed African delegations from 53 and ministerial delegations from 29 countries. Important contacts were made at the conferences, projects were created and followed up. In addition, as part of the Forum, we have campaigned for the German government to provide even more support for German energy companies in Africa, and will continue to do so.
Ms. Vinke, you have spoken to people on the Marshall Islands and in Bangladesh, among others, who have found their homes to be no longer inhabitable as a result of climate change. What are you aiming to find out?
Lukas Podolski and Miroslav Klose are two prominent success stories that have been talked about many times: two outstanding football players who were born in Poland but grew up in Germany, and ultimately chalked up one triumph after another with the German eagle emblazoned on their shirts. Both played on Germany’s World Cup-winning squad in 2014. So it’s hardly surprising that the names Klose and Podolski are frequently cited as examples of successful integration.
Green Central Asia brings the nations of Central Asia all to one table. Germany’s Federal Foreign Minister Heiko Maas commented on this at the opening of the founding conference in Berlin at the end of January, saying: “The challenges of today, such as digitization, globalization, migration, and climate change all have one thing in common: They know of no borders. Nowhere is this more evident than in the case of climate change. Where the very basis of people’s livelihoods is under threat, conflict is inevitable. If climate change knows no borders, then our response to it must likewise be without borders.”
The bear was always there, right from the beginning. So the Berlinale trophy would certainly have many a tale to tell. After all, 2020 marks the 70th anniversary of the Berlin International Film Festival. äuft das Filmfestival deutschland.de has gathered ten fascinating facts. For instance, did you know that …
February 21st is not only Mother Language Day but also 2020 Carnival Friday. Everywhere in Germany this means costumes, fun and sweet pastries – “Berliners” in Cologne, “Krapfen” in Bavaria, “Kreppl” in Mainz, “Pfannkuchen” in Berlin. What sound like different regional specialties, however, are just different words for the same treat. The specialty is the dialect.