Climate Alliance Germany (Klima-Allianz Deutschland) was founded on April 24th 2007. Having realized the enormous challenges that climate change is posing, civil society organizations and unions joined together to form the Climate Alliance Germany. Together they advocate for political frameworks that would secure a total prevention of man-made greenhouse gas emissions in Germany, Europe and worldwide.
With more than 120 members, Climate Alliance Germany shows that climate protection is a major concern of society and is supported by a broad societal alliance. The broad spectrum of members of the alliance includes churches, development organizations, environmental organizations, trade unions, organizations for consumer protection, youth alliances and other organizations.
The members of Climate Alliance Germany determine the fundamental content for the direction and further development of the alliance. They also bear responsibility for the implementation and communication of the aims of Climate Alliance Germany.
Climate Alliance Germany is advocating ambitious German climate and energy policy on local, national, European and worldwide level. As a broad alliance, it represents a counterbalance to the interests of many political and economic actors. At the same time it helps to overcome blockades within climate politics. It brings together people for joint action and with that shows that climate protection is a real concern within society.
Climate Alliance Germany is working on several topics related to climate protection, such as transition of transportation, sustainable agriculture, energy efficiency and climate-induced migration.
The major focus is upon energy transition, the phasing out of coal-producing energy and climate policy on different levels.
A successful energy transition is the key factor for effective climate protection: The rapid exit from existing fossil energy is as important as the continued development of renewable energies and better integration into a new energy system. A socially acceptable phasing out of coal mining has to be initiated now. Only with an ambitious start of this phasing out can the objectives of the Paris Agreement be achieved.
It is the obligation of the political community to immediately adopt anticipatory and coherent framework conditions in order to achieve the required mitigation of greenhouse gas emissions. To be able to meet the targets of the Paris Agreement, a 95% reduction of national greenhouse gas emissions until 2050 (compared to those of 1990) is required. All sectors must contribute to it with their respective share.
In 2013, Climate Alliance Germany joined the Climate Action Network Europe (CAN Europe) in order to strengthen European cooperation. CAN Europe is an umbrella organization with more than 120 member organizations in 25 European countries. Its main focus is on energy and climate policy and on the coordination of the joint positions of its members.
Climate Alliance Germany advocates ambitious climate policy on local, national and international level. Therefore, the activity of the alliance always maintains a relationship to international climate politics and negotiations like the UNFCCC conferences and is coordinated with international networks.
Climate Alliance Germany is a broad, non-party related association that activates many different societal groups for climate protection due to its variety of actors.