Climate Fresk Follow-up
Resources and ideas
to move forward
You played the Climate Fresk with us, and we shared many resources!
This page is intended to give you additional ideas for individual and collective actions (Chapter 1) and to share key resources from the workshop and beyond, to deepen and broaden your knowledge (Chapters 2 and 3).
You can always come back to it, as it will be updated regularly.
Please also do not hesitate to share any feedback or suggestions with us!
What can we do?
> Measure your carbon footprint. It is a good exercise to learn about our own main emission and get ideas on where to start.
> Inform ourselves and talk about it!
Each Climate Fresk has a second chapter: If you would like to become a workshop leader yourself tell us!
> Every job is a climate job, check out the Project Drawdown ideas on what you can do in your current position.
Some data you may have seen during the Workshop…
The 9 Planetary Boundaries
The scientists proposed quantitative planetary boundaries within which humanity can continue to develop and thrive for generations to come. Crossing these boundaries increases the risk of generating large-scale abrupt or irreversible environmental changes. (Source)
The climate always changed, and a couple of degrees is not a big deal!
Yes, climate always changed, but the speed at which earth is warming up is unprecedented and there is a global consensus amongst scientists that this is due to the Greenhouse gases emitted by human activities (IPCC). There is only 5°C difference between the ice age and 1850. Ocean was 120m below current level, we could walk from Paris to London, Northern Europe was covered in ice (source).
We have gained 1.2°C on average in 170 years, this is about 15 times faster than natural global warming.
The Paris Agreement
The Paris Agreement's goal is to limit global warming to well below 2, preferably to 1.5 degrees Celsius, compared to pre-industrial levels. To have a chance of reaching that goal, we need to reduce our emissions drastically as we have a limited “carbon budget” left. By 2050, we need to decrease our average emissions to 2 tons of CO2 Eq per person and per year. As of today, the average carbon footprint in Germany is by 10.78 tons of CO2 Eq per person and per year. (source)
We don’t baer the same responsibility and will not experience the same consequences. Therefore some call for climate justice, to bring attention to “how different responses to climate change distribute harms and benefits, and who gets a role in forming those responses”. Read more on MIT- Climate Justice and/or OXFAM - Confronting carbon inequality.
What do 2 tons of CO2eq represent?
It is a return Flight Berlin-NYC emits 2 tons CO2Eq (per person, economy) (calculator)
Want to deep dive into specific topics?
> Check out Project Drawdown the world’s leading resource for climate solutions
> Have a play around the MIT online climate simulator to find out what’s needed to keep the world 2 degrees above pre-industrial levels.
> Read the 9 propositions to decarbonise Europe by the Shift Project, French Climate Think Tank
> Post Carbon Institute’s provides individuals and communities with the resources needed to understand and respond to the crises of the 21st century. (Watch the “300 Years of Fossil Fuels in 300 Seconds” video!)
> For politics / economics lovers, Carbon Pulse: a website that gathers news and intelligence on carbon markets, greenhouse gas pricing and climate policy OR CarbonBrief, a UK-based website covering the latest developments in climate science, climate policy and energy policy
> Count Us In, 16 ways to reduce individual carbon footprint and convince others to do so!
> Biodiversity is a key environmental challenge – participate in a Biodiversity Collage (public session, or get in touch for an in-person workshop).