Grand Cross of Merit of the Order of Merit of the Federal Republic of Germany for Schellnhuber

 
06/07/2021 - Hans Joachim Schellnhuber, founding director and emeritus of the Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research PIK, today received the Grand Cross of Merit of the Order of Merit of the Federal Republic of Germany today. Under the motto "Nature - Environment - Climate Protection", Federal President Frank-Walter Steinmeier honored Schellnhuber and five other citizens with the Order of Merit in Bellevue Palace for their outstanding commitment to environmental protection.
Grand Cross of Merit of the Order of Merit of the Federal Republic of Germany for Schellnhuber
Federal President Frank-Walter Steinmeier (left) presents Hans Joachim Schellnhuber, PIK Director Emeritus, with the Order of Merit. Photo: Instagram bundespraesident.steinmeier

Hans Joachim Schellnhuber receives the Grand Cross of Merit of the Order of Merit for his pioneering work in climate science which had a major impact on the national and international debate on climate change. The Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research which he founded today has become one of the world's most respected institutes in the field of climate research. Furthermore, the Federal President Steinmeier adds: "Already more than 25 years ago, Hans Joachim Schellnhuber pointed out the dangers of man-made global warming and since then he has tirelessly campaigned for the establishment of the two-degree limit, launched numerous initiatives on climate change and repeatedly set new impulses. Also as an advisor in national, European and international bodies, he has always pointed out the central importance of climate protection for all areas of politics, the need for swift action and our responsibility for future generations. He is a guidance for the post-fossil industrial society who is also concerned with creating prospects for all during the transition."

The Order of Merit is the highest recognition awarded by the Federal Republic for services to the common good.

Link to the speech of Federal President Frank-Walter Steinmeier (German only):

https://www.bundespraesident.de/SharedDocs/Reden/DE/Frank-Walter-Steinmeier/Reden/2021/06/210607-OV-Umwelt.html

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