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37th German Protestant Kirchentag with Rockström and Schellnhuber

21/06/2019 - With an acting director and the director Emeritus speaking, the Potsdam Institute was prominently represented at the 37th Protestant Church Congress in Dortmund. Director Rockström discussed the global challenges in the fields of environment, climate and justice with the Chair of the Council of the Protestand Church of Germany, Bedford-Strohm, the doctor and cabaret artist Eckart von Hirschhausen and the climate activist Luisa Neubauer. Schellnhuber spoke at an event with Federal Environment Minister Schulze on the subject of coal phasing out. The Kirchentag is the most important outreach event of the Protestant Church in Germany, with over 2400 events and more than 100,000 visitors.

"What we eat and how we produce it on the fields and in the stables contributes significantly to global greenhouse gas emissions. Sustainable food production and a balanced diet with more vegetables, fruit and nuts is good not only for our own health, but also for a healthy planet," says Johan Rockström, Director of PIK. The preservation of creation and thus sustainability is a central theme at the Kirchentag. This year the focus will be on reducing food waste throughout the production chain.

"We need to get out of coal and into renewable energy as soon as possible. We have now decided this for Germany, but this is only the beginning. As a scientist, I know that the change towards a carbon neutral economy must also succeed on roads and railways, and not least on farms," said PIK’s founding director Hans Joachim Schellnhuber. At the five-day event, he discussed climate change and the German coal phase-out with Federal Environment Minister Svenja Schulze and the political director of the NGO Germanwatch, Christoph Bals.

Weblink to the German Protestant Kirchentag's homepage: https://www.kirchentag.de/english/start/

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