Man-made climate change threatens to become humanity's greatest crisis. Already, hot summers are threatening local harvests, extreme weather events are occurring more frequently and more intensively, and rising sea levels result in thousands of people loosing their previous homes. To contain the consequences of global warming, greenhouse gas emissions must be drastically reduced and global climate neutrality must be achieved as quickly as possible. This means that no more greenhouse gases are emitted or that the remaining emissions are offset by ecological sinks such as peatlands, forests or humus growth.
Neun der fünfzehn zentralen Klimakipppunkte sind bereits in Bewegung.¹ Um die schlimmsten Folgen der Klimakrise zu verhindern, müssen die globalen Treibhausgasemissionen schnellstmöglich heruntergefahren und Klimaneutralität erreicht werden. Dabei zählt jedes zehntel Grad, um das sich die Erde erwärmt, und 2050 als Klimaneutralitätsziel ist viel zu spät. Als Industrieland mit hohen Pro-Kopf-Emissionen sowie vergleichsweise geringer Betroffenheit trifft Deutschland eine besondere Verantwortung, Schäden des Klimawandels auszugleichen und zu verhindern. Aktuell würden die Zielvorgaben der Bundes- und Landesregierung jedoch nicht ansatzweise zum Einhalten des Pariser Klimaschutzabkommens und erst recht nicht zum Erreichen des 1,5°-Ziels führen. Umso wichtiger, dass wir in Lüneburg voran gehen und bis spätestens 2030 klimaneutral werden. Damit werden wir unserer Verantwortung gerecht und gestalten selbst den Weg zu einer klimaresistenten und sozial gerechten Stadt.
¹ Lenton, T. M., Rockström, J., Gaffney, O., Rahmstorf, S., Richardson, K., Steffen, W., & Schellnhuber, H. J. (2019). Climate tipping points—too risky to bet against. Online verfügbar in Nature [13.01.2021], deutsche Übersetzung der Parents4Future [13.01.2021]
Tackling the climate crisis can't wait until the procedures in community politics achieve results, or until the elections of 2021 are over. The climate crisis is urgent! On the one hand side, because of the upcoming elections in 2021 a compromise between the fractions in the city council on a fundamental change of the climate policies is improbable. On the other hand side, tackling the climate crisis is the most important challenge of our time - and the population shall be empowered to set a direction for it! Therefore, we want to enable the citizens of Lüneburg to formulate concrete orders for the city of Lüneburg concerning climate protection. By collecting signatures, launching the campaign and informing the public about climate neutrality, we also want to draw attention to the most important issue of our time. Also in view of the 2021 elections, we want to show how much the people care for a committed climate policy!
Every referendum needs a legal justification in addition to the question. This is our justification:
The man-made climate change will have severe consequences. These are already tangible globally, as well as in our region. However, we can limit it by acting quickly and decisively: The sooner we become climate neutral, the greater the likelihood of limiting global warming to 1.5°C. Although laws regarding climate protection are passed at federal or state (Bundesland) level, they are also implemented by cities. The measures taken to date by the city of Lüneburg aren't sufficient as contribution to achieving the goal of 1,5°C. With it's resolution to become climate neutral until 2030, the council of the Landkreis Lüneburg already showed courage. The hanseatic city of Lüneburg can now live up to its responsibility by also becoming climate neutral by 2030.
By implementing measures like enforcing renewable energies, constructing buildings for the future, enabling low-emission mobility and by creating extensive green areas, the hanseatic city can become more livable and attractive.
Therefore, we demand that the city of Lüneburg develops a climate action plan for climate neutrality 2030. In concrete terms, this goal means that Lüneburg net-zero emissions concerning greenhouse gases, taking into account the municipal greenhouse gas sinks and other compensatory measures. The climate action plan must include the annual costs and personnel requirements for planning and implementing emission-reducing measures in all relevant fields of action that lie within the city's area of responsibility. In addition, it must provide for the compensation of the resulting unavoidable emissions in the city area by the Hanseatic City from 2030 onward.