German Minister: Climate Change Biggest Security Problem

Climate change is now the “greatest security problem for all people in this world.” With those warning words, German Foreign Minister Annelena Baerbock opened a climate meeting in Berlin.

 

The so-called Petersberg Climate Dialogue will be held on Monday and Tuesday for the next UN climate summit. It is scheduled for November and will be held in Sharm-el-Sheikh, Egypt.

Baerbock told her audience that people worldwide are “in the same boat.” “The climate crisis knows no borders. That is why our solutions should not stop at any border,” said the Minister of the Greens.

The conference in Berlin will be attended by government leaders, ministers, and negotiators from some 40 countries. European Commissioner Frans Timmermans will also be there, as will Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi and German Chancellor Olaf Scholz.

On opening day, the German Ministry of Economic Affairs published a report stating that the effects of climate change have cost Germany an average of 6.6 billion euros per year since the year 2000. For example, the country’s west was ravaged by severe flooding last summer. South Limburg also had to deal with this. The rivers overflowing their banks were the result of extreme rainfall. Climate scientists warn that the risk of such severe weather is increasing due to climate change.

Minister Baerbock pointed out that combating climate change is more difficult due to the Russian invasion of Ukraine. The war has major consequences for the European energy supply. To save gas, now that Russia is supplying less and less of it, Germany, like the Netherlands, has decided to generate more electricity in coal-fired power stations. As a result, they emit a relatively large amount of CO2. Baerbock stressed that this will happen “only temporarily.”

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