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Bonn4future - Participation Process for the Climate

"Bonn4Future - We for Climate" is picking up speed: Launched in December 2020, the first steps of the two-year project have now been taken: The specially developed digital sustainability platform is undergoing an initial test, the project advisory board has been convened, and the first events are in preparation.

By declaring a climate emergency in July 2019, the City of Bonn has acknowledged: If we keep going as we are, the earth as we have known it will no longer exist. The hot summers and dying trees are making the climate crisis visible in Bonn as well. If we want to prevent the worst consequences, we must act now. 

"Decisive action by all social powers is a prerequisite for overcoming the challenges posed by the climate crisis in Bonn as well," said Mayor Katja Dörner. "With the Bonn4Future process, we are breaking new ground in this regard: In cooperation with Bonn im Wandel, we are helping to develop a vision of the future for 2035 that is broadly supported by the city's society."

Bonn4Future will bring together very different people and also very different views from the entire urban society. The form of cooperation between the city and civil society has a model character for citizen participation in Bonn: Bonn4Future is a participation procedure that goes beyond other participatory procedures in that civil society involvement is promoted and citizens do actively participate in achieving the goal of climate neutrality. What is also special is that Bonn4Future was already supported by a broad civil-society base during the conceptual phase.

"Bonn im Wandel stands for appreciation and a culture of togetherness," says Dr. Gesa Maschkowski, board member and co-initiator of Bonn4Future. "That's why we as a Transition Initiative have launched this project. There is no longer any future in working against each other. And we believe that the greatest treasure has not yet been unearthed: people's good will and good ideas."

Head of Environment Helmut Wiesner adds: "The Bonn4Future process is a building block on the way to climate neutrality in Bonn. It complements in an innovative way the measures that the administration has already initiated in the direction of climate protection and climate adaptation."

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Video: Bonn4Future – We for the climate!

A civil-society-driven, cooperative, innovative public participation process

The film gives an overview of the project and reveals the results of the 1st of four participatory climate forums.  It shows how Bonn’s citizens picture a livable and climate-neutral city in 2035.

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