Does this initiative concern me?
because the climate crisis is real and it’s visibly accelerating. If we fail to act now this will lead to dramatic consequences for all of us.
Oftentimes the goal is to achieve carbon neutrality by 2050. Why then aim for 2030? Is that a realistic goal?
because achieving net zero carbon emissions by 2050 is much too late to limit the global average temperature rise at 1.5 °C as stated in the 2015 Paris Climate Agreement. If we now act rigorously net zero emissions by 2030 is a realistic goal for our innovative city canton.
This initiative aims to change a lot. Is that in my interest?
because an unstopped climate catastrophe would also severely affect your life and especially the lives of countless people in other parts of the world and future generations. As long as we still have the opportunity to change things, we should seize this opportunity.
Climate Justice Basel
Seven strong arguments for a climatically just Basel with net zero greenhouse gas emissions by 2030.
Walk the Talk
Despite the Basel legislature declaring a climate emergency, there has been a lack of concrete action. With our Climate Justice Initiative, we call for meaningful, effective and socially responsible climate action. To act on these demands is urgent – on the local and on the global level!
We are Paris
According to the Paris Climate Agreement of 2015, Switzerland is obligated to do its part to keep the average global temperature increase well below 1.5 °C. The reduction goals that have been set or planned, however, are nowhere near what scientists tell us is necessary. Stronger emission reduction goals are urgently needed.
Speed it up
If we continue our current trajectory, we will have used up our allotted carbon budget by the end of this decade. At that time, we will have to abruptly stop all emissions. Thus, we need to greatly accelerate our actions today!
Basel leads the way
Cities cause a lot of greenhouse gas emissions, but they also have the means to reduce these emissions quickly and effectively. We view Basel as part of a national and global movement of cities that lead the way and show what is possible. With this initiative Basel could join the track to carbon neutrality together with like-minded cities such as Adelaide, Oslo, and Copenhagen.
In solidarity with the world
The climate crisis is hitting us hard, but people in the Global South (Africa, Asia, and Latin America) are being hit even harder. Basel is an innovative, prosperous, and globally connected city and as such has the moral obligation to do its share to protect the people worst affected by the climate crisis. Our wealth – which is based in large parts on the decade-long use of fossil fuels – means that we must take responsibility for the situation we have contributed to create.
A new city
We imagine Basel to become a new and climate-friendly city. A city plentiful of renewable energy, in which people walk, cycle, or take public transportation to work and where residual individual traffic is achieved with the use of efficient electric vehicles. We want a city that is full of mighty trees to cool our overheated city in summer. And we want a city of encounters: diverse, colorful, and full of life.
No cakewalk - but worth the effort
To achieve carbon neutrality in Basel-Stadt will demand a huge effort by all its parts: state, economy, and society. This will require a lot of work, but the experiences made by other cities that have moved in this direction show that it is worth to do so: For the present but even more so for our collective future. Out of solidarity with coming generations to whom we want to leave a livable and just world.
We are a grass-roots initiative without big coporate donors and thus depend on your donations to pay for our campaign. With this money we for example pay for website hosting, graphics and printing signature lists and posters.
Help us make this initiative a success story!