The Allianz Foundation is actively advocating for a climate-neutral world. Our goal is to identify and support transformative and fair climate protection projects and strengthen their leading effects.
Through the Paris Climate Accord the earth’s countries have committed to keep the planet habitable for future generations and limit the increase in global warming to 1.5 degrees above pre-industrial levels. In fact, today the increase has already reached 1.2 degrees – mainly caused by the massive use of fossil fuels. This is why “business as usual” is not an option. The window of opportunity when an irreversible global warming can still be halted is closing rapidly. We need practical solutions that lead to real change and increase everyone’s awareness for the tasks we face. These solutions must keep in mind the close connection between climate protection and biodiversity. The one cannot be reached without the other.
With the European Green Deal, the EU has set the goal of becoming the first climate neutral continent by 2050. That this transition must be socially just is also stated explicitly. However, the success of the Green Deal is endangered by populists looking for ways to instrumentalize atmospheres of social discontent engendered by, for example, rising energy prices. Increasing nationalism and lacking international exchange represent risks for the environment and climate protection – and with it a present and future that is just in terms of opportunities.
The transformation to climate neutrality must not leave anyone behind – neither people nor regions nor ecosystems. The Allianz Foundation is working at the interface of these challenges facing our planet, our societies, and every single person. Together with our partners, we want to strengthen a socially fair transformation and open debates that include unconventional figures. We support the European civil society in its fight for ambitious climate protection. These are decisive factors towards a climate neutral world.
+APPLICATION DEADLINE EXPIRED+ With its grants program for 2024, the Allianz Foundation is supporting projects from the fields of arts and culture, European civil society and climate and the environment, which are taking a stand against social divisions and ecological crises. We are looking for cooperative initiatives from Europe and the Mediterranean region that stand for solidarity, a sense of community, and respect.
The Secretary General of the German Section of Amnesty International in conversation with Esra Kücük, CEO of the Allianz Foundation, talking about freedom of civil society, the climate crisis as a human rights crisis, and solidarity with risktakers.
Inspired by Maja Göpel’s bestseller “Wir können auch anders” (We can do things differently) a film crew portrayed local climate champions in a documentary series. Then the team went on a live tour in five German cities. We spoke about this with the director Lars Jessen & Nicola Bramkamp (SAVE THE WORLD).
We feature parts of the latest newsletter by EUROPEAN IMAGES, a project by n-ost, in collaboration with Athens Live (GR), Kajet (RO) and Pismo (PL) to strengthen documentary photography and photographers. The current issue deals with FOOD.
The year 2045 is the deadline – Germany has to be climate neutral by then at the latest. This also applies for the building sector. Heat pumps are a key tool to achieve this, together with energy-efficient renovations – this is a main finding from a project of the Deutsche Umwelthilfe (Environmental Action Germany).
Esra Kücük, CEO of the Allianz Foundation, in conversation with Allianz Foundation Fellow Maja Göpel about the courage for transformation, necessary new narratives for a society fit for the future and cooperation as new realism.
Risktakers are people and organizations who dare to commit to a world worth living in. They leave familiar paths and established ways of thinking to test new approaches for a sustainable future. On the occasion of the launch of the new Foundation, we asked some risktakers about their motivations and visions.
From eco-playwriting programs for Algerian students to building a climate justice network in Europe - Get to know our ten Climate Cultures grantees!
What happens when artists, scientists, farmers, cooks, and winemakers come together? And when they are joined by philosophers, activists, and local experts who are all interested in food as a research subject and as a medium for convivial interaction? The results go way beyond the taste.
How can we reallocate public spaces for walking, biking, and greenery? How can public transport be better promoted? How can we phase out petrol-fueled cars from cities? Here's a blog contribution by Barbara Stoll, Director Clean Cities Campaign.