13 August 2014

Hamburg fills the summer break with climate-related activities

The centre of Hamburg (Germany) will become a hub of activity this summer as the ICLEI member city holds its sixth climate week from 24 – 30 August. Hamburg Climate Week forms part of UNESCO’s Decade of Education for Sustainable Development and previous iterations have welcomed more than 1.5 million visitors over the last five years.

Through a series of public talks, workshops and exhibitions, the city council is inviting the public to get engaged and talk about this year’s theme of “Mastering the energy transition together”. It aims to give participants a better understanding of the various dimensions of climate change and to provide positive examples of what can be achieved at a municipal and a personal level. An educational programme is also available, with climate-related events and class excursions for teachers to book in advance.

A highlight of the week is expected to be the climate concert on Monday 25 August. Featuring the Hamburg Philharmonic orchestra and the Bonn Beethoven Orchestra, the music will comprise of a series of works from Bach, Britten, Morricone und Vivaldi, exploring the mysterious forces of nature. Climate week will be followed by a climate finance summit, bringing climate scientists and financial decision makers together to find sustainable solutions for a global and socially responsible economy.

For more information, visit the Hamburg Climate Week website [in German].