28 September, 2021

Democracy and the climate crisis: Conflicting logics of speed, space and time

Democracy and the climate crisis

Conflicting logics of speed, space and time

15 October 2021

07:00pm – 08:00pm (CEST)

Main Stage


English live translation:

The need for a massive socio-ecological transformation in the face of the climate crisis is clear. The challenge is to win and maintain progressive majorities to implement the necessary structural reform of our societies. Without falling into the trap of an apparent binary between democracy and effective climate policy, this debate will constructively address actual lines of negotiation between the different logics of democracy and climate along the dimensions of speed, space and time: How can the ever more rapidly advancing global warming be reduced (speed) in necessarily slow democratic processes? How can democracies be designed in such a way that they do not neglect the needs and rights of young people and future generations, especially with regard to their livelihoods (time)? And what democratic reforms are conceivable to ensure that democratic climate protection does not only have an effect in the national framework of action but globally (space)?  In this session, leading politicians from progressive parties will come together to discuss pathways towards shaping the socio-ecological transformation of our societies democratically.

The Speakers

Deputy Prime Minister of the Free State of Saxony
Deputy Federal Chairwoman of Alliance '90/The Greens
Deputy Editor-in-Chief of Die Zeit
Journalist & Initiator of "Wir sind der Osten"