Leading up to to the Copenhagen Summit, Germany's Greenpeace held an installation in front of the Brandenburger Tor demanding politicians do the right thing.
“Carbon dioxide stinks” is among climate change awareness-raising messages chalked on the pavement by the Berlin arm of the BUNDJugend (Young Friends of the Earth).
They then staged a 'die-in' to bring attention to climate refugees, environmental migrants forced to flee their homelands due to climate change effects.
During the Copenhagen Summit, Berlin took part in a global candlelight vigil at the Brandenburger Tor organised by climate change movement 350.org.
The thrust of 350.org is to ensure a sustainable world by reducing the amount of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere from its current level of 400 parts per million to below 350 ppm.
The vigil also aimed to show solidarity with small island nations, who are at most risk of devastating climate change effects as rising sea levels.
In the last two months of 2009, the climate change debate distinctly turned a shade of blue. The leaking of emails casting doubt on the veracity of climate change data (later dubbed ‘Climategate’) massively dented public opinion and enthusiasm so much so it still has not recovered. The spectacular failure of political will that was the Copenhagen UN Climate Summit saw a despondency that was to last years. In the midst of this, German eco groups worked hard to raise awareness. ω