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World Climate Conference: Supporting Events for the Summit in the City


The United Nations World Climate Conference (COP 23) in Bonn from 6-17 November 2017 will be accompanied by a rich and diverse programme of supporting events. The people of Bonn are invited to cultural projects, art installations, lectures, workshops, exhibitions, city tours and many other events across the city. Young and old will be able to discuss, experience and participate in climate change mitigation and adaptation issues from a wide range of different perspectives.
While the delegates negotiate the implementation of the Paris Agreement and committed individuals and organizations from all spheres of society observe the summit with a critical eye, public events will convey the conference and its topics to the city.
During the summer, the United Nations Climate Secretariat (UNFCCC), the Republic of Fiji, the German Federal Ministry for the Environment (BMUB) and the City of Bonn issued a call for cultural, scientific and civil society events that address climate protection and sustainable development in a special way. Over 180 projects were submitted, of which a jury of experts chose 145 that received the distinction of "official climate partner” of COP23 and were allowed to bear the corresponding logo. They include symposiums, workshops, exhibitions, discussions, city tours, spiritual offerings and much more.

The distinguished events and programmes are not only from Bonn and the region, but all over the world. They can be found in the City of Bonn’s Events Calendar as well as in the COP23 calendar.
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Interactive Zone in the Rheinaue Park

The Rheinaue Park will not only host the Bonn Conference Zone in November, but also be the venue for a range of public events. The publicly accessible area between the two conference zones, Bula Zone (at the World Conference Center Bonn) and Bonn Zone (Rheinaue/Blumenwiese), will offer interesting exhibitions, art projects and events for residents of Bonn and delegates of the conference.

The 20-metre high “Climate Planet” is visible from afar and shows a film on the history of climate change on the giant walk-in globe’s 360° screen. The project is presented by the German Federal Development Ministry (BMZ) and the City of Bonn with the support of the German Society for International Cooperation (GIZ) and the City of Bonn’s current annual partner, Engagement Global.

“Clockwork Ocean Expedition” (Expedition Uhrwerk Ozean) is the name of a project presented by the Helmholtz-Zentrum Geesthacht (HZG) in cooperation with the Hamburg Planetarium. The film “Eddy Hunt” uses aerial photographs taken by a Zeppelin over the Baltic Sea to illustrate the eddies that influence the migration of marine species, algae growth and the climate.

The British theatre company, Stan’s Cafe, masters in establishing links to socio-political contexts, have created “What when”, a forest of signs in the Rheinaue Park depicting countless statements from past and current environmental campaigns.

There will also be a variety of other art projects and installations on display in the Rheinaue Park, including a sculpture titled “Unbearable” by the artist Jens Galschiot (incidentally also the creator of the “Schweinehund” behind the Bundeskunsthalle). The sculpture depicts a 12-metre long and 6-metre high oil pipeline impaling a polar bear at its highest point and symbolizes the influence of humankind on the world’s climate.

The interactive art installation “Forestry in Times of Climate Change” (Wald und Forstwirtschaft in Zeiten des Klimawandels) uses wood waste from the certified forest and wood-based industries all over the world to “grow” a forest scene during the course of the conference. A tipi tent made of bamboo poles and colourful knitted squares functions as a meeting point for encounters and exchange.

Climate Tour Bonn: Making the Extensive Offer of Events Visible

Among the events being organized by the City of Bonn itself for the conference is a series titled “Climate Tour Bonn”. It uses the slogan “Climate moves Bonn. You move climate” to make the city’s varied offer surrounding COP23 visible and more easily accessible to all who are interested. “Climate Tour Bonn” gives people and organizations in Bonn a space to present their commitment to the climate. It also aims to show how people can contribute themselves and invites them to participate.

Installation, Workshop and Discussion in the Bonn Art Museum

The Bonn Art Museum and the Frankfurt-based organization, “Artport making waves”, have collaborated to develop several projects for the World Climate Conference. The interactive art installation, “The Ministry of Plastic”, by the Anglo-Kenyan artist Sam Hopkins, constructs a future where there is no longer any oil and plastic has become a valued and precious resource in front of the Bonn Art Museum. On 15 November, there will also be an art workshop for school pupils with the international performance artist Tino Sehgal on the topic of sustainability and an interdisciplinary discussion that explores creative solutions for food production and consumption, and thereby integrates the perspective of artists.

VHS Bonn Takes a Look Behind the Scenes of COP 23

Volkshochschule (VHS) Bonn, the city’s adult education centre, is also addressing the Climate Summit. Sabine Minninger, Policy Advisor on Climate Change at the aid agency Brot für die Welt (Bread for the World), promises a look behind the scenes of COP 23 in her lecture “Working in the Stone Pit of the World’s Climate” (Die Arbeit im Steinbruch des Weltklimas). She explains why such major conferences are necessary in the age of telephone conferences and cloud collaboration, which topics are still being discussed at 3:00 am, how one stays awake and which group dynamics develop in such marathon negotiations.

Other presentations and lectures address topics such as “The 2,000-Watt Society” (Die 2000-Watt-Gesellschaft) (13 November), “Latin America and Climate (In)justice” (Lateinamerika und die Klima(un)gerechtigkeit) (20 November) and “How Fair is the Climate Crisis? Its Effects in the Maghreb” (Wie gerecht ist die Klimakrise? Ihre Auswirkungen im Maghreb) (20 November).

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Visitors from the Sea

The liberal arts scene is also involved in the broad programme of events. In the “Visitors – Ocean is coming” art project, for example, magical sea creatures populate the Johannes-Bücher-Ufer in Beuel. The group installation depicts a hammerhead shark, manta ray and whales in the Rhine in the direct vicinity of the river. The “visitors” are there to remind us of the significance of their habitat, the sea. Residents of Bonn are invited to participate by writing a climate wish and putting it in a plastic bottle. The bottles will be used to build a whale on the Rhine.

Save the World with the Bonn Theatre

The Bonn Theatre’s “Save the World” Art meets Science Festival will present several climate change projects on issues concerning the global future. The aim is thereby to make the topic more perceptible to a broader public and to present climate change in a way that people feel inspired to do something for our planet.

The US activist group Yes Men will be performing one of their utopian interventions for the first time in Germany. Their aim is to revolutionize climate policies in a subversive and intelligent way.

In addition, PuppetEmpire and David Fermer will be sending their little protagonists on an adventurous mission into space in the interactive theatre piece “The Amazing Adventures of Expedition Earth 2” (Die erstaunlichen Abenteuer der Expedition Erde 2) in the Telekom Design Gallery. The aim: to find a second earth.

Official Welcome of the City of Bonn

image 58 © Foto: Sascha Engst/Bundesstadt Bonn
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The delegates of COP23 will be greeted by a musical welcome from the City of Bonn when the conference starts on 6 November. The singer Bernadette La Hengst has written a song titled "I am an Island” for the Bonn Theatre and its "Save the World” festival. The city will present itself as an international, sustainable and innovative host together with the Children’s and Youth Choir of the Bonn Theatre, the Bonn Ambassadors and the students of the Bonn International School and the Beethoven Orchestra Bonn. Over two hundred children will provide a colourful and cheerful welcome for the climate experts from all over the world and deliver a declaration of love to our planet.

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