Funding of the initiative "Klimawende von unten" - Umweltinstitut München


Making it more difficult for citizens' initiatives at federal level due to bureaucratic hurdles
Preparation of a manual for the implementation of successful citizens' petitions at the municipal level by the Umweltinstitut München
Support by DSUS in financing a legal opinion on the creation of model citizens' petitions for the municipal expansion of solar energy

Where there are obstacles at the federal level with regard to environmental protection or bureaucratic hurdles serve as blockers, citizens can launch successful campaigns at the municipal level. The structures and preconditions are in place. Unfortunately, complicated and lengthy procedures are often problematic.

For this reason, the Umweltinstitut München has developed a user-friendly manual to simplify the implementation of successful citizens' petitions for municipal climate protection. An impressive 15,000 copies have already been handed out to citizens.

Initial successes are, for example:

  • Munich: Reducing the annual capacity of coal combustion from 800,000 to 350,000 tonnes
  • Kassel: municipal coal-fired power plant to be shut down in 2025 instead of 2030
  • Braunschweig: Expansion of the cycling infrastructure

Click here for all successes of the campaign:

We also recommend the interactive page, which provides information on climate change campaigns that are active or have already been carried out throughout Germany.

For active campaigns, contact details and the possibility to participate are provided. Interested parties are advised by "Klimawende von unten" and initiators of promising campaigns are accompanied in the process. Long-term advice serves as the key to the sustainable success of the campaigns.

So far, the focus of campaign initiation and consultation has been on locations with municipal coal-fired power plants and heating grids, the majority of which are owned by municipalities. Another approach at the municipal level is the promotion of solar energy, which can lead to emission reductions comparatively quickly and efficiently.

With a donation of 10,000 euros, we are helping the "Klimawende von unten" in this project. This will make it possible to finance a necessary legal opinion on the preparation of model citizens' petitions for the municipal expansion of solar energy.

The successes already achieved by the campaign speak for themselves. We are convinced that there is great potential in municipal citizens' petitions. With the implementation of online consultation and online seminars, the offer can also be guaranteed during the Corona pandemic.