Deutsches Haus at NYU presents the book launch of Beginning to End the Climate Crisis: A History of Our Future (Brandeis University Press) with the book’s authors, Luisa Neubauer and Alexander Repenning, as well as the book’s English-language translator and the director of the Center for German and European Studies (CGES) at Brandeis University, Sabine von Mering. This in-depth conversation will focus on German climate activism and justice, what must be done to protect a livable future for our planet, and what lessons a U.S. audience can learn from their European counterparts. Alexander Repenning and Sabine von Mering will participate in this event in person and Luisa Neubauer via Zoom.
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There is no planet B. Activists share how we must inform and organize ourselves to save the future. “Act as though your house is on fire. Because it is.” Following Greta Thunberg, millions of young climate activists have been taking to the streets around the globe as part of the Fridays For Future movement. They demand that we “unite behind the science,” as, for too long, climate scientists have been ringing the alarm bells about rising temperatures, tipping points, and the devastating consequences of extreme weather—but politicians do nothing.
So how do you begin to end the climate crisis? Luisa Neubauer and Alexander Repenning begin by telling stories. Neubauer co-founded the youth climate activist group in Germany and has become its most prominent voice. In this book she and Repenning weave in personal accounts of their evolution as climate activists with a thorough analysis of how climate change impacts their generation, and what every one of us can and must do about it. The young and old in the United States and around the world can learn valuable lessons from their European counterparts.
About the participants:
Luisa Neubauer is one of the co-organizers of Fridays for Future and is the most prominent representative of the German movement. She is the host of the Spotify Original Podcast 1,5 Grad (1.5 degrees).
Alexander Repenning is a comprehensivist, facilitator, and writer engaged in climate justice. He is currently working as education manager at Right Livelihood, connecting activism and academia and creating learning formats for system change.
Sabine von Mering is professor of German and women’s, gender, and sexuality studies and director of the Center for German and European Studies at Brandeis University. She is a core member of the Environmental Studies Program and a longtime climate activist with 350Mass and NoCoalNoGas.
“Beginning to End the Climate Crisis: A History of Our Future” is funded by the DAAD from funds of the German Federal Foreign Office (AA)
Additional thanks goes to Brandeis University Press and Allison Scharmann, Marketing and Publicity Coordinator at Brandeis University Press, for her invaluable support in organizing this event.