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Climate Parliament 2020

How to design a CO2 tax? What are the appropriate means to fight the climate crisis: an iron fist or an incentive-baes approach? To what extent may the state intervene to pursue environmental objectives?


Rainer Weiß

These questions, among others, were discussed by the climate parliament, which was convened by the Institute for Environmental Law, Linz, together with Fridays for Future at the JKU in Linz on September 17th, 2020. A keynote speech by Michaela Krömer, who represents several environmental activists in a high-profile lawsuit before the Constitutional Court, was followed by a discussion with Wilhelm Bergthaler, Erika Wagner and attorney Florian Stangl.

Rainer Weiß

Wilhelm Bergthaler

Rainer Weiß

The results are impressive: they are scientifically processed and published. In spring 2021, a reality check is to follow on the question: What has the real parliament achieved by then?

In addition to the climate parliament, Scientists 4 Future launched the “Climate Week JKU 2020”. It took place from September 21st to 24th, 2020 under the motto “Die Verantwortung aller Wissenschaftsdisziplinen für eine bessere Klimazukunft” (“The responsibility of all scientific disciplines for a better climate future”).



Wilhelm Bergthaler took part in a panel discussion on the first day, together with Univ.-Prof. Elke Schüßler (Institute for Organization, JKU), Mag. Maria Buchmayr (Executive Department for Sustainability, JKU), Norbert Rainer (Regional Office Manager and Deputy General Manager Climate Alliance Austria) and Dr. Martin Hoffmann (Scientists 4 Future Upper Austria).

You can listen to the panel discussion here.

You can find more information about the Climate Week here.


6. October 2020

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