Rally for Antarctica

May 3, 2022

Join us on May 27, 2022 to stand up for the protection of Antarctica.

Rally for Antarctica – May 27th, 2022, 12-2pm, Brandenburg Gate, Berlin

At the end of May, country representatives will gather to discuss and negotiate measures for the protection of Antarctica and the Southern Ocean at the Antarctic Treaty Consultative Meeting (ATCM) in Berlin. In addition, G7 Climate and Environment Ministers will convene to discuss the protection of the ocean. These two key meetings represent crucial opportunities to raise awareness on the increasing number of threats that Antarctica is facing. 

We want to send a strong message to world leaders: Antarctica needs urgent protection now. Antarctica and the Southern Ocean play a crucial role in stabilizing our climate, storing carbon and its waters provide nutrients for fish around the world. This continent dedicated to peace and science has an immense diversity in species. It must be protected and marine conservation must be prioritized.

Together with the teams from Greenpeace, UNLESS, Deutsche Umwelthilfe, Pew Bertarelli Ocean Legacy, Fridays for Future, Scientists for Future and AWIS for Future, we will gather at the Brandenburg Gate in Berlin on May 27 to demand action. If you are in Berlin, come join us! 

With a penguin ice sculpture in front of the stage, we’ll appeal to decision makers to put the emperor penguin under protection. In addition to an “outdoor gallery” with large-format images by renowned photographer John Weller, we will show film clips on an LED wall. On stage, adventurers will talk about their expeditions to Antarctica and experts from the scientific community will speak about climate change, biodiversity, emperor penguins and marine protected areas. There will also be music and a poetry slam contribution. The event will be in a mixed language, in English and German.

Join us to stand up for the protection of Antarctica.

We are looking forward to seeing you!

-the ASOC team and partners.

Speakers / artists:

Gregor Hagedorn, Scientists for Future
Giulia Foscari, UNLESS
Stefanie Arndt, Alfred-Wegener-Institut
Franziska Pausch, Alfred-Wegener-Institut
Helen Millman, International Cryosphere Climate Initiative
Celine Le Bohec, National Centre for Scientific Research France and Scientific Centre of Monaco
Leticia Wahl, Slam Poet
Laura Weider, Pianist
Gennadi Milinevsky, Taras Shevchenko University of Kiev
Arved Fuchs, polar explorer and book author
Novo Armor for Greenpeace (virtual concert)
Afrob, rap artist and actor
Daniele Artico, PHD student Physics, activist at Scientist Rebellion

The event will be moderated by Meike Schützek, Senior Campaigner for ASOC and Patsy Islam-Parsons, activist at Fridays for Future Australia and Germany.

Photo credit: © John Weller

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