welcome to the website of the non-profit association KLIMA° vor acht e.V. (translates into climate before 8pm).
This webpage summarises the aims of our grassroot project in English and provides links to other content in German and to pages with contact information. From this page, we hope you can navigate around our website. You didn’t find something you were looking for? Then please email us on firstname.lastname@example.org, we will try and get back to you as soon as possible. Please bear with us while we are making more pages accessible in English.
You find on this page:
- Why KLIMA° vor acht?
- What are the goals of the project?
- What will KLIMA° vor acht look like?
- Who is behind KLIMA° vor acht?
- How is the donated money used?
- Stay up to date
- Support KLIMA° vor acht
Why KLIMA° vor acht?
More and more people are directly affected by the ever-advancing climate crisis. Business and economics topics get a lot of attention and the best broadcasting slots. Take the German public broadcasting corporations consortium ARD as an example. It produces the news programme “Die Tagesschau” daily at 8pm. Just before the Tagesschau, the daily short programme “Börse vor Acht” has been reporting news from the world of stock markets for two decades. Isn’t it time to provide equally comprehensive information about an existential crisis that affects everyone? We firmly believe that a short and high-quality broadcast format on the climate crisis is urgently needed.
What are the goals of the project?
The goal of KLIMA° vor acht is to encourage TV stations to produce innovative, science-based and regular climate reporting and to broadcast it in slots that reach as many people as possible. To help achieve our goal, we will produce the first six episodes of KLIMA° vor acht. This includes the broadcast concept, the selection of topics, the editorial work and the complete production process. Previous attempts to convince decision makers via letters and a public petition have not had the desired effect. KLIMA° vor acht will practically demonstrate that it can be done.
What will KLIMA° vor acht look like?
The six episodes of KLIMA° vor acht will each be 3-5 minutes long. In terms of content, we are interested in communicating scientific facts, reporting on current developments and putting new findings into context. A daily short format could also whet people’s appetites for a future worth living, show perspectives and approaches to solutions and highlight the need for action.
For the filming we use a professional film studio, which also takes care of the post-production. The editorial team is supported by experts from the scientific community. We will be gradually publishing the episodes on popular video platforms in the form of a short series. Beyond the production and “broadcast” of the episodes, KLIMA° vor acht runs a media campaign promoting the format on other media outlets.
Who is behind KLIMA° vor acht?
To be able to realise the project, more than a dozen people, many of them with roots in the climate movement, came together as “Team KLIMA° vor acht in mid 2020. A crowdfunding campaign on Startnext was launched to finance the project. The funding goal of €20,000 was reached in under four hours and funding had nearly doubled by the time crowdfunding ended. To realise the project, we founded a registered non-profit association and, by 2021, the KLIMA° vor acht team had swelled to more than 30 people, all working on a voluntary, not-for-profit basis.
How is the donated money used?
The KLIMA° vor acht budget will cover filming and production costs of the KLIMA° vor acht episodes. Necessary expenses, travel costs and reimbursement of expenses for the professional presenters will also be covered by the budget of the association. Part of the funding donated to us will go towards our multimedia campaign activities. All conceptual, editorial and scientific work is done by the KLIMA° vor acht team on a voluntary, non-profit basis.
To get to know the people behind KLIMA° vor acht, click here.
Stay up to date
Follow us on Twitter, Instagram, LinkedIn or Facebook for news and updates, mainly in German.
Please find news and updates in English language on our social media account on We don’t have time.
Please direct press enquiries to our press team, contacts listed here.
KLIMA° vor acht episodes will be published on YouTube.
Support KLIMA° vor acht
The most important thing right now is to sign our letter to Tom Buhrow, chairman of public broadcaster ARD in Germany.
If you want to support us, you can also add a KLIMA° vor acht badge to your social media profile picture here
There is even a sustainably produced KLIMA° vor acht t‑shirt that can be purchased via the Green Shirt’s website.
Please note: we do not derive any economic benefit from the sale of the T-shirts and are not contractually affiliated with Green Shirts.