Our mission

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The Paris Climate accord calls for global action limiting global warming until 2100 to well below 2°C. By continuing with ”business-as-usual”, the Intergovermental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) expects a drastic increase of deadly heat waves, droughts, wildfires, floods and starvation already in the next decades. Reducing the consequences of Global Warming on our common home requires, according to the IPCC, ”far-reaching and unprecedented changes in all aspects of society”.

Thus the organized chess world has to contribute. As chess players are known for their strategic vision and abilities, our ambition is to move the chess world towards net zero carbon. We are in time trouble regarding the future of our children and grandchildren.

Chess for Future neither has mandate nor the competence to tell you what to do. Our primary mission is to encourage tournaments, clubs and federation to undertake to follow the Paris agreement. And, as a consequence, implement a climate policy to reduce carbon emissions.

We should not forget that chess is an activity where you don’t need to buy a lot of things, or travel to practice. By collecting and promoting climate friendly examples for tournaments and clubs, it will be easier for others to follow.

We call upon the chess world to join us in this endeavour and declare there support for our pledge.

By Lennart Quante

Lennart is an amateur chessplayer from Germany. As a doctoral researcher at Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research, he explores the economic consequences of Global Warming.

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