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Public debate: Climate change and disinformation


Disinformation in debates on climate change seems as common as it is hard to spot. In our panel debate, we discuss what defines disinformation, how climate change has become a field, where disinformation flourishes and what we can do to tackle it.

Thursday, 15 June 2023 04:00 pm – Thursday, 15 June 2023 06:00 pm

This event is in the past.

Disinformation is recognized as a vital challenge to the resilience of European democracies as it latches on to important societal debates, creating doubt and mistrust by spreading false and misleading information. In 2022, disinformation related to climate change ranked as the third most detected theme of disinformation in the EU. The narratives of disinformation range from outright denial of man-made climate change to more subtle ways of creating doubts in the scientific consensus, effectively delaying meaningful political action against climate change.

The debate sheds light on different aspects of climate change disinformation. We will elaborate how disinformation affects policy debates and public opinions on climate change in Germany and the EU. Who are the actors behind the production of disinformation? How does digital communication and social media platforms facilitate their spread? Finally, we will discuss, what instruments, policies and resources are necessary to recognize and tackle disinformation on climate change.


Words of Welcome

Birgit Schmeitzner, Press Spokesperson of the Representation of the European Commission in Germany

Katrin Böttger, Director, Institut für Europäische Politik

Panel debate

Lisa Badum, MP, Member of the Committee on Climate Protection and Energy, Chairwoman Subcommittee on International Climate and Energy Policy

Uschi Jonas, Journalist and Teamleader, CORRECTIV.Faktencheck

Paula Matlach, Analyst, Institute for Strategic Dialogue

Alexander Sängerlaub, Founder and Director, futur eins.

Moderation: Simone Klee, Project Manager RADAR, Institut für Europäische Politik


Europäisches Haus (Unter den Linden 78, 10117 Berlin).

Registration and Coffee from 3:45 pm.

Please register for the event in the Registration form below. Please be advised that you will be asked to show some form of identification upon entering the event. The event language will be English.



About the RADAR - Raising Awareness on Disinformation Achieving Resilience project: How can anti-democratic disinformation be recognised and what can be done against its spread at national and European level? The IEP discusses with experts and citizens.

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