Eppendorfer Baum becomes Steppendorfer Baum, Rothenburgsort is called Tropenburgsort and instead of getting off the bus in Kirchwerder, you get off the bus in Cape Verder. At the start of the 27th World Climate Conference in Egypt, the Hamburger Verkehrsverbund (hvv) renamed a total of 14 subway, S-Bahn and bus stops for three days. Five S-Bahn, four U-Bahn and five bus stations have temporarily been given different names. The signs have been pasted over with a new inscription.

The aim of the campaign: to make the concrete threat posed by climate change clear to Hamburg as well. “Rising sea levels, prolonged drought and extreme heat will also have far-reaching consequences for us in the north,” said the hvv. The changed names would raise awareness of “what it could look like here if we don’t take countermeasures,” company spokesman Rainer Vohl told NDR.

The S-Bahn does not stop in Stellingen for three days, but in Seychellingen, the subway in Kuala Schlumpur (Schlump) and Saharalandstrasse (Saarlandstrasse). St. Pauli becomes São Pauli and Blankenese becomes Casablankenese, Mümmelmannsberg becomes Mümmelmannsbeach.

“The mobility sector is an important lever to significantly reduce the CO2 footprint,” said the hvv. Even today, every trip makes a contribution to climate protection: all underground and suburban trains run on 100 percent green electricity, more than 200 battery-electric buses are on the move in the hvv. By 2030, the complete conversion to emission-free buses in Hamburg should be completed. That alone would save around 113,000 tons of CO2 annually.

The Nabu supports the action: “It is a good stimulus to think about the connection between mobility and climate protection,” says Jonas Voß, press spokesman for Nabu Hamburg, to “t-online”. However, the joke of the campaign should not hide the seriousness of the situation, emphasizes Rainer Vohl. “If we want to achieve our climate goals, the Senate must set up an effective immediate climate protection program now,” he demands.

Sources: NDR, “t-online”