Thank you for choosing the stairs! Whether consciously or unconsciously, this decision not only has a positive effect on your health but you also avoid further CO2 emissions that would otherwise have a negative impact on our climate.
Many residents and students climb these stairs of the Dohlengässlein every day. With each step, the body temperature rises slightly. This is similar to what is happening to our planet. The climate is warming up from year to year, in Switzerland even twice as fast as worldwide. The Climate Stairs want to raise awareness on this social challenge. The project was launched as part of the master certificate Managing Climate Solutions of the University of St.Gallen (MaCS-HSG). It is a joint collaboration with the city of St.Gallen within the framework of the label «Energy City Gold».
The climate staircase starts in 1868 and climbs – step by step – 162 stairs up to the year 2030. In this way, you can experience the temperature change in Switzerland over the past decades up to the present. To achieve the net-zero target of 2050, CO2 emissions must be halved by 2030. In fact, 2030 lies only a few years ahead. Therefore, it is crucial that we act now!