Climate protection activists or trend movement?
On August 20, 2018, Greta Thunberg did not go to school. Instead, the swedish girl sat in front of the Reichstag building in Stockholm during class time – every day for three weeks. With her she carried a sign saying “Skolstrejk för klimatet” (Swedish for school strike for climate protection). What she didn’t know at that time: Her boycott lead to a global movement of young people, which would demonstrate weekly from then on for environmental protection.
What are the goals of the Fridays For Future movement?
Fridays for Future is a global movement of young people who no longer want to close their eyes to climate change. A movement of a generation that wants to fight not only for the protection of the environment but also for its own future. Fridays For Future wants to draw attention to the climate policy abuses and bring the policy to put climate protection on the agenda. The protest movement refers to the Paris Agreement on Climate Change in 2015, which limits the global average temperature increase to less than 2°C (now even to 1.5°C)1. To limit the global warming, climate change activists call for an end to fossil fuel extraction, the abolition of fossil fuel subsidies, increased investment in renewable energy, and the expansion of the local public transport possibilities.
❞ We finally need to treat the climate crisis as a crisis. It is the biggest threat in human history and we will not accept the world’s decision-makers’ inaction that threatens our entire civilisation. […] Climate change is already happening. ❝
— Greta Thunberg 2
The most important goals in Germany
- Exit from coal power until 2030
- Full supply of renewable energy by 2035
- Reaching the net zero in the greenhouse balance by 2035
Claims until the end of 2019
- Shutting down a quarter of all coal-fired power stations
- Introduction of a CO2 tax that limits global warming to 1.5 degrees Celsius
Climate protection movement with prospects of success?
Committing oneself to the environment, protesting about animal welfare and climate change is in vogue – no question. Every Friday since the end of 2018 thousands of young people walk around and protest for a better world. Week after week more activists stand up for their future. On March 15, the first global protest day of Fridays For Future, there were 220 protests with 300,000 participants in Germany and 1.7 million participants worldwide2. But it’s not just students who are aware of the climate crisis: Parents for Future, Teachers for Future and Scientists for Future are also participating in the protests. The initiative Entrepreneurs for Future now consists of more than a thousand companies. The second official day of protest, which took place last week, just before the European elections, saw a strike in more than 280 German cities. Developments that make it abundantly clear that this is not just an entertaining protest. Fridays for Future includes people who want to change things in the long term. That they can succeed at least to a small extent, becomes clear at the latest at the numbers of the European election in Germany. Not without reason did the Bündnis 90/Die Grünen declare the election day as a Sunday For Future. But can the movement also be successful in the long term? This will become apparent later in the year when claims could actually be realized. We are eager to see what happens.
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