Wie weit dürfen radikale Klima-Aktivisten gehen?
They occupy streets and squares, smear the Chancellery in Berlin and demonstrate against coal mining in the open-cast mine Radical climate activists such as the groups Extinction Rebellion Ende Gelände or Last Generation In addition, the last generation is accused of having caused a traffic traffic jam in Berlin this week, which could have led to a severely injured woman being treated too late Investigations are ongoing, and activists are even taking legal consequences for their actions Buy facts instead of words I think now you just need a method that can't really be ignored, but it really has to be so loud that you can't hear it.
It's a bit like a fire alarm. The protesters are getting younger and younger. At the end of June, this guy's post was published. all over the world i am only 12 and i am in 6th grade and i will sit in the street and disrupt everyday life because i am so scared that my future and the future of all children is going to be really bad politicians are grabbing the activists over and over again due to interruptions because it is always a form of blackmail and you always have the problem you go to this app you pay the ransom you accept this blackmail why are climate activists radically more useful than the climate movement is it justified because the actions they are about nothing less than the future of our planet and tens of millions of billions of people are alive or is it extremism that is endangering our lives today how far can a protest go that is what it is about now I would like to get rid of One thing: At the beginning of our research, we found that many people would rather talk to us about climate change than the climate crisis. matic. some of the experts we spoke to would have seen it as a much bigger problem and in fact it is humanity's biggest problem you can learn more about it in the video above but we decided to make this video here because it touches on it a very crucial question in our democracy, namely how far can you protest or how far should protest go protest is legally allowed in a constitutional state like Germany it is a serious dilemma we are facing a major crisis for studies demonstrate the problem of climate change Is it therefore justified to increase the pressure on politicians through civil disobedience and the media attention that this elicits, that compensates for the heat and flood deaths in a few years or the motorists Sam Ambulance that now are affected, pregnant women in an advanced stage injured who are stuck, for example due to a highway blockade or maybe even die to as a result of an accident an action by activists of what they themselves call the latest generation uprising since spring 2022 the activists have been occupying the streets again and again like here in Berlin there are fights and clashes activists from Ende Gelände especially want to urgently stop opencast mining, for example on the RWE factory premises or occupy forest areas such as the Hambacher Forst near Cologne in Hesse, activists have been trying for years to prevent the construction of a motorway by occupying the forest and also fending off deforestation almost two years ago, two of them tied them to a highway bridge and hung banners the highway was closed traffic jams a young driver drove to the end of the traffic jam and was seriously injured Actions like this have become more frequent for years because more and more young people are dissatisfied with the political decisions made d After an environmental study According to the federal agency, three quarters of young people between the ages of 14 and 22 fear the consequences of the climate crisis, a 2019 study shows that two thirds of young people feel abandoned by the older generation when it is about climate protection.
I am interested in your opinion, how are you doing? We took to the streets in Berlin and we asked you, of course, to call attention to so many legitimate people who have the right to call attention to this climate grievance and why it is urgently necessary for us to wake up all of us who call attention to it and It's usually just that with great actions exactly, but as soon as it becomes destructive in some way or then causes even more hate towards the action, it can easily fall into the parachute, but then I find it difficult for me if there are consequences then it's bad. but if you don't bother anyone when you're lying on the street but it's okay, I think that at least exactly as soon as human well-being is in danger, of course I'm not anymore I'm very impressed, but still the emphasis should be there in my eyes, how are you doing?
Because you see it in a similar way, write about it in the comments below, what would you think if you did not come to work and stood in traffic for hours? that's the other question, do you think such actions are good or bad? You would also like to write in the comments below what is civil disobedience, which is talked about over and over again, you have to say that there is no clear definition of lawyers define that civil disobedience, for example, is a Form of citizen participation of the state political process of decision-making and decision-making with the form of conscious violation of legal norms and individual laws, the citizen takes an act aimed at eliminating a perceived injustice is the perceived moral right to political participation and justice man has Gandhi and Martin Luther King as ter representatives of civil disobedience, both of whom have pointed out moral injustice for years and have permanently changed the law of their countries.
They certainly know that in the early 1960s in the USA In the US, for example, more and more African Americans refused to sit in the back of the bus or give up their seat to a white person. ca they go to white restaurants in white movie theaters in hotels which was not allowed at the time 1964 the Civil Rights Act lifts racial segregation as much as possible in the US this civil rights law is a landmark for black equality in the usa also women's rights movements england before over 100 years was significantly promoted by civil disobedience in a constitutional state people can practice civil disobedience activists almost they are never accused of doing so they have to commit a crime for example insulting someone hitting using violence however they are punished to the extent that they are in the police being detained sometimes at night this is intended to protect the population from further civil disobedience, but most activists don't let this stop them, even Martin Luther King was arrested a total of 29 times and was always released in this way is justified for climate activists today are disadvantaged and unfairly treated because their lives are in danger 30 or maybe 50 years from now that is exactly what we wanted to hear from Felix Eckart he himself is active in the environmental movement and think that the federal government should do more to limit global warming, as a teacher, you maintain the actions of activists as justified, you can understand that many young people only these actions and public order bother you again disobedience can complement other aspects and fundamentally more important of representative liberal democracies such as opinion-formation in party associations and in elections that is, exactly when it comes to the production or restoration of legally compatible conditions, again disobedience must not turn into general self-empowerment , then liberal democracy, which also ca Characterized by the prohibition of violence and a principle of peace, at some point in conditions similar to those of a civil war on oneself, again, disobedience would have a very important role in democracy, as long as it is committed in moderation, but not everyone can do whatever they want that would be anarchy by the way i made a video about it too you can see at the top of the i that activists act differently today than they used to Another dimension of climate protest as such, of course, it is becoming more and more radical.
The protest against other social issues was of course much more drastic in the past than it is now Think of the RAF or comparable movements in other countries the climate protest so far has not been particularly Monday and the civil disobedience it is discussing here it is also relatively less active, most of the climate movement moves in the usual forms of action of representative democracies, so it organizes itself in traditional associations as well as a new Friday for the future and tries to influence politics in a of legislation in Germany and Europe and possibly beyond, yes activists want to influence politics, federal government, parliament etc. so they do what every lobby group does theirs Get your point across and fight for it to be incorporated into legislation, but what does the policy say about it?
We would have liked to have spoken personally with the Federal Minister for the Environment. Steffi Lemke is from the Greens and has been in office for almost a year, but unfortunately she did not have time for an interview with us. She tells us in writing at the ministry that it is good and important that more and more people, not just young people and adults young people, demand more climate protection and it is understandable that uncertainty is growing from years of ignoring the climate crisis and sometimes too slow decisions, but here there are differences no matter what the problem is, it must be ensured that no one is in danger, not even themselves nor the others there are many examples of how peaceful protest can raise awareness about the environment and climate protection unannounced blockades on motorways are certainly not one of them, as Lemke points out in his In this context, also write about the laws that have already been approved.
Politicians from all ruling parties argue with precisely these laws. Let's take a closer look at a small excerpt from the last three years Climate Protection Act Its aim is to guarantee the national climate protection targets and, among other things, to reduce greenhouse gas emissions in Germany by 55 % by 2030 compared to 1990. In March 2021, the Federal Constitutional Court declared this law incompatible with the Basic Law because the legally enshrined measures did not go far enough and would be the younger generation in the future In May it was passed a new law Greenhouse gas emissions in Germany will be reduced by 65 percent by 2030 compared to 1990 by 2045 Germany is to be climate neutral there is a new law that increases the tax on air traffic an amendment to the Federal Law of Nature Conservation and a new law for the accelerated expansion of renewable energies there are also criticisms of all these laws, on t all from activist environmental and climate organizations who say that everything is not enough who my colleague Tilo is right now has spoken on both sides and one Discussion started in Berlin Wiebke Winter is in the CDU and Junge Union climate expert Carla Hinrichs is last generation uprising press spokesperson the nice generation has carried out a lot of roadblocks here in berlin in the last few weeks and caused traffic jams why are they doing it yes we are doing it because we are currently running through a catastrophe and that is why we feel compelled to resort to such measures.
You understand, I can very well understand the concern, we are seeing how the forests in Europe are burning, we are seeing how many people are dying not only in Europe but all over the world they are affected by the heat they are dying and we see that it is getting worse and worse and in my hometown Bremen it is so that we have to take flooding into account, so I can really understand the concern very well and I am also very committed to ensuring that we remain climate neutral faster. I think the difference lies more in how we want to achieve our goal.
Do you think they involve people when they go out and prevent them from coming to work? I have tried through weeks of protests through climate campaigns. I have tried all of that. something else and that hasn't really helped us to avoid this crisis and I think now you just need a method that you really can't ignore, it has to be peaceful, but it really has to be loud enough that you can't hear it. kind of like a fire alarm so it's annoying too it's so unbelievably annoying but no one would say no we don't want that fire alarm anymore everyone says yes it's important for survival and we are this fire alarm , we are the ones who are waking you up and saying hey this catastrophe is going to be gigantic we have to do something I am just convinced that our society has to move forward by democratic means n to convince that we need more ambitious climate protection and that's why we must take everyone with us and I'mconvinced that we will hear them better if we try to have a conversation and not if we then stop them on the way to work. we know that the course of the federal government continues to give us a four degree world and most scientists tell you that we won't get to four degrees because before the world plunges into wars I am sad that yes that you people like you, somehow also make it your mission. do everything you can but unfortunately that is not enough.
I wish I had to not just accuse you and others of politics like that, but it's really not enough, it's just not enough from a scientific standpoint to be climate neutral in 2014 1.5 degrees, looks to me like we knew there was a fire really big in the basement and the ones who ran upstairs on the ground floor and knowing there was a fire in the basement they would turn on the air conditioner so that the others wouldn't notice it like I did, I see the politics of the last three years, we've already given huge steps towards climate neutrality is enough.
Actually, I'm maybe a little more optimistic even than you are right now because I think we can deliver on the Paris Agreement. I'm not sure if we can really meet 1.5 degrees. You can see it in the latest research results, but I will. I am definitely going to put all my strength and all my political commitment into it, so that we can at least achieve the two degrees and preferably every milligrade, even less, that we can achieve that and I am also committed to that, the dispute has shown so much Wiebke Winter as Karla Hinrichs basically have a common goal, namely to stop the climate crisis, by what means do you want to achieve it, the two disagree, however, essentially both positions, many thanks to Thilo and you.
I can say that this dispute will be one for us for quite some time. Accompany the saying by the way found an interesting study on this subject. Two US scientists compared the effectiveness of nonviolent resistance with that of violence. They had observed world revolutions and actions in various countries. The data shows that more than 50% of nonviolent actions were successful compared to only 26%. of actions or attempted coups with violence and also very exciting if only 3.5% of the population of a country is actively involved and wants to bring about change, with or without violence, then that is enough for them to actually happen these changes, a small minority can really make a difference, especially in democracies again it assumes that there is an active and silent mass of people who approve of these changes, which means that the bottom line is that civil disobedience can be justified in a democracy when it comes to demanding legally compliant carte blanche for all actions and actions, but not if she If you are more interested in this topic, then take a look here, you will find a video of Control F colleagues on this topic and here you will find another video of what happens when climate change intensifies to watch and see you next time.