A father is postponing his vacation. An educator wants to be part of a global movement. Why these people today strike for the climate. And what they hope for.

Fridays for Future

September 20, 2019, 4:18 pm

One flies around the world with a guilty conscience. The other builds emission-free houses. In more than 500 cities in Germany, people are demonstrating today for more climate protection. In Berlin alone, more than 80,000 have taken to the streets. Not only schoolgirls have skipped class. Fridays for Future has also encouraged adults to quit work. Who are the people who strike for more climate protection? ZEIT Campus ONLINE met twelve climbers at the mass demonstration in Berlin.

"I do not just cuddle lessons today"

Senta Lauffer, 11, student from Berlin © Lena Mucha for ZEIT ONLINE

"Today, I'm not just tying lessons, but even a fundraiser that my school organized, collecting money for the Brazilian jungle, but I think it's more important to be part of the big demonstration here me anyway, so we can make a difference everywhere. "

"It is my duty to demonstrate today"

Thuy Anh, 31, works in science communication, from Berlin © Lena Mucha for ZEIT ONLINE

"I work in science, so it's my duty to demonstrate today, because research shows that climate change is real, there can not be two opinions, that's not a matter of faith." This morning we painted posters together in the office Schilder labeled, then we made our way to the Brandenburg Gate.Our employer, the Science in Dialogue Initiative, supports us.This may not be a real strike, but a big demonstration can certainly make a difference. "

"There is hardly any snow in winter"

Serdar Gül, 34, works as an educator in Berlin © Lena Mucha for ZEIT ONLINE

"I came alone today, I want to be part of a global movement and change society as a whole, you feel something is moving, people are finally taking to the streets, I'm an educator, and I think about the future of our world Warming is already noticeable in the city, there is hardly any snow in winter in Berlin, in the summer strong heatwaves.In my youth there was once a year an environmental day at school, today the whole generation goes on Fridays on the street. I want to support her. "

"My parents have little understanding"

Betty, 28, Art Director from Düsseldorf © Lena Mucha for ZEIT ONLINE

Actually, I live in Dusseldorf and work as an art director, I did not think so much about climate change in the past, today it's part of my life, I've been vegetarian for two months and I'm trying I do not buy any plastic bags any more, wondering if I really need the items every time I go shopping, my parents have little understanding for that, they are simply from a different generation, maybe their picture will change as well See crowds in front of the Brandenburg Gate on the screen. "

"I want to do something to stop climate change"

Teresa Haub, 19, high school graduate from Giessen © Lena Mucha for ZEIT ONLINE

"Two months ago, I returned from my Voluntary Social Year in Namibia, where there is a lack of water, extreme drought, drought, where I became aware of climate change, I want to do something to stop it, so I demonstrate, just buy I still want to be a teacher and then contribute to raising young people's climate awareness. "

"My teachers are not very excited"

Yoel Shekel, 11, students from Berlin © Lena Mucha for ZEIT ONLINE

"I'm a student at a Jewish high school, so I'm truant to be here, only two classmates join in. Even my teachers are not very enthusiastic, so I am officially registered for a day off, but I do not care They also want me to be able to do something about climate change with my friends today. "

"Taking the road for climate protection is new to me"

Christina Gueye, 41, educator © Lena Mucha for ZEIT ONLINE

"I've demonstrated against rent increases and striked for higher education salaries, but taking to the streets for climate protection is new to me, as I was at my sister's wedding in Mozambique at the beginning of the year, shortly after that terrible natural disaster. Cyclone Idai - something like that should not be repeated - on a small scale, I contribute to this in my day-care center - we use recycled paper, do without plastic, and divert garbage - and today I demonstrate, so that politics can make a difference.

"If you want to achieve something, it has to hurt a bit"

Frederik Leidloff, 32, father from Berlin © Lena Mucha for ZEIT ONLINE

Actually, we wanted to go to Brandenburg on a small family holiday today, but that will have to be postponed to be able to take part in the strike, so if you want to protect the climate, it also has to hurt a bit Otherwise nothing will change, we will not eat meat at home, we will use green electricity, we will even have gone by train to Portugal to go on vacation, and tomorrow we will be traveling by train again, starting with small steps . "

"Even my grandma is thinking about it now"

Signe Heins, 29, student from Berlin

For years, nothing has changed in this field, but now something is changing, everyone is talking about climate change, even my grandma is thinking about it now, you're doing something with a future, she said to me recently. But I do not just want to study change, but I also want to make a difference in my everyday life - we still take our holidays by train or bicycle - so that my children will eventually have a planet to live on. "

"In my native Australia, climate standstill prevails"

Luv Sood, 23, from Sydney and visiting Berlin © Lena Mucha for ZEIT ONLINE

"Today, tens of thousands of young people have taken to the streets in Sydney, so I could not be in and take part in Berlin today." The climate strike is an international movement, I am part of a global action, and that is the only way to put enough pressure on the world The government in my native Australia is a good place to watch, and there is still a lot to be done. "In my country there is a climate stagnation, politics is doing very little to address climate change, I study mechanical engineering and see every day how resources are wasted in industry. At the same time, despite having a bad conscience, I flew to Germany, I have to improve, politics has to do it, maybe demonstrations like this can change our awareness. "

"The government must act"

Samuel Engel, 25, student from Berlin © Lena Mucha for ZEIT ONLINE

"I've been to Fridays for Future demonstrations, but this is something special, the strike is a global event, we all have to act, so I live vegan, do not drive a car, avoid packaging waste, and at the same time know that The government has to act, but maybe many individuals can do something together, like today, and I hope that will be heard in the Chancellery as well. "

"We have severely restricted business travel"

Alexander Paul, 49, architect from Berlin

"I work as an architect, a few years ago, in my industry, they did not believe in climate-friendly construction, today we are implementing zero emissions-free construction projects out of conviction, business travel has been severely curtailed, and flights are an important part of our environmental footprints In private, I already eat less meat, next I want to buy an electric car, everyone can do their bit to save the planet. "