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Climate policy: The yes-but-Sager


Environmental activists call for a general strike. Above all, they have to move indecisive politicians to action.

The Fridays for Future (FFF) activists say climate change could become the biggest disaster in human history. You can argue about that. It is clear that it is a disaster. And it is also clear that this is a crisis of a completely new kind.

So it is indeed man-made, but there is no enemy, no polluter with name and address - or if it does, then we see him every morning in the mirror. Nor is there any oppressed social class that would be the victims of this development - or if it does, it is the boys who will be affected much more by the consequences of global warming.

That the planet is in the climate crisis is not just an issue, the 13th ministry so to speak. Because a planet is a prerequisite for everything, even for the economy, which we sanctify so. So politics has to deal with something that it has hardly known before: all measures against the climate crisis can be democratically negotiated, but only with nature itself can not be chess. Non-negotiable physical reality - that's the kind of thing that democracy gets pimples about. Does not help.

The CDU chairwoman is on the verge of a gigantic task

Because the climate crisis is a humanity problem of its own kind, politics and the public have a hard time dealing with it. That is why, with regard to Germany, the impetus for a reasonably problem-adequate debate did not come from the political system - not even from the Greens. The pressure, which is now palpable, did not unfold in the media public sphere. It still handles the situation quite routinely, just as if meeting the 1.5 degree target and raising defense spending to two percent of the budget would be similarly relevant goals.

No, the impetus for climate realism arose outside of the establishment, with the hundreds of thousands of teenagers and an angry influencer. And now these young people are no longer just insisting on their right to strike, no, they are calling on the entire society to go on strike as well. Namely on 20 September, because then in New York, a UN climate summit takes place. Another almost last chance, while in Berlin the Climate Cabinet decides whether Germany still keeps its obligations under the Paris Climate Agreement. And if so, how.

Now one could argue, what to strike, politics and the public have woken up, never before had there been so many confessions to the climatic change, the thing goes. But the FFFers are fired children. When they saw the light of the political world, there was already much talk about the climate, the sky was filled with good words - and with CO₂. Mistrust is therefore indicated.

Because still stands on the part of the CDU - that party, which is important - behind every commitment to the climate change at least one but, usually several. And why an advocate of agrarian industrial exploitation of nature and climate like Federal Minister of Agriculture Julia Klöckner suddenly should lay down a 180-degree turn, does not open. In the meantime, CDU leader Annegret Kramp-Karrenbauer flees to the conventional Ministry of Defense, thus taking off from her gigantic task of demanding a kind of revolution for the Party of the Middle, the measure and the minimum consensus, a fundamental change. And the SPD? Distracts again with her presidential game, this time in the disco version.

It is true that the public debate about the climate has increased in volume, but is widely discussed on secondary issues: whether climate protectors themselves live consistently, whether they are vulnerable. Therein lies the hope of relieving the pressure to act by refuting the climate protectors. Unfortunately, this is not the case.

But the social. But the AfD. But the economy. But the flying climate protectors - the Abers are the wall of defense against a change that is rhetorically so readily welcomed. Whether a strike is the tool of choice is an open question, but one thing is clear: The battle for a realistic 1.5-degree policy is not beaten, it has not even begun. What matters is not whether economic and social aspects should be included, of course they should. Crucial is what stands in front of the bracket: the 1.5 degrees or the but.

Source: zeit

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