The Extinction Rebellion group has started their protests for more climate protection in Berlin. According to police, the activists occupied the Great Star, a transport hub in the capital, just before the start of commuter traffic. Everything is peaceful at the moment. Extinction rebellion spoke of about 1,000 participants, the police confirmed this statement.
"Today the global rebellion against extinction begins, and we are bothered because we see no other way to bring about the sweeping and profound change that will save the climate," said Eva Escosa-Jung of Extinction Rebellion. The climate policy of the government had failed.
With blockades and other protest actions, the environmental protection movement wants to make this week in major cities worldwide aware of the impending climate catastrophe. There will be actions in London, Paris, Madrid, Amsterdam, New York, Buenos Aires as well as in Sydney, Melbourne and Perth. The exact procedure should be announced only a few minutes before the start of the largely unannounced actions.
In Berlin, the activists want to hold a march against species extinction on Monday. At noon there will be a central event at Potsdamer Platz, from which further actions are supposed to start. At the same time, a pink ark is to be erected at a place not yet known in the government district, which is to remember the extinction of species.
"We disrupt the day-to-day operations that are destroying our livelihoods, and we continue to protest until governments respond appropriately," the group said. Legal demonstrations and parliamentary processes have not led to the necessary changes in climate protection over the past 30 years.
"Extinction rebellion" - environmental activists build climate camp in front of Chancellery Participants of the environmental movement "Extinction Rebellion" have started to build up a camp in front of the Chancellery. The activists demand a reversal in climate policy. © Photo: Annette Riedl / dpa
Extinction Rebellion (in German about: Rebellion against extinction) originally comes from the UK. According to own data the group exists since November 2018 also in Germany. Among other things, it demands that national governments immediately declare the climate emergency. All political decisions that would stand in the way of coping with the climate crisis would have to be revised. By 2025, man-made greenhouse gas emissions would have to be reduced to zero net.
"Protest yes, rebellion no"
Chancellery head Helge Braun criticized the actions of Extinction Rebellion. It was okay to demonstrate more climate protection, Braun said. "But announcing dangerous attacks on the road does not work."
The SPD reacted openly to the announcement of the protests. "I understand the impatience of many," said acting party leader Malu Dreyer. They welcomed actions of any kind that made the urgency of the task clear. "Of course, everyone has to be non-violent."
The FDP warned against anti-democratic features of the movement. "Beyond the extreme demands for climate protection, activists of the group openly question democracy," said party leader Christian Lindner. "Climate activists and Greens should distance themselves from the anti-democratic and partly totalitarian statements from this group." Climate protection is no excuse for violence, which starts with blockades.
Green politician Boris Palmer also criticized Extinction Rebellion. "There are good reasons to finally demand decisive action for climate protection, but whoever throws overboard democracy and the rule of law will most certainly also lose the fight against climate change." Yes, rebellion no, "said the mayor of Tübingen Newspaper.