A new decade has begun, but Germany’s political parties pursue climate and environmental policies from the last century. Every year, during the so called Political Ash Wednesday our political parties knock their political opponents and pat themselves on the back.
Sadly, they have no reason to do so. While the earth continues to heat, entire areas are going up in flames or are flooding, crops are failing and people are dying, German parties lack the courage and willingness to pull the emergency break.
Yet we’ve known the solution to the unfolding crisis for decades and still did not do nearly enough. We need to drastically reduce our greenhouse gas emissions in order to meet the 1.5° goal of the Paris climate agreement that is desperately necessary to prevent even greater harm. But instead, the parties in power only present us with excuses and plans that are at odds with the goals of the Paris climate agreement.
Self-responsibility, the precautionary principle and ambition are values that young people are taught in our schools, at our workplaces and in our universities. However, German parties lack these very values.
On 26 February the CSU, Bavaria’s ruling party that is part of the grand coalition on the national level, will hold its annual Political Ashwednesday meeting in Passau. It is one of several parties that block effective climate polices at the national and state level.
Becoming climate neutral by 2050? That’s too late!
That’s why we, activists from Fridays for Future, fulminate, too, on 26 February. We demand:
- Net zero greenhouse gas emissions by 2035
- Phase out coal by 2030
- 100% renewable energy supply by 2035
- An immediate halt to all fossil fuel subsidies
- The immediate shutdown of 1/4 of German coal power plants
- A tax on all greenhouse gas emissions. The price for greenhouse gas emissions must
increase rapidly to the level of the costs that we and future generations incur.
According to the UBA the cost per ton CO2 are 180€.