Climate protection, phase two

The Fridays for Future movement has been a little quieter lately, which is probably also due to the fact that the protest has partially shifted. It no longer only takes place on the street, but also in talk shows , opinion pieces or petitions . But the good old analog strikes still exist – or again, since the pandemic allowed it again. This Friday, the Fridays have called for a global climate strike for the eleventh time.

As far as the number of participants is concerned, the previous peak was reached in September 2019, when more than 1.3 million people took to the streets in Germany alone. It certainly won’t be that many today: According to the police, a good 20,000 people gathered in Invalidenpark in Berlin, there were also demonstrations in Hamburg and other cities ( here are pictures of the protests), but for the time being it doesn’t look like it will reach seven figures, if you don’t generously let the recently partially vegan and climate-friendly Wiesn in Munich pass as a climate demo. Is that bad?

The climate movement has entered a new phase

Of course, one can worry that the climate will be forgotten alongside war, pandemic and inflation. On the other hand, demonstrating has never been an end in itself, demonstrating does not save CO₂. It was always about getting things moving. And the activists have already achieved a lot; Who knows where we would be today if Greta Thunberg hadn’t sat in front of the Swedish parliament four years ago. Perhaps the historic decision of the Federal Constitutional Court would never have come about, with which the legislature was sentenced in April 2021 to more concrete climate protection.

In the meantime, the climate movement has entered a new phase, as protest researcher Simon Teune explained in the taz : In the beginning it was about driving up the political pressure with large demonstrations, which has succeeded. Now it is important to remain visible. The awareness is there, action must be taken now. Unfortunately, there is still a very long way to go.

(This text comes from the weekly Climate Friday newsletter , which you can order here free of charge .)

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