They protest in tree huts in the Dannenröder Forest in Hesse, they occupy the Bundesplatz in Bern. They are full of anger and frustration. And not just about the established politics in general, but specifically about those who should actually be their allies: “Never again the Greens!” Wrote the German environmental activists on banners. In the fight against the expansion of the A49, they feel highly betrayed by their MPs. There they sit in the government and yet support every nonsense, against their will, but still.
The Swiss climate movement is also outraged. She too attacks those with whom she is basically in agreement. She too sees herself “used and lied to by the left parties”, accuses them of “empty words” and that they demand “only political consensus” and not “what is necessary”. The new CO2 law co-passed by the Greens? Deadly lame.
What is good: The climate movement is making a name for itself again.
Subito or you are the opponent
What is questionable is that it divides everyone and everything into good and bad. It’s pretty simple and questions what has been achieved. The climate movement makes demands, and whoever does not meet them subito is declared an opponent. Black or white, radical or ignorant, save the climate or make politics capable of a majority, all or nothing.
And when the demonstrators get into the hands of the police, their self-righteousness is fully confirmed. They accept that the focus of public discussion will be shifted: away from the climate and towards police operations and their role as victims. Basically, the moving demanded attention for themselves and not so much action for a better world, say their critics.
Confrontation and compromise
Does one have to exclude the other? No. Noise and provocation are part of business on the street. The more spectacular the conflict in front of the Federal Palace, the greater the chance that the compromise in the Federal Palace can be improved. Fast enough? Who knows? But maybe as soon as possible. As long as the politically motivated do not see the party politically established simply archenemies, a lot is in flux. Everything will be fine.
Ursula von Arx dreams of radical measures against climate deniers and frequent car drivers. And is happy to live in the most politically moderate system in the world. Von Arx writes in BLICK every other Monday.
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