Germany: Tens of thousands take part in climate strike
Several tens of thousands of people took part in the "climate strike" in various German cities. In the federal capital, according to the organisers of "Fridays for the Future" some 270 000 demonstrators came to the rally in front of the Brandenburg Gate. The police spoke of "well over 10 000".
Published: September 21, 2019, 11:20 am
In Hamburg, there were 70 000 people according to police, while “Fridays for the Future” spoke of 100 000.
According to organisers, 30 000 people took part in Bremen, 25 000 in Munich, 20 000 in Münster and 15 000 in Bonn. According to police, there were 17 000 people in Freiburg.
Migrant taxi Sea Watch captain Carole Rackete in her speech in front of the Brandenburg Gate called on participants to join the left-wing movement “Extinction Rebellion”, which instead of demonstrations should launch “civil disobedience” campaigns to save the climate.
Previously, she had already warned in a post for the Frankfurter Runschau of a “collapse of civilization” should the climate movement fail in changing policy. “Fridays for the Future” spokeswoman Luisa Neubauer had also called for civil disobedience.
The cabaret artist Eckart von Hirschhausen warned at the Brandenburg Gate: “The earth has a high fever.” If one’s own mother had high fever lying in the intensive care unit, “we would panic”. One also has to panic when it comes to the planet, he said.
In Berlin and Brandenburg, at five minutes to noon, numerous bells of Protestant churches rang. Thus, the local pastors followed a call of the church leadership of the Protestant Church Berlin-Brandenburg-Silesia and Upper Lusatia.
The Catholic Church did not participate. The ringing of the church bell serves exclusively the purpose to call the Catholic faithful to the service, said a spokesman of the archbishop for Berlin according to the Berliner Morgenpost. In Bamberg, however, Archbishop Ludwig Schick had the bells ring at 12 o’clock during the climate strike.
Even clubs of the Bundesliga supported the rallies. The FSV Mainz 05, the SC Freiburg and Werder Bremen released their employees, so that they could participate in the protests.
The FSV Mainz 05 also offered 500 fans a climate-friendly arrival at today’s match at FC Schalke 04 in Gelsenkirchen – in the subsidised special train for the price of 25 euros per ticket.
On the occasion of the protests, German Chancellor Angela Merkel (CDU) presented the Federal Government’s “Climate Protection Program 2030” in Berlin. It provides, inter alia, for a CO2 cost, a ban on heating oil from 2026 and an increase in fuel prices.
Finance Minister Olaf Scholz (SPD) expected costs for the package of measures of 54 billion euros.
“We do not live sustainably today, especially on the question of global warming,” said Merkel. It impresses her as a scientist when Greta Thunberg says “unite behind the science” she added. Because it is not “that we do something ideological here,” said the physicist. One wants to lead people to “change their behavior”.
Bavaria’s Prime Minister Markus Söder spoke of a “strategic Marshall plan for climate protection”. He added: “We not only send a signal to our own country, but also internationally.” Criticism against the package came from the “Fridays for the Future” movement. Their spokeswoman Luisa Neubauer said the measures were “not a breakthrough”, but a “scandal”.
“Germany’s CO2 emissions account for just two percent of global CO2 emissions,” said AfD Federal Chairman Jörg Meuthen. “Merkel’s climate cabinet could thus abolish Germany’s entire industry, shut down all cars and power plants, and all of that would have no measurable impact on the global climate,” he told Berlin weekly Junge Freiheit. The “concentrated madness” of the federal government is based “on the climate religion of ecosocialist truants and their left-green backers”.
Those who exchange their old oil heating system for a climate-friendly alternative will receive a subsidy of 40 percent of the total costs. According to the Federal Statistical Office, one in four households in Germany are currently heating with oil. According to the Institute of Heat and Oil Technology, there are 5,5 million oil heaters across the country.
Among Germans, however there is widespread agreement to prioritize the fight against climate change over economic growth. Almost two-thirds consider climate protection more important than positive economic development, according to the latest German ARD trend.
But climate leaders such as Greta Thunberg, Luisa Neubauer, Carla Reemtsma or Jakob Blasel are by no means prodigies. Rather, it is mostly their own parents who are instrumental in promoting the ideology of the “Fridays for the Future” movement, supposedly started by students, and providing the necessary organisational support.
For example, Swedish PR entrepreneur Ingmar Rentzhog, who used Greta Thunberg as a figurehead for the business of his own climate firm “We do not have time” to attract investors, is a partner of Al Gore’s Climate Reality project.
And it is the international organisation “Plant-for-the-Planet” headed by none other than Vice President of the German Club of Rome, Fritjof Finkbeiner, which provides “Fridays for for Future” (FFF) with a donation account. It is therefore more than just a coincidence that his son Felix Finkbeiner is being promoted as another Thunberg.
Jakob Blasel, another leader of the FFF movement, is “supported by Daddy”, some of his critics at Kiel University complained. His father Kristian Blasel is the local chief at Kieler Nachrichten. In a commentary in the newspaper Kristian condemned the evil shipping companies and their diabolical cruise businesses and praised the port blockades which is being organised by his son.
In cities across South Africa small groups of people protested on Friday to raise awareness of climate change, reported GroundUp. GroundUp is funded by the Open Society Foundation, run by globalist billionaire George Soros.
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