(Berlin) Swedish activist Greta Thunberg, who had been mobilized for the climate for only two years, took advantage of a Thursday meeting with Angela Merkel to, despite the ‘political passivity’, her movement hampered by the Covid19 epidemic.
Posted August 20, 2020 at 12:45 PM
France Media Agency
The August 20 date is of “symbolic” importance, she told the press after her meeting with the German Chancellor in Berlin.
Greta Thunberg, then 15 years old and still unknown, had indeed started a school strike in front of the Swedish Parliament in Stockholm on August 20, 2018.
This mobilization has evolved over the months into a movement called “Fridays for Future”, with thousands of young Europeans participating every week.
However, this success, combined with a rise in green votes in many countries, does not appear to have helped the climate cause, Greta Thunberg regrets.
In a vicious letter to European leaders, she thus denounces the “political passivity” that she believes continues on climate protection and the “denial” of governments.
“The EU must finally act, Germany must take the initiative: investments in fossil fuels must stop, ecocide must be criminalized”, she wonders.
“When it comes to taking action, we are always in a state of denial. The climate and ecological crisis have never been treated as a crisis, ”Greta Thunberg complains.
The 17-year-old activist was welcomed for an hour and a half by Angela Merkel with other members of the movement, Luisa Neubauer (Germany), as well as Anuna de Wever and Adélaïde Charlier (Belgium).
Germany, which currently holds the EU Presidency, has a “huge responsibility, we wanted to make sure it is high at stake,” explains Anuna de Wever. Angela Merkel seems to be aware of the issues, said Luisa Neubauer.
The Chancellor, who will retire from power at the end of 2021, and the four activists “agreed that global warming is a global challenge and that industrialized countries have a special responsibility in the fight against this phenomenon,” reported after the meeting. – government speech, Steffen Seibert.
” Opportunity ”
“The basis is the consistent implementation of the Paris climate agreement,” which aims to limit global warming to 2 ° compared to the pre-industrial era, he said.
The interview, according to the Chancellery, was largely focused on the EU target of climate neutrality by 2050, with a possible intermediate target by 2030, and on CO2 pricing.
“The gap between what we should be doing and what is actually being done is widening every minute,” regretted, however, upstream of the meeting with climate activists.
Despite the mobilization, “we still lost two crucial years to political inactivity,” deplore activists, calling on countries to urgently stop all investments in fossil fuels.
Germany itself is accused of not making enough effort. It remains heavily dependent on coal, operated until 2038, due to the phasing out of nuclear power following the 2011 Fukushima disaster.
However, thanks to the decline in coronavirus activity, the country could achieve its goal of reducing its emissions by 40% compared to the levels of the 1990s.
“The new coronavirus pandemic offers a huge opportunity to change things”, Adélaïde Charlier wants to believe.
The epidemic and the sudden global economic downturn it causes have a temporary positive effect on emissions and pollution. But they complicate climate mobilization at a time when fear of employment is a priority.
Friday for future plans a worldwide mobilization day on September 25, but adapted to the health context, characterized in many European countries by an increase in the number of cases.
“We are taking the epidemic seriously, we are looking for ways to adapt (the mobilization), with fewer people on the street, for example,” says Luisa Neubauer, figure of the movement in Germany.