The head of the economic experts, christoph schmidt, has praised the role of the friday for future movement in the fight against climate change.
"Fridays for future is an important element that society has now woken up to the fact that things can’t go on like this," the 56-year-old said in a radio interview with west german radio on saturday. The movement has urged politicians to "finally take seriously" the basic idea of putting a price on CO2. "Of course, a CO2 price as a basic instrument is still the right way to go," the economist said.
Schmidt is president of the essen-based economic research institute RWI. He took part in a panel discussion on the topic of a CO2 tax at the summer congress of the fridays for future movement in dortmund on saturday. "I’m very glad i was here," he said after the event. "We need the discourse of the generations."
Schmidt described the transformation of the energy system in the WDR5 program "morgenecho" as a "rough social task". The goal is "to stop using fossil resources or to use only as much as can actually be absorbed by the atmosphere.". "We have to reach these net zero emissions at some point, at the latest by the end of the century. This would be necessary if we want to exclude gross climate change to some extent." "Now is the time to finally do more about it," schmidt continued.
In the debate over a CO2 tax, SPD environment minister svenja schulze proposes an increase in the energy tax, initially starting at 35 euros more per ton of CO2. Fridays for future, on the other hand, is calling for a "quick" 180 euro per tonne of CO2 levied. Christoph schmitz, head of the federal department for media, arts and industry at the verdi trade union, was skeptical about this demand during the discussion on saturday. It’s important to convince people, not scare them off. "To take people, it is important to see the boarding price rather in the rough order of 35 to 40 euros."Schmidt also called for a "compromise solution that takes people along with it".
The organizers gave a positive assessment of the meeting, which ended on sunday and was attended by a total of 1,700 people from all over germany, according to the organizers. The participants had been given a lot of "power" to implement the political goals of the movement by the end of the year, said co-organizer jakob blasel (18). "We have to keep up the pressure."
For the 20. September fridays for future calls on "the general public" nationwide to take part in demonstrations, and not just schoolchildren. "We call for people to take time off to demonstrate together for a change in climate policy."The demos were organized locally. On that day, the federal government’s climate cabinet will decide on a package of concrete climate protection measures to ensure that germany makes faster progress in saving greenhouse gases.
Further congresses are not yet concretely planned, blasel continued. According to blasel, fridays for future will continue to focus on climate policy. "We are a movement that has the consensus to stand up for compliance with the 1.5 degree target. We will stick to that."
The congress began on wednesday. A total of 200 workshops, panel discussions and working groups are on the agenda. On sunday, the meeting ends with a "finale. Among other things, a self-made film about the congress is to be shown. An appearance by author and cabaret artist marc uwe kling is also planned.
But climate activists also want to mobilize in the coming week. Around 1000 participants are expected at a climate camp in podelwitz near leipzig. More than 100 workshops and discussions are planned for the second edition of the camp. The 700-year-old village of podelwitz is to make way for coal and disappear from the map. There have been protests against this for a long time.
In mannheim on saturday, around 100 activists from the organization "ende gelande" lent weight to their demands for a rapid coal phase-out by blockading a coal-fired power plant. Some activists also got on a coal demand tape. On twitter the alliance demanded: "shut down the coarse power plant mannheim finally!"It is the coal-fired power plant with the highest CO2 emissions in germany.