But some young Germans are worried that even the green Greens may not adopt policies aggressively enough to accelerate Germany’s exit from coal, currently 2038. They also demand that Germany accelerate its plan to achieve climate neutrality, when net CO2 emissions hit zero, 10 years earlier than planned, to limit global warming to 1.5 degrees Celsius, the lower limit defined in The Paris Agreement.
“The last few months have shown how dishonestly the parties have fought for the climate crisis, without even beginning to advocate sufficient measures to combat it,” said Maia Stimmimg, spokeswoman for Fridays for Future Germany.
“As one of the main polluters, Germany must finally stop the destruction,” she said. “Without massive pressure from us on the streets, no coalition will keep the limit at 1.5 degrees after the election.”
Alexandra Petrikat, an entrepreneur and mother of two young children who took part in the demonstration in Berlin, said she was impressed by how peaceful and respectful the protesters were. At the same time, she said that their message was loud and clear.
“I think we sent a signal that whoever forms the next government cannot turn a blind eye to our demands,” Petrikat said. “We will not give up. We will continue to grow and we will continue the pressure. ”
Christopher F. Schuetze contributed with reporting.