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That's why Fridays for the Future is so successful

Whether in the Petersberg climate dialogue, in the main gatherings of VW and RWE: "The Fridays for Future"movement is currently ubiquitous. What makes the mov

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That's why Fridays for the Future is so successful

Whether in the Petersberg climate dialogue, in the main gatherings of VW and RWE: "The Fridays for Future"movement is currently ubiquitous. What makes the move successful ?

you have the floor. In the case of the main gatherings of VW and RWE. At the climate conference in Katowice. In front of the United Nations. For months now, the "Fridays for Future"-activists protest, but the attention for their movement does not break down.

on the contrary, The students have managed to put yourself and your concerns the world on the public and political Agenda. Politicians, such as the UN Secretary-General, Antonio Guterres demanded to hear the call of the youth. And German Chancellor Angela Merkel said recently in a newspaper interview, it was good that the do pressure. "The young people make clear that they hold even more decisive Action is necessary and feasible."

but What is it that makes this movement so successful?

The topic hits a nerve

"The 'Fridays for Future'movement, with its theme of a head start," says Sebastian Haunss, a researcher at the Institute for Protest and movement research. "There is a very large social consensus, that in terms of climate protection, what needs to be done." Will argued only about how. "The different 'Fridays for the Future' from other movements, such as the women's movement or the civil rights movement in the United States." This would first of all need to the relevance of your topic to justify.

in fact: In a survey by the opinion research Institute infratest dimap, 74 percent of respondents reported already last autumn that they expected from the Federal government for more commitment in climate protection. The "Fridays-for-Future"movement was in December large, as the Swede Greta Thunberg spoke at the UN climate change conference. And since then, the issue remains on everyone's lips. In the ARD-Europe trend, a majority of respondents gave a good week before the European elections, the climate protection is the most important issue.

"The earth has a fever". For the protection of the climate, something needs to be done is largely a consensus.

Young people are fighting for their future -

However, the thematic advantage is not alone the reason for the success, so Haunss. The movement have managed to frame the issue so to tell so that it will be very compatible: We need to take our future into our own hands. "This is a very big claim, but with specific recommendation for action," says Haunss.

Thomas Schlemmer, the Institute for contemporary history in Munich, sees this as a key success factor. He speaks of the Narrative of the "Double future". This means: "It is not only the future of the planet, but also for their own future. And if young people are calling for it, it is of course very strong and has a great impact."

Added to this is that it is harder to criticize young people. "Politicians, of course, want to indicate that you have to take both the subject and the young people as citizens seriously", said Schlemmer - especially because they are potential future voters.

the goal for policy professionals

For attention, for example, with the FDP Chairman Christian Lindner and the CDU leader, Annegret Kramp-Karrenbauer taken care of. While you are criticized, especially the fact that the young people played hooky in school, he said students have the ability to all the global interrelations, the technically practical and economically Feasible. "This is a matter for professionals," says Lindner.

Both politicians had in the Public for their Expressions of much and severe criticism plug. Councillors, politicians of other parties, scientists and representatives of environmental organizations lined up behind the students.

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