Before renewed protests by the Fridays for Future movement, climate activist Luisa Neubauer attacked Chancellor Olaf Scholz (SPD) directly because of his climate policy. "We are incredibly worried about the fossil Chancellor Olaf Scholz, who apparently has no interest in getting us out of the climate crisis substantially," said Neubauer to the editorial network Germany (RND / Thursday). She also criticized the work of the traffic light coalition. “The government as a whole is not living up to the challenges. Above all, we are shocked that the coalition climate is always more important than the world climate.”
Fridays For Future has called for a global climate strike this Friday. In Germany alone, there are said to be demonstrations in around 200 cities, including Berlin. 8,000 participants have registered for the protest in the capital. According to Neubauer, the topics of social security and climate protection should be addressed together this time.
Chancellor Olaf Scholz had previously given his first speech to the UN General Assembly in New York, but there he mainly spoke about topics such as the Ukraine war. The topic of climate played only a minor role. Nevertheless, he had announced that Germany would provide 1.5 billion euros annually for international biodiversity protection from 2025. According to the environment and development ministries, this is twice as much as the approximately 750 million euros that were invested on average between 2017 and 2021. The funds are part of the increase in the budget for international climate protection to at least six billion euros per year by 2025 at the latest. Many experts see climate protection and the preservation of biodiversity as a common task in order to preserve the basis of life.