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Climate change : grass-roots movement for more climate protection

in 1975, occupied, thousands of people the site of the planned nuclear power plant in Wyhl, Freiburg. It was not only the beginning of the Anti-NUCLEAR movement, but also the birth of the energy transition. Inspired by the self-organized people's University Wyhler forest activists built the first solar thermal collectors, and founded the solar days. The world's most important photovoltaics trade fair, Solarworld was later. And in Wyhl was never built, a nuclear power plant.

there's No question that grass-roots movements can achieve a lot. In the climate crisis, but there is in spite of the great threat so far, no powerful extra-parliamentary Opposition. That might change in 2019.

Effectively, the simple action of the Swedish student, Greta Thunberg, in the shop for months now, every Friday the school is to demand in front of the Parliament for better protection of the climate. Students worldwide have joined Thun Berg's model, and organize under the Hashtag #Friday forfuture. Whether in Aachen or Adelaide: young people are obviously touched by the message of the Swede, to not let the future steal.

so Far, there are often only a few dozen people participating in the actions. "But the mobilization of young people is gaining momentum," said Laurence Tubiana, Head of the European Climate Foundation, at the climate conference in Katowice.

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"the recognition is extremely important"

Also in the case of the climate vigil at the Brandenburg gate in Berlin, the Trend is upwards, reported one of the organisers, Molina Gosch. Tomorrow, Tuesday the next Meeting. "I'm always surprised at how much power you have when you see that others are concerned," said Gosch daily mirror Background. The district Deputy of the Greens in Berlin-Mitte, has gone through the training program "Climate Reality Project" with Al Gore. It is important for you to be "visible to others".

in order Gosch confirmed the findings of the research to grass-root movements: "the recognition is extremely important," said Nina Long of the TU Berlin, which separates the magazine. The scientist was engaged in a project of the University of Bonn with the theme. She sees attention as a new factor of power: "it has become a kind of new currency. Who has enough influence.“

It's time for more climate protection, my protesters from the network, Extinction, Rebellion at a Demo in London.Photo: Simon Dawson/Reuters

Why it was still in the USA for a long time is not a sustainable grass-roots movement for more climate protection, has examined the sociologist Doug McAdam of Stanford University. Reasons for the "relentless denial" of climate change in the country, the Lack of "ownership of goods", as it was in the case of police violence against African-Americans, or in the case of violence against women. A role is also played by the seemingly long time horizon, the impacts of climate change in a "nebulous future" concealed played.

call for a General strike on 27. September

This analysis, but comes from 2017. Since then, the negative consequences of climate change become more apparent, especially through extreme weather. At the same time, the "youth army" of the Sunrise Movement in the United States is growing quickly. Other important movements: In France the Initiative "L'affaire du siècle" ("the affair of The century has collected") within a short time two million signatures for climate protection. The network Extinction of the Rebellion, which has its origins in the UK, made with the Blockade of London's bridges. And not only young people. Have done Australian mothers in the Club of Mums for a Safe Climate.

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Demos for more climate protection, The young

Susanne Ehlerding Marion Sendker

For the 27 fight for your future. September, have called on activists to the potentially biggest recent climate of protest: Nothing less than a global General strike will start the organizing team of Earth Strike, which has already thousands of members in 60 countries.

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