Against the Background of the international Friday rallies of students for more climate protection, the German Bundestag debated at the request of the Greens about the government's attitude to the "Fridays for Future"movement. This is now by renowned scientists and many other organizations supported.
Thomas Oppermann, the SPD-member and Vice-President of the Bundestag, said at the beginning of the debate in the Bundestag, this is a "peak hour". If students in Berlin would demonstrate seriousness and a "cheerful attitude" to climate protection, then this is a contribution to the "democratic will-formation".
German Chancellor Angela Merkel had expressed Symapthie for the protesters. Some members of the Cabinet, for example, the Federal Minister of transport, Andreas Scheuer (CSU), have expressed, however, is critical about the protests during class time to take place.
"The political decision-makers are not doing nearly enough"
Green party leader, Anton Hofreiter, called the debate over the admissibility of school strikes, however, a diversion. "The political decision-makers are not doing nearly enough to protect the livelihoods of the young Generation," said Hofreiter of the news Agency AFP. In the Bundestag Hofreiter said later, the protests of pupils and students in more than 1600 cities and more than 100 countries, was an "incredibly powerful Signal". For students who would demonstrate ambitious for their future, one would have to Worry that they would reach their educational goals.
criticism of the protests and the attitude of the Chancellor came from the AfD, which referred to the observance of the compulsory education. "You don't give a garbage to the law, if only the attitude is wrong," said the Deputy Götz Frömming. Demonstrations with the support of the government, you know, from dictatorships like North Korea or Cuba, he said.
The liberal, Lukas Köhler warned not to exploit students for political purposes. You should take it seriously and had just said, therefore your arguments and engage with them, the FDP politician.
"I had goose bumps actually. Goose bumps about the creativity," said Lorenz Gösta Beutin from the Left, stating that schülerp grates in Berlin to have visited. It was "pathetic", would that equal the beginning of the debate "bullying" from the ranks of the FDP, the Union and the AfD. You know this already since at least 30 years, the importance of climate protection. "What we are seeing here is democracy," he said.
is one of the core demands of the protest movement, the observance of the 2015 Paris UN climate conference decided on measures to limit global warming. In Germany, the Coal phase-out by 2030.