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Fridays for the Future : a environmental youth movement?

Also this week, hundreds of students went to Berlin on Friday for more environmental protection on the road. Under the Motto "traffic is turning now! Instead o

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Fridays for the Future : a environmental youth movement?

Also this week, hundreds of students went to Berlin on Friday for more environmental protection on the road. Under the Motto "traffic is turning now! Instead of using full throttle in the climate crisis!“ requested you, among other things, better public transport.

On the 20. August 2018 and was entered into the then-fifteen-year-old Swedish student, Greta Thunberg in a "school strike" to demonstrate for radical climate protection. To this point, you guessed that only a year and a half later, hundreds of thousands of young people around the world would go on regular "Fridays for Future" against climate change on the road. Since the 14th century. September 2018 will gather in Berlin for a week activists. The participants organize themselves via social networks.

youth researchers, given the high numbers of participants and the constancy of the protest surprised. The Bielefeld-based political scientist Mathias Albert stressed that this was the first move, which is really the lack of responsibility of the Older anprangere. Grows so just a new Generation of ecological idealists? "In any case. There's a youth movement,“ said climate expert Lisa Göldner from Greenpeace.

"amazing professionalism"

a very startling fact was that the Protest of self-supporting. "With an amazing level of professionalism and Intuition." Although Greenpeace had offered to the young people your support, "but you are not needed at all. You have communicated to us quite self-conscious.“ At the same time, but also observe the increased environmental awareness of numbers in the members of the Express youth organisation of Greenpeace.
First of all, it seems credible that young people, who will spend the longest time on this planet, claim to have a more sustainable relationship with nature.

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This is also confirmed by the Figures of a representative survey by the Federal environment Ministry from the past year. 86 percent of 14 - to 22-Year-olds agreed with the statement "To be part of a good life, a healthy natural environment for me". Almost as many young people indicated that through specific legal measures, the protection of the environment for all could be achieved.

The latest Protest was the beginning of a civil disobedience, the distance of the school to remain learning. This can also be used as a sign of a great mistrust of the so-called "Generation Z" to the existing institutions be counted. Researchers Christian Scholz recognizes the saarbrücken future a significant relationship disturbance between established politicians and parties, and that "Generation Z", which is now on the road. In the perception of the Adolescent politicians knew little about the concerns of young people, communicated poorly, and would overlook potential conflicts for generations to come.

Only one in four young people want to stay on air travel

In particular, the Display of environmental awareness, the young people in respect of their personal consumption behaviour, however, contradictory. In the results of the survey of the Ministry they will be a challenge, although ecological and social Actions, but you want to at the same time, less compromising than the high claims suggest. Hardly one in Ten buys already seals clothing with Eco -, only one out of four youth waived to air travel. After all, every third person eats for environmental reasons, less meat or buy organic food.

"growing up in a very pronounced comfort zone," says youth researcher Simon Schnetzer. It should not be forgotten, moreover, that youth, with its limited resources would have the consumer less possibilities to react on a personal Basis to ecological challenges. Also, the pressure of the group on topics such as brand clothes or a selfie suitability of holiday images is not to be underestimated.

On the roads rule among young people, however, a feeling of increased issues of self-efficacy in the environment. If young people in Berlin were in front of the Bundestag, you would know that they were part of a "global simultaneity". Still, you could not venture to predict how sustainable is this organic idealism of the "Fridays for Future". The touchstone, says Schnetzer, is likely to be the Moment when the charm of the demonstrations is gone.

Video 22.02.2019, 16:56 Uhr04:29 Min."Friday for the Future" Demonstration in Berlin Invalidenpark

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