Hannover – Fridays for Future activists have criticized the climate policy in Lower Saxony as “very frustrating”. “We continue to see the expansion of the A20 and A39, gas drilling off Borkum is being discussed and new LNG terminals are being built,” said activist Helen Knorre of the “Hannoversche Allgemeine Zeitung” (Friday). The money for the liquid gas terminals will be used to invest in renewable energies.
Activist Tabea Dammann complained: “We see a very big shift in responsibility from politics to us young people and are praised for putting pressure on us. But we are not the ones in positions of power.” The dry summer has “made clear the decades of climate policy failure,” she emphasized. “So it’s time for something to change.”
Fridays for Future had called for a global “climate strike” on Friday. In Germany alone there are said to be protests in more than 200 cities, including Wolfsburg, Göttingen and Oldenburg. Fridays for Future calls for the “radical expansion” of renewable energies and the rapid implementation of a consistent turnaround in traffic.
Dammann explained: “I believe that this winter we will see how many people get up.” It is no coincidence that different crises meet. “Climate, economic and energy crises have their roots in a system that fuels these injustices,” she said. Knorre said: “The rising gas prices, for example, are the consequence of dependence on fossil fuels, which is caused by a delayed energy policy.”