AIn view of the severe storms in western Germany, the climate protection movement Fridays for Future has announced strikes in more than 40 locations. “The extent of the destruction leaves you speechless,” wrote climate activist Luisa Neubauer on Twitter. The strikes on Friday would also take place in solidarity with those “who have lost so much”.
“These disasters must have political consequences,” Neubauer continued. In response to the severe storms in North Rhine-Westphalia and Rhineland-Palatinate, which has now more than a hundred fatalities, politicians from several parties also called for increased climate protection.
The 25-year-old received a lot of praise for the announced strikes – but not exclusively: Many people called on Neubauer to help even in the crisis areas. “Yes, a strike is an incredible help for those affected. Cool idea, ”wrote one user ironically.
In view of the severe weather disaster in western Germany, Neubauer had particularly sharply criticized the CDU / CSU’s climate protection plans. While the people in the stormy regions had to struggle with the consequences of the climate, Union Chancellor candidate Armin Laschet (CDU) “is running an election program for the federal election that will accelerate the climate crisis,” said Neubauer of the Düsseldorf “Rheinische Post” (Friday edition).
Neubauer called it “phenomenally lying” that Laschet was now calling for “more speed” in terms of climate protection. “He has governed NRW for years and is currently doing everything with his politics to ensure that the global climate targets are missed,” is her allegation. “We will increase our pressure, there can be no ‘business as usual'”, emphasized the organizer of Fridays for Future in Germany.