Merkel calls on youth to continue pressing for climate protection

Merkel calls on youth to continue pressing for climate protection

Berlin. Acting Chancellor Angela Merkel justifies young people’s opposition to greater ambitions in climate protection. “Glasgow has already brought some results, but from the point of view of young people it is still very slow,” the CDU politician said in an interview published by Deutsche Welle on Sunday evening before the start of the warm phase of the World Climate Conference.

“Again scientific assessment will follow”

The international community has always done much for climate protection, but the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) reports “have become more and more alarming and more and more alarming”. “And then I tell the youth that they have to put pressure and we have to accelerate,” Merkel insisted. It is true that the person has become sharp. “But it has never happened that the distance to scientific assessment hasn’t increased again. And in this decade that has to change. We have to follow the scientific assessment again, and that means living very close to 1.5 degrees of global warming, The Vice Chancellor warned.

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After massive protests in Glasgow, the World Climate Conference in Glasgow begins its second and decisive week. A number of ministers and heads of government will travel to Scotland on Monday to speed up talks of the nearly 200 represented states.

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In cold, wet weather, protesters marched on Saturday from the Scottish city of Glasgow, where the world climate conference COP26 is currently taking place. © Reuters

Federal Environment Minister Svenja Schultz will not be involved until the end of the week, with SPD politicians involved in talks over a coalition of the SPD, Greens and FDP in the federal government.

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