Extreme summer: greens call for immediate climate protection program

Under the impression of the extreme summer, Green Party leader Annalena Baerbock denounces that German politics has shown too little ambition for years in the fight against climate change.

The consequences of global warming in this country have been ignored "so that we can continue to claim that we can wait and see on climate protection and postpone the coal phase-out," she told the , which, like this editorial department, belongs to the FUNKE Media Group. But the more time that passes, the more likely it is that the costs will rise.

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Extreme summer: greens call for immediate climate protection program

He said the federal government should push for an effective emergency climate protection program, as well as an end to coal, an ecological shift in transportation and a CO2 price. "Unfortunately, it does not do this, but refuses to set guard rails that we achieve the climate protection goals. This is a great danger for this industrialized country, especially for the car industry," the politician told the "Heilbronner Stimme" newspaper.

"Cities are not prepared for the consequences"

The Green Party leader told the "Rheinpfalz" newspaper that, unlike other developed countries, there was no overarching plan in this country to limit the consequences of extreme weather events like heavy rain or drought. At the federal level, he said, there is only one climate change program, "and that dates from 2008".

In the WAZ newspaper, she also complained that cities are not sufficiently prepared for the consequences of climate change. What's needed, for example, are more green spaces, fresh air corridors, green facades and better house insulation, he said. But this also includes flood protection in the cities, where heavy rains have led to flooding due to complete sealing, he said.

In her view, aid money to offset drought losses should be tied to commitments to climate protection: "Fewer pesticides, fewer livestock, fewer monocultures in the fields. Otherwise it's a bottomless pit."