The FRFG gave a press con­fer­ence, report­ing on pro­ceed­ings dur­ing COP23 in Bonn. Del­e­gates of the FRFG and the Jugend­bünd­nis Zukun­ft­sen­ergie spoke about a recent­ly organ­ised young people’s exchange between Ger­many and Fiji, the neces­si­ty of keep­ing the cli­mate in good shape and their open let­ter (in Ger­man) to the nego­tia­tors at the sum­mit.

We made our demands clear with a protest as heads of state and gov­ern­ment entered the con­fer­ence build­ing on the 16th. Though Ger­many has so far been con­sid­ered a pio­neer when it comes to cli­mate change it now seems clear that we will miss our cli­mate tar­gets for 2020. We need an about-turn in trans­port pol­i­cy and to aban­don coal if we are going to meet our tar­gets. Germany’s envi­ron­men­tal poli­cies are under the spot­light this year thanks to our host­ing this UN sum­mit. But we have been rather reserved up until now, espe­cial­ly when it comes to aban­don­ing coal, which still accounts for 40% of total Ger­man ener­gy pro­duc­tion. 20 oth­er coun­tries, Cana­da and the Unit­ed King­dom among them, have mean­while formed an anti-coal alliance. Ger­many has stayed out. At the same time politi­cians in Ger­many are pass­ing up the oppor­tu­ni­ty of coali­tion nego­ti­a­tions to come up with new poli­cies for the cli­mate and swift mea­sures to meet our tar­gets.

Our open let­ter and demon­stra­tion at COP23 protest­ed against that in par­tic­u­lar. Ger­many must not be allowed to lose its cred­i­bil­i­ty inter­na­tion­al cli­mate nego­ti­a­tions.