After the UN climate summit in Glasgow

Reactions to the results of the UN climate summit COP 26 in Glasgow have been mixed. While some express their joy that the glass is finally half full, for others it is still half empty.

Above all, the countries suffering the most from the effects of climate change were bitterly disappointed – they expected clearer announcements to phase out coal and fossil fuels in general.

There should be no more subsidies

Also disappointed are the Third World and emerging countries which had hoped for greater financial support or compensation for damage in the implementation of climate objectives in the sense of “loss and damage”.

Environmental activist Carola Rackete criticizes formulations such as that in the future we want to abandon the “inefficient subsidization” of fossil fuels. “You can look on the internet to see how much this contract text has changed as a result of the one-on-one meetings,” says Rackete.

“The first draft also said that the subsidies should be removed immediately. After that, it was watered down more and more. ”

The fact that effectiveness and ineffectiveness are still under discussion shows that international negotiations are still far from reality. “Because what we have known for decades is that we need to end fossil fuels.”

A coalition of the advanced is necessary

Rackete thinks it makes sense for the countries that have come a long way with the exit to come together in a coalition. In this context, one could agree on the additional steps that would be possible in order to reach the 1.5 degree target. In this context, large conferences only make sense to talk about technical details.

Germany considers that the environmental activist has a special responsibility. The country is by no means so much further than other EU countries and has historically had the sixth highest level of emissions since the start of industrialization.

Renewable energy initiatives stalled

It is interesting to observe “how the federal government still manages to take advantage of this energy shift abroad and to present itself well, while the reality in this country is that it has on several occasions blocked many initiatives in favor of renewable energies ”.

Carola Rackete, became known as the captain of the “Sea Watch”, which rescued refugees from the Mediterranean. The activist and studied nature manager is committed to the protection of climate and species and to a more direct democracy. In 2019, his book “Act instead of Hope. Calling on the Last Generation” was published.

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