With the flood came the discussion. In many places, the issue of climate change is now being debated with even more vigor. The Flood shows, for example, how complicated relationships are. Global warming is neither the direct cause of the disaster that afflicted populations, especially in West Germany, nor is it for nothing. At least in the general perception, things are put in a context – which can only be welcomed in the interest of awareness of the problem.
The findings of science are in principle clear, the images of the whole world alarming. Only really stupid people can ignore the devastating effects of climate change that have already happened or are to be expected. There can also be no doubt about the necessary response – for example the goal of climate neutrality. But what should be implemented and how concretely should be challenged.
From the perspective of climate activists such as Fridays for Future students, the necessary steps can be clearly spelled out, but the answer to the question of how to rebuild a heavily armed economy focused on growth and prosperity in such a way that Affected People – consumers, employees, managers, investors and, by the way, voters (m / f / d) – are ready to embark on this path.
Climate policy has received unprecedented momentum
The fact that former Federal Environment Minister Angela Merkel did much less for the environment in 16 years as Chancellor than she herself probably expected is certainly not due to his ignorance, but to adversity and circumstances. Of course, the woman, who once traveled to the Arctic in a red jacket to gain public attention, can be blamed for setting the wrong priorities, lack of determination and technical errors – but most importantly, she was dealing with an economic problem and social structure that had developed over decades it was famous for changing The thick-plank drilling is; Not to mention the impossibility of agreeing on a coherent policy at the international level.
At least we can say today that climate policy has momentum like never before. Social consciousness has increased massively in a few years and has reached the middle of society. In this context, the will and the will for change is growing in many companies and societies. What was often “greenwashing” in the beginning – cheap talk for marketing reasons – has reached an encouraging level of seriousness.
It also increases the likelihood that innovations are possible that will help the environment and climate faster than expected. And this is how it should be: Only if the pair of sustainability and economy terms are seen in cooperation rather than in contradiction, can climate destruction be stopped. The first sustainable development summit of the Süddeutsche Zeitung this Thursday and Friday in Munich wants to make its contribution.