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(en) Germany, LIKOS: Climate strike on March 25, 2022 - speech (ca, de, it, pt)[machine translation]

Date Sun, 3 Apr 2022 08:07:12 +0300

Our speech at the climate strike on March 25th, 2022: ---- An hour's flight with the Eurofighter fighter plane generates as many tons of CO2 as an average person in Germany in one year. Military exercises constantly cause damage to the environment and climate. The Bundeswehr repeatedly causes fires during their air-to-ground firing exercises, e.g. B. on Sardinia 2014 or the week-long moor fires in Emsland September 2019. Fires in which massive amounts of greenhouse gases and fine dust are released. ---- The US military is the world's largest emitter of greenhouse gases. In 2017 alone, these even exceeded the emissions of the industrialized countries Denmark or Sweden. That is why the USA did not push to change this, but rather to exclude them from the Kyoto Protocol.

NATO, as the largest military alliance with constant training in wars and regular war operations, will not change anything in the underground climate balance of fighter jets and warships with a so-called "increase in energy efficiency" of the barracks.

For armaments lobbyists and industry, war is a bomb business and the greatest evil for people, animals and the climate, currently with Russia's war of aggression against Ukraine or e.g. B. 1999 in the Kosovo war with the destruction of Yugoslavia by NATO with German participation.

The Russian war of aggression against Ukraine not only causes suffering for the people, but also means another climate disaster.

The Bundeswehr and NATO, in turn, imagine climate change as a security policy challenge that depends on the help of the military to combat it in order to keep the situation under control. This can only mean preventing people whose livelihoods are being destroyed from fleeing to the polluter countries. But also to protect capitalist structures and prevent people from taking over them so as not to starve.

The military and war have always been major contributors to the impending climate catastrophe.

Instead, however, the Bundeswehr is being upgraded, will receive 100 billion euros and the military budget of the Federal Republic of Germany is said to be in third place worldwide. Fracking gas from the USA, a gas extraction method that is extremely harmful to the environment, is being touted as an alternative to Russian gas supplies. That when looking for alternative gas suppliers btw. Robert Habeck's visit to Islamist Qatar to import gas from there shows that it is not about human rights but about the interests of capitalist states.

Fairy tales of price-gouging with gas supplies being withheld from GAZPROM are being invented to justify arms deliveries to Ukraine, which will certainly not help negotiations, but rather prolong the war and increase the number of casualties, which in reality are the result of speculation. The reasons for the high gas prices include increased demand in Asia, the particularly cold winter of 2020/21 in Europe, which emptied gas storage facilities, and CO2 prices. It was speculated that gas prices would fall again, which is why the storage tanks were not completely filled. In any case, gas deliveries are also explicitly exempt from the sanctions against Russia.

In short: For us it can only be about DAMAGE LIMITATION. Warmongering and the cry for more weapons cannot be the concern of the climate movement.

A worn-out capitalism that has only made oligarchs rich and the civilian population poor prevails in both Russia and Ukraine. Ukrainian President Zelenskyy was elected mainly because he called for anti-corruption laws targeting Ukrainian oligarchs who enrich themselves at public expense while the country cannot even pay for gas supplies from Russia. This hasn't been an issue since he took office. Anyone who believes that the highly indebted country joining the EU would help the people of Ukraine should be reminded of the cruel austerity policy towards Greece.

In the meantime, we workers and students are confronted with even higher living costs than before. If you are currently looking for a gas contract, you have to pay a monthly payment of around €200 or more. Many simply cannot afford that. The same applies to the rising petrol prices.

And anyone who looks at the politics of the Greens will also have to realize that they are not promoting effective climate protection, but are already passing the whole thing on to the workers when, for example, there is talk of making food more expensive (Özdemir) or heating costs from Hartz4- Recipients can no longer be accepted (Habeck).

There is nothing leftist about workers being allowed to pay for it all. It is also of no use to us to appeal for a waiver, whether for supposed solidarity or ecological reasons. Not being cold is a human right and anyone who relies on their car to get to work cannot be told under capitalism that they should simply do without it.

It is possible that protests could form in Germany against the rising energy prices - comparable to the yellow vests in France. If so, one can assume that these protests will be politically diffuse. Unfortunately, the right-wing in Germany has been relatively successful in recent years building the framing that climate protection automatically means less money and thus a worsening of life for workers.

The climate movement must position itself! We must not only react when the right-wing already dominates public discourse, as happened with the Corona protests.

Let's not be played off against each other! Climate protection and social issues belong together. Our demands must be: Renewable energies for free for everyone, free public transport and an end to the exploitation of people and nature!

End the war!
No more capitalist irresponsibility!
SYSTEM CHANGE! - for a better life!

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