The Greens’ top warns the grassroots against too radical climate protection policy. One shouldn’t weaken the Paris climate agreement, says Michael Kellner.
BERLIN taz | The Green leadership warns its own party base against an overly radical climate protection policy. “If we now begin to reformulate the Paris goals, we will weaken the Paris climate agreement – and with it the common fight for climate protection,” said Federal Managing Director Michael Kellner on Friday at the taz. “Time is of the essence, we have to get started.”
Kellner’s sentences refer to a vote that is due at the Green Party conference. An application from the Mannheim district association calls for the 1.5 degree target to be made the “standard” of green policy. So far, green decisions have been based on the Paris climate protection agreement. This provides for global heating to be limited to well below 2 degrees, if possible to 1.5 degrees. So it sets a corridor, not a fixed mark.
“The Paris Climate Agreement is the basis of our policy. And yes, every tenth of a degree counts, and we’re doing everything we can to get on the 1.5 degree path, ”emphasized Kellner. The fact that all states committed to the Paris climate protection agreement five years ago is historic. “As a world, we can only manage this massive effort together, with all our might.”
A completely digital party congress of the Greens will take place from Friday to Sunday, at which a new basic program will be adopted. Over 1,300 amendments have been tabled for this. The debate on the 1.5 degree target on Saturday morning should be exciting because there is a big conflict behind it.
Fridays for Future are involved
The climate protection activists of Fridays for Future have been accusing the Greens for a long time of not complying with the 1.5 degree target. The allegation was substantiated in October by a study by the Wuppertal Institute. The researchers presented key points on how Germany could meet this target. The proposals, such as halving car traffic, went far beyond green demands.
The Mannheim district association is not alone with its proposal. Experts from the Federal Energy Working Group, an internal party think tank, also advocated a tougher course on the issue in advance. The federal executive, in turn, is afraid of making itself vulnerable with a radical and one-sided interpretation of the Paris climate protection agreement.