Icon of the aid given to migrants in the Mediterranean, the German ship captain defends in a book published this week her commitment against global warming and advocates civil disobedience as a means of militant action.
June 2019. On the port of Lampedusa, the Sea Watch 3 has just docked. Its captain, Carola Rackete, is arrested. His dreadlocks and his imperturbable calm go around the world. A little over a year after this brilliant action, the 32-year-old German ship captain was in Paris on Thursday to present her book entitled It’s time to act, published in its French translation by L’Iconoclaste editions. She exposes her commitment against global warming, and defends civil disobedience as a means of militant action. The media describe her as Captain Courage who dared to force the Italian blockade and challenge Matteo Salvini, yet helping refugees is not her main battle.
” I’ve been working on the polar circles for 9 years, she explains. Last winter I took part in a Greenpeace campaign in Antarctica, where temperatures never reached before, up to 18 degrees were measured. So my main topic is clearly the climate and the environment. ”
At the origin of its vocation we find a fascination for the poles. Also, maritime navigation diploma in hand, Carola Rackete multiplies scientific missions. Nothing predestined this young German woman from Lower Saxony, father engineer in armaments, mother accountant, to become an environmental activist.
As a teenager, I wasn’t involved at all. It was my travels, the climate crisis in the Arctic, the poverty in South America that prompted me to act.to franceinfo
Radical action, civil disobedience, because traditional mobilisations have failed, according to her. ‘‘Global warming has been known for 50 years and despite international summits, demonstrations, petitions, greenhouse gas emissions are increasing. So why continue? ” Voting is not enough, urges the young woman, who distrusts political elites and especially the German government, yet the only one in Europe to announce the reception of 1,500 migrants, survivors of the recent fire in the Moria camp, on the Greek island. from Lesbos.
”It’s ridiculous, she storms, when you see that only one German region agrees to accommodate 2,000. But why take only 1,500! With all the initiatives of the cities and regions volunteers, we could welcome them all … ” Carola Rackete wears a small pendant permanently around her neck representing the island of Lampedusa. She has moved away from the Mediterranean, but says she is ready to leave. His name, in any case, remains on the list of emergency NGO contacts.