Global climate protests suffer from Corona pandemic and curfews

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Many countries have imposed in the Wake of the Corona-crisis output block. Environmental activists can’t protest on the road, try to mobilize now digital. However, as your success prospects?

Since then, Fridays have been For the Future of the climate movement, 2018 launched, have students demonstrate on a regular basis for an environmentally friendly future. But now, in times of COVID-19 Virus such climate protests came to a Halt.

“It is demonstrating for us currently unthinkable on the road,” says Ariadne Papatheodorou, a 16-year-old Fridays-for-Future-climate activist from Athens. “We know that we are in a crisis, as well as the European health systems. We don’t want people to die, so we stay at home”.

“Digital strike” as a solution?

The climate activist Greta Thunberg has called on its followers via Twitter to refrain from mass rallies and instead focus on digital strikes during the Corona of a crisis. Under the hashtag #climate strike online, are people photos, post Videos and messages is called, the reforms aimed at limiting global warming to less than 1.5 degrees Celsius by 2100 address.

“A global pandemic does not mean that the climate crisis is over. We must continue to strike to keep up the pressure,” said Dylan Hamilton, a 15-year-old Fridays-fo-Future-an activist from Scotland. The group has put in place recently, the Twitter Account “Fridays For Future Digital”. There strike, can upload from all over the world photos and share the show with protest posters.

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So far, weak subscriber numbers

The digital Protest is, however, yet very lean. 27. In March, there were something over 1,000 participants, according to the Fridays for Future Digital. One of them is the 10-year-old Lance Lau from Hong Kong. He demonstrated for 27 weeks alone in the garden of his neighbors for climate protection. “Despite the Hong Kong protests and the repression by the police last year, as I demonstrate here,” says Lance of the DW.

Protests despite warnings

But not everyone in the protests and security measures against the new Coronavirus as seriously as the young climate activists. In the course of heated debates in India to a controversial citizenship law had gathered around despite insistent warning numerous demonstrators to protest in Shaheen Bagh, a district of Delhi, India. Later, one of the protesters has tested positive for COVID-19.

Lance Lau protested in the garden of his neighbors

According to Ashiq Rahman from Fridays For Future India had hoped to the last to the climate protests in the streets of India to continue as the starting-block in Europe and the United States was limited. The Shaheen Bagh rally and the subsequent country-wide spread of the Corona Virus has advanced to the now, however, a bolt.

“Corona gets more attention than the climate crisis. This is a Problem,” said Rahman. “We are facing a long-term global warming crisis”. It is important, therefore, that you lose even in times of Corona, the necessary climate measures from the eyes.

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The digital protests are not, however, “generate, by far, the same degree of public interest, as it did the street protests last year”, says Dieter Rucht, a sociology Professor, and Board member of the Institute for Protest and movement research. He believes that it is for the Fridays-For-Future movement will be very difficult to mobilise people, because other topics are currently more important.

“Fridays For the Future is not dead,” says Rucht. Because the number of participants, the Corona-crisis, the movement will shrink now “to a Minimum are gone”. A Post on Facebook is simply not comparable with the Protest on the street.

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One of the main demands of the protest movement, the reduction of greenhouse gases. This is exactly what happens now anyway in the course of the Corona-crisis and throttling of the economy – therefore, “on the basis of the movement in a sense in the air”. Andreas von Bubnoff, a Professor of science communication at the Rhine-Waal University, believes, however, that the pandemic is instructive impetus for the climate crisis to deliver kanProfessor for science communicating.

Corona: Lessons for the climate?

“As a result of the pandemic, the realization of how much better we could be left is maybe,” says von Bubnoff. He refers to experiences he has recently on a trip in the Cambodian capital, Phnom Penh collected. “The people there were enthusiastic about the improved air quality and the low volume of traffic – both one of the pandemic consequences. I think such experiences show the people how we can quickly change the climate if we tackle it collectively. That should give us reason for hope,” says von Bubnoff.

Another example is the analysis of deep habits, which have a negative effect on the CO2 emissions of the seat. “In countries such as Germany, the pandemic, among other things, alternative models, forces us, as many are currently working in the Home Office”, so Bubnoff. “As a result, we must come the old-fashioned but at the same time in Germany, the widespread assumption that to always Work to the office. This is harmful to the climate, because it leads to a lot of commuter traffic.”

Soon back together on the road?

Although the climate protests are for the time being been pushed into the Background, experts believe in the Comeback of the Fridays-For-Future movement. Rucht expecting new protests, once the pandemic is over.

The Greek climate activist Ariadne Papatheodorou hopes that it will not take too long until you can wear the Protest back on the road. “Today, the youth does not save the Old, by protesting outside,” she says, “Tomorrow, then need to save the Old my Generation, by going along with us on the road”.


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