People, it’s, serious it’s the 11th hour. Our planet is threatening to burn up 100 years of growth gone for decades. Scientists have been warning of the dangers of climate change with very little response.
The worst case scenario has come to pass. We’re burning fossil fuels at an alarming pace. How guilty do you feel from a scale of 0 to 10 zero, and we don’t want to miss out on our holidays away either.
I want to be honest: I’m, not ashamed. I’m, looking forward to my avocation. What’s wrong with us? Why aren’t we willing to protect our climate. We can’t keep on like this [ Music ]. It’s a Friday afternoon, and I’ve, come to Hamburg, where climate activists are ramping up their protests.
I want to know how far people will go in their fight to stop climate change. I’ve, been invited by tino the guy riding a telephone number on his belly. It’s. The number of a legal advice center in case he gets arrested Tina what’s.
The plan for today we want to draw attention to what’s, going on, show people a bit of what’s happening on our planet. Right now to highlight the climate crisis, I’m, not sure what’s going to happen, but I’m looking forward to it.
I’m sure we’ll blockade, a few things and cause some disruption here in Hamburg today, Tino and the other activists decide to block this street. They move fast before the police can stop them. The activists have taken over the road.
They’re part of the extinction, rebellion, movement or XR. For short, their goal is to stop what they see as the potential extinction of the human race. [ Applause ] some call XR the radical sister of the Friday’s for future school protest movement.
Civil disobedience without violence is their guiding principle, but the authorities are not impressed. The police tell the protesters that the demonstration is unauthorized there to clear the road and move to the sidewalk.
The relaxed sit-in is soon broken up, but Tino and a few others remain seated. They know fully well, they could get arrested and in a way that’s exactly what they want. Would you go to jail for this? Yes? Why? Because I think we & # 39.
Ll get more publicity and people will think about why someone who’s protesting against climate change would suffer violence or even be jailed. Why do you think it’s necessary to block the road? Because the climate crisis is already here? It’s, not just climate change.
The crisis is already making itself felt. This was touted as a relatively big demo, but there were maybe 200 people sitting in the road they held up the traffic for an hour. I don’t know whether that’s, going to make people jump up from their couches and say I need to do something about climate change.
It certainly wasn’t anything revolutionary here today, but is a climate revolution. What we need anyway, Germany seems pretty divided on this question. I’m going to meet a man who has long said things can’t continue as they are.
Professor andreas Ashleigh & # 39. S gives climate lectures like this one on YouTube, a climate scientist. He’s, calculated what we need to do to avert the impending disaster. What would you say about climate change? Is it 5 to 12 or more like 5 past 12, or is the entire clock broken already in terms of the Earth’s system and nature? I think it’s, one minute to 12, so we could still make it.
The necessary climate goals could still be achieved. But when I look at society I’m, not so sure it’s more. Like half past 12, we have bigger homes, we’re heating, more have higher living standards, taking more flights and that totally cancels out all the feel-good things we’ve done.
If we continue like this, a further rise in sea levels would be one consequence. People here along Germany’s. Baltic Sea coast, wouldn’t, be the only ones to lose their homes, but we’ve known all this for ages, and still we can’t get our act together in Germany, as elsewhere.
I see is that we actually feel quite good about ourselves. We think we’re doing a lot already. We have our solar panels on the roof and our green energy. As a nation, we’re planning to transition to renewables, which is costing a lot of money.
Yes, the highest electricity prices in Europe, and we have done a lot as the politicians like to point out. But then people are lulled into a false sense of security. Ashley says Germany needs to reduce its carbon emissions by five percent each year.
For the past decade, the country has managed only around 1 % a year, but why are we not panicking at least a bit? I think we have a built-in optimism. We each think it won’t affect me and the problem with co2, of course, is you can’t see it.
You can’t, taste it or smell it. When there are other problems like with household waste, for example, we introduced restrictions on that and on effluent and sewage they stink. We all understand they’re, not good, but with co2 that’s, not the case.
What’s? Yours Vik, but that’s, something we can change with this camera. It costs ninety thousand euros. What can it do? It can film co2. It does look a bit gross the way it’s coming out of the exhaust pipe, but can images like these change? Our perception I show them to passengers at Tegel Airport in Berlin, like it’s, burning right, Bela’s.
Agha and Henrik have come from Copenhagen for a short visit to Berlin. Would they do without things to help stop climate change? Would you be okay with not going to holidays far away because of the climate change? Would you be are not buying as much as you do? I will die one day and I once experienced the world yeah.
I used someone when you enter a plane that you’re ashamed by being like using it because of all the pollution. I’m, not ashamed. I’m. Not I want to be honest. I’m, not ashamed. I’m. Looking forward to my vacation, I’m thinking.
Oh I’m going to my vacation. I’m away from stress and bad things, and I want to go there and have nice vacations so yeah that’s. What all people think all right! I don’t wan na lie, but no that’s. Fine, so the camera didn’t exactly have the desired effect.
But what can I say I’m no different, even though I ought to know better. I’m off on holiday myself, now inclined to Corsica. Yes, I’m flying my family and I could have taken the car which wouldn & # 39.
T have been quite so bad for the environment, but I’m flying because of this film. I just don’t have the time for a long journey, since I have to get this report finished. In other words, I also have my own excuses as to why I’m abusing the environment and that’s.
A problem. If we can’t be trusted to do the right thing. Do we need legislation instead? To be honest, I’d, quite like the state to give me a little less freedom when it comes to protecting the climate, then maybe I’d.
Take the train more often like Anika Vizzini. She’s. A member of the European Parliament for the Green Party. Her constituency is in eastern Germany. How often do you take a flight to Brussels or strain if I can like today, and usually it works, but it’s.
A long way from Berlin, Dresden or Chemnitz to Brussels and Strasbourg 7 to 9 hours on the train. Sometimes I have to fly because I have an important meeting in the morning and there’s. No other way. One of the Green Party leaders, Robin pabich, was photographed at the airport where he was taking a flight and people wrote.
Oh, the Greens, don’t practice what they preach. How do you deal with accusations like that? Put it again or you? I think it’s, something of a distraction tactic adopted by opponents of the greens. So they can say your arguments on the climate.
Aren’t valid because you don’t abide by the rules yourself and it’s important to expose that. But obviously politicians also need to limit their carbon footprint as much as possible. It’s. Dt MA should leave, should everyone just be free to do what they want to do, or do we need restrictions? How do the green see it wouldn’t? It be a good idea to ban all short-haul flights.
I think people tend to have quite a knee-jerk reaction when you ban things, but they also react strongly to anything that affects their pocketbook. So we just need to make flying more expensive to reflect the true price, because flying is massively subsidized and trains need to be made a lot more attractive.
But surely the only reason, the greens don’t just call for a ban on all short-haul flights is because they’re, afraid of being punished at the ballot box. What’s? The reason? Because we think there are more effective methods and bands are very effective, but we’d.
First have to get it through Parliament, we need to find a majority. I think you do need to be accepting to a certain extent both towards your coalition partner and government, but also towards the general public.
Otherwise, people just get angry with you. I get it. The Greens, don’t, want to be seen as the party that’s anti everything again. This tactic probably gets them support for their initiatives, but is it really the way to stop climate change, no says Tino and the other activists from extinction rebellion? They’re calling for net zero carbon emissions by 2025 and to help hammer home their message.
They’re, already planning their next move. In Hamburg, they’re, going to stage a symbolic funeral. Everyone’s dressed in black for the occasion, except for one. So now everyone meet in your teams. Sorry, a quick question: I don’t have any black pants with me yeah I’m.
Sorry minor back in Berlin, thirty-five-year-old Tino is travelling quite a lot at the moment. Campaigning for the environment has been a full-time job for him over the past six months, all unpaid, of course, that’s, in addition to being a student and the father of two children, so things are pretty tight financially, so tight, buchumi, [, __ ] In the studio at the moment, I’m, getting a student loan and I am studying.
I hope I can continue to do that. Otherwise, yes, it’s, not easy. I had to give up my job as I couldn’t really do it properly right now there are various individuals who buy train tickets for me sometimes or help me out at the end of the month.
If they see things are tight, the funeral march gets underway. The mourners for the climate are heading towards the Elbe River extinction. Rebellion is looking to provoke an emotional response to convey a sense of urgency.
For me, it feels more like a school play, not the emotional impact they’re. Looking for the group want to target the Hamburg cruise days, it’s, a maritime festival celebrating the big cruise liners that dock in Hamburg, the ships are big time: polluters that’s.
Why extinction rebellion is here Tino and a few of the others have a special task here today. The contents of their buckets will provide an extra portion of pathos. They want it to be graphic so that the message comes across.
I stand here before the blood of children, Jordan, like me, and, to be honest, seeing it makes me feel afraid I’m afraid of a future that, without immediate action, will be destroyed by the climate crisis.
What amazes me is that many of those attending the cruise days, aren’t at all, opposed to the demonstration. I think it’s very good. I think that we need a lot more of this in our lives. People need to get the message we just can’t keep on like this.
There’s been a lot of questions about whether xr — supports the democratic system. The leading voices in the movement don’t believe politicians are capable of addressing climate change. Tino agrees. What about the government? Lots of people say it’s up to the politicians to do something, but you don’t think they’re up to it.
No, they’re. Not we can see that they’re, not getting the job done obscene I don’t know if they’re capable of it and if, for whatever reason, the politicians are taking the necessary actions or able to take them.
We need a new form of legitimization sounds like calling for a revolution. Revolution would mean we’re, looking to topple someone in power that’s. What it sounds like when you say democracies, aren’t up to the task.
Maybe they just need a bit of a push that push according to extinction. Rebellion is a national citizen’s assembly, a group of randomly selected citizens who are representative of the population with expert advice.
These citizens would prescribe legally binding measures for the government to implement. I’m, not sure if that’s a democratically legitimate process, [ Music ], I’ve, come to a rally sponsored by Germany’s.
Automobile Club, the ADAC, while one part of the country, dreams of car Free Cities here drivers hit the gas as much as possible. I’m going to accompany Tim. He’s, been competing in rallies for two years now and is converted.
Bmw e36 Tim drives over roads and fields here in this rural part of central Germany, it’s difficult to get by without your own transport. What’s, your car mean to you? Is it close to your heart? Is it your baby or just a car meant as much to me as a baby, then Ronnie driving would definitely be the wrong sport.
For me, I always say you, don’t, give a name to a pig you plan to slaughter wow. I’m sitting on the road Tim just can’t understand the whole debate over cars. Okay, if you live in the city, you have a good network of public transports.
So you don’t need a car, but we don’t live in the city and there I think the whole debate is just silly to be honest and when I see people at the IAA Motor Show jumpy on cars and holding Up hate posters, I think, have they lost it guilty.
Do you feel some scale from 0 to 10 zero [ Laughter ]? Personally, I don’t own a car, but then I live in Berlin. So I don’t need one, but that doesn’t mean that I don’t think this is awesome. [, Music ]! I’m, not bad for 140 horsepower [ Music ], I’ve got goosebumps here at the rally.
The concerns of the climate activists feel like a world away and Tim is doubtful that the extinction rebellion protests will change that. I don’t know what these people are thinking when they sit down in the middle of the road.
They’re lucky that drivers stopped for them and they think that’s. The way to change car drivers Minds lucky the drivers, don’t, get out of the car and punish them. I’ve, been out with activists that oppose automobiles and they always chant that they’re doing this.
For your children, so they’re protesting against cars, for the benefit of your children, become a dad myself without a car. I’d, have to go everywhere with my child on foot or by bike. What good would that do? If anything goes wrong, I need a car to get my child to the hospital fast.
The thought of more speed limits or a ban on gas guzzlers isn’t popular here either Tim believes the debate over climate change could divide German society and the same way it was divided a few years ago when the country was split over the Arrival of large numbers of migrants and refugees established by it’s me, I think, as soon as we feel that our freedom is being curtailed, you could have masses of people coming out against it.
I really think that this whole climate debate with Greta tune Berg and Fridays for future etc, could split the nation. Could Germany see something similar to the yellow vest movement and France raising gas prices? They’re, led to months of violent protests.
So far it doesn’t, look like it’s going that way in Germany. As far as I can see, and here at the rally I’m – the only one wearing a yellow vest, let’s, see if it stays that way. [, Music, ], [, Music, ], but the fear of public anger is preventing German politicians from taking action, says climate scientist on Tobias Ashley’s.
He points to climate engineering as one example. It’s very controversial in Germany. Climate engineering involves measures such as actively capturing co2 from the atmosphere and storing it in underground rock formations.
For example, Ashley’s believes we’ll have to resort to such measures. Scientists. We feel uneasy about the whole idea of climate engineering. As it involves major interventions in nature – and it will be arrogant to think that technology alone could solve this problem, but we see no other way of achieving our climate objectives.
We can’t reduce emissions enough, we still want to eat certain foods. Have industrial agriculture fly so we need to come up with something else. This site near the eastern town of ket scene saw Germany’s, only major experiment and climate engineering.
To date, co2 was injected into the ground. Here the experiment was successful and completed without incident. Since then, no major experiments have been authorized in Germany because of repeated public protests.
The government needs to make it clear that we can’t just do nothing there’s, no solution where everyone’s, a winner. Whatever we do, there will be losers whenever we change something, someone will be unhappy.
We need to make clear that doing nothing is not an option to the flight. I come to a small town on the border between the states of HESA and Thuringia. This is what ashley & # 39. S means when he talks about winners and losers.
A new power line called the sued link is due to pass right by this town. It’s supposed to take wind generated energy from northern Germany to the industry, rich South cattle breeder, toastin mula and many of his neighbors opposed the plan.
They don’t want ground in the area to be dug up and trees cut down, to make way for the underground power line. It’s. You know the politicians in Berlin and many other cities say we all have our part to do and make sacrifices to ensure we can transition to renewables.
We installed 100 kilowatt solar systems working with a biogas plant. A lot of experts say we don’t need this power line, it won’t, be clean energy and we should have a decentralized power supply. Instead, there are ways around it.
You just need the political will and I think that’s. What’s missing, so we opposed Eden’s activist gave people. How angry are you about? What’s being planned in Berlin right now? A number of citizens initiatives have organized a bike tour along the planned route of the suit linked to protest against it.
But if Germany is really going to move to renewables, such power lines will be needed, at least that’s. According to the government and many experts and environmental groups, the politicians aren’t convincing the public of the need for these things.
In fact, sometimes they’re part of the protests themselves, Christina Lee Botts POW is a member of the state parliament and in Angela Merkel’s. Cdu party, the same party that’s, been the driving force behind suit link.
I support this citizen’s initiative wholeheartedly. I had something similar where I live. That also had to do with the switch to renewables. They wanted to build a hydroelectric storage plant in a place of stunning natural beauty.
It’s just not on. We need to preserve our landscape. We’re, only tenants here on earth and we want to pass it on to our children and grandchildren in good condition. But isn’t that the whole reason why we need to transfer to renewables and have new power lines for wind energy.
It’s so that our children and grandchildren will be able to continue living on this earth right. The question remains: what direction will we take radical measures to combat climate change or business as usual, these two worlds clash at the IAA Motor Show in Frankfurt.
The car lovers interested in the latest models, on the one hand, on the other hundreds of activists who’ve, come to blockade the show for a day. Tino is once again part of the group. The protesters are soon in position and in good voice, but this time Tino’s, not getting involved in the sit-in.
He finds this too confrontational. I’m. Not into this. We hate SUV’s thing. If you’re going to say that, then you need to say we hate cars. I think we all need to get together and look at our lifestyle and not just the SUV drivers, but isn’t this more radical approach.
Actually, what’s needed SUVs and cars are all bad get rid of them all. Does the softer let’s? Talk about it, approach really get results. This here at least provokes a response. Yes, it provokes a response, and sometimes I wonder whether the softer let’s, talk about an approach, as you say, will allow us to make the change in the time we have left like in the next two or three years, but I think it’s difficult to say that it needs to be more radical and stronger, because then people stop listening.
If someone’s, just hurling abuse at me, I feel angry too, and don’t, listen to them. I believe in public debate. Certainly the public here is not being won over. You said you saw nothing. You’re, a disgrace anything to draw attention.
At the end. A man is left lying on the ground he had tried to get through the blockade. We are completely against violence, and everyone here supports that consensus in all that we do, but not everyone interprets it that way.
Some of them are really violent. I’m sympathetic to their arguments, but there’s, no excuse for violence. That guy was just pushed aside and he landed hard on the ground. There’s, no excuse for them where they complaining there’s.
Electric cars in there too, we’re already doing everything against climate change to differentiate, but we certainly don’t need this. It’s too violent one thing’s clear. We can only combat climate change if we work together.
[ Applause ] be honest. How hopeful are you that we can turn all this around and that your daughter will inherit a world that’s worth living in II? Need to say something: Zack, you’re, not going to say anything.
I suppose that’s, an answer in itself. I think I’m with T. No, we need politicians who don’t just take the path of least resistance, but communicate and explain and, if necessary, make unpopular decisions.
It’s. This kind of leadership that we’re lacking. I think public opinion on climate change, isn’t actually that divided in Germany. Many of the car lovers that I spoke to in Frankfurt also said. We need to take action.
We managed to agree to face out nuclear power in Germany, but that came after the meltdown in the Fukushima power plant. Do we want to wait for a climate meltdown before we take more radical action and we breathe?