The climate protection plans drawn up in full employment will not last. The Chancellor is currently even more worried.
Angela Merkel once again gave the climate chancellor for a day. At the Petersberg Climate Dialogue , she asked by video to keep a close eye on the climate targets. But of course everyone knows that the topic has slipped far behind on the Chancellor's list of priorities.
First, the corona pandemic needs to be contained. Then the economy is facing the greatest recession - probably ever. And finally, it is only at first glance things as small as school openings and the revitalization of social and cultural life. Even the biggest loners are currently realizing that they are not hermits.
The virologists have long since outclassed the climate researchers. You can hardly hear anything from Greta. Her claim that the youth was stolen from her can be transferred to the pandemic.
Fate could now lead millions of children. This time, however, it is not about a single Swedish teenager who is on the sabbatical, but about millions of children who do not want to lose touch in homeschooling.
It is hard to imagine that in this historic economic downturn, companies will be burdened further. Those who continue to demand pricing of CO2 emissions will intensify the recession and torpedo the planned stimulus package. The shutdown gives us an impression of what deindustrialization means. The aim now is to prevent mass unemployment and not to make the social explosives even bigger.
Cynics and some climate researchers can certainly benefit from the pandemic. The short-term climate goals are achieved. But at what price! The Chancellor knows all of this. You also no longer have to collect the targets. But at some point she has to explain that the climate protection plans drawn up during full employment no longer exist.
Translation from German to English assisted using Google Translate