On Tuesday, Chancellor Angela Merkel called for the fight against climate change and called for future generations to be prevented from facing the challenges of the climate crisis on their own.
The Federal President, who regretted that “we are living at the expense of future generations”, the “younger ones”, emphasized that this was the “hard truth”. At the 20th conference of the German Council for Sustainable Development, Merkel warned that the international community runs the risk of not achieving the sustainability goals of the 2030 Agenda.
In 2015, the United Nations formulated the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, which comprises a list of 17 goals such as gender equality, combating hunger and combating the climate crisis.
Merkel has thus pointed out that there are still significant gaps in application. In his view, seven indicators are even moving in the opposite direction; for example energy consumption in freight and passenger transport and carbon dioxide emissions in private consumption.
“Leave nobody behind” is the guiding principle, according to the Chancellor, who points out that the German sustainability strategy wants to leave a good legacy for the generation of tomorrow.
For them, the Climate Protection Act, which the government passed just two weeks after the Constitutional Court’s verdict as insufficient, is to be understood as “a generational contract”.
In March, the federal government adopted a new sustainability strategy that is precisely based on the UN goals. The text contains, among other things, the German contribution to pandemic prevention. The main thing now is to develop new concepts and to gather “the courage for a real transformation”.