THE FUTURE WATCHES THE POLITICIAN AND THE IPCC
Last week Germany’s Minister for Economic Affairs and Energy (i.e. the most important man in Germany) launched his energy reforms.
His name is Sigmar Gabriel. Yesterday, he spoke at the presentation of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change’s Working Group III report. This is the IPCC’s most recent report, created by thousands of the world’s top scientists, and it tells us that if we do not radically change our energy sources (cut fossil fuels, invest in renewables) right now – today – then our future will be truly fucked.
The IPCC didn’t say truly fucked. But they said that if we don’t start changing our energy mix fast we will see global temperatures rise by 4 degrees.
Sigmar Gabriel was invited to talk about Germany’s leadership on climate change. But sadly – following his energy reforms – Germany can no longer be considered a leader.
Instead, under Gabriel’s influence, the German government is doing exactly what most governments are doing – making it impossible for communities to generate their own renewable energy and instead giving big energy companies the power to do what they want with the energy mix.
And he is making these reforms (that favour cheap corporate-led energy production) at a time when Germany is using more brown coal than they have used for the last 20 years.
So Sigmar Gabriel is not, in fact, a leadership figure for a world threatened by climate change. Rather he is a middle-aged politician who is taking power away from real people and giving it to faceless corporates. We probably shouldn’t be surprised.
As one of the protesters said: “In England politicians are opening up new fossil fuel reserves through fracking. Polish politicians subsidise the coal industry with billions of Euros. And in Germany the Minister for Economic Affairs and Energy relies on cheap and dirty brown coal.”
So, as usual, the politicians are hardly inspiring, but our protesters – now they really are something else!
Instead of letting Sigmar Gabriel boast and lie at the IPCC’s event, eight young protesters infiltrated the presentation and walked to the stage as Gabriel opened his mouth to speak.
Once they had reached the stage they took out blocks of coal and drew The Future’s symbol around their eye. They stood and stared at him, catching his eye repeatedly, throughout his 30-minute speech. Gabriel stumbled over his words, flustered and clearly unsettled. The audience applauded when The Future’s protesters revealed slogans on their t-shirts that read ‘THERE IS NO FUTURE IN COAL’ and ‘THE FUTURE IS RENEWABLE’.
As he finished talking – the eight brave protesters took out their statement and handed it out to the audience. A member of The Future from Berlin even gave a statement to the chair of the IPCC.
They left the conference centre without any trouble from the police. The Future will not shy away from the truth; we will not wait any longer. We must have freedom from corporate control of our energy today, if we have any chance of saving our tomorrow.
We are The Future. Join us.