“That moment when we can look each other in the eye again”

Intro to the interview translated by Google from the original German.

By Dr Beck

If you do not know Luisa Neubauer, here she is! She is an ideological and political leader of the Climate Activist Movement in Germany. She began as a student on strike for Climate Action with Greta. One of her most memorable leadership actions was when the the climate youth were faced with both German police and Neo-Nazis before them, itching to cause trouble, whom the youth outnumbered. Luisa came to the forefront, thought deeply; turned to the youth, her back to the Nazis, and over the loudspeakers said, “Remember Love…why we are here. Remember Love.”

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“It used to be said that organic consumption was a privilege. I would rather say that not being able to live sustainably is an impertinence.” – @Luisamneubauer in the greenhouse gas interview

💌 “We have a very special guest in this first edition after the summer break! She is the most well-known face of the German climate movement, she makes podcasts, writes books and regularly manages to get to the pointers of the powerful in the country. Of course we are talking about Luisa Neubauer.

“Just a few days ago, together with Fridays for Future, they called for a special budget of 100 billion euros. Not for the military, but for the climate. But our interview is not about money. It’s about something much more valuable: utopias.

“Luisa Neubauer in the Treibhauspost interview: why, as an activist, she sees the world with different eyes, what future she wants for 2030 and what Christian Lindner has to do with all of this.

“Hi Luisa. You keep saying that the fight for climate justice will pay off in the end. What do you mean exactly?

“Behind this is a kind of existential question: In which mode and with which attitude can this decade be lived through, in which the crises will continue to roll over?

“The time of singular crises is over. It’s going to be insanely unfair as the crises amplify existing injustices. And it will be unexpected because the crises take strange forms – the pandemic was a very strange kind of crisis. The question is how not to get lost. How not to faint?

And your answer is the fight for Climate justice?

“Yes. We activists take matters into our own hands. We fight back. We understand that solidarity is not something you believe in, but what you do and what you live.

“The fight for climate justice is not a promise that everything will be fine in the end. But it’s a promise that we were in the right place at the right time when we look back. We know we are on the right side of history as much as we can. This certainty is something incredibly valuable in today’s times.

“Climate activism is not only about the attitude to the crises, but also about an attitude to the beauty of this world. We look lovingly at the world and realize how tremendously beautiful it is – and could be – and how much we have to protect.

“This is a powerful alternative to the crisis narratives that overshadow everything else. We counter this with something affirming and luminous. When in doubt, it is worth fighting for every single apple tree that will still bloom next year for us, because this apple tree has value on its own. That shifts the perspective. And it allows us not to let the multitude of crises get us down.

“What would a world look like at the end of this decade in which we would have preserved this beauty as much as possible – your utopia for 2030, so to speak?

“My idea of climate justice is the moment when we can all look each other in the eye again. That’s a huge promise: if we can look people on other continents in the eye and know that their livelihoods won’t perish just because we can’t get coal-fired power plants under control.

“When parents can look their children in the eye and know that they are leaving behind a world worth living in. Or when, as grandchildren, we can look our grandparents in the eye again and realize that we are continuing the fights for justice that they started. That can be an incredible liberation.

“Climate activism is not just about the attitude to the crises, but also about an attitude to the beauty of this world.”
In this utopia, people no longer have to hide and tell themselves all sorts of fairy tales to justify that we have cultivated a way of life that is much less a way of life than a global ruthlessness at any cost.

How would this change our everyday life?

“People could experience a world where rights and freedoms are back where they belong. In which children have no fewer rights than cars. In which you don’t have to teach them how to save themselves from all the SUVs on the way to school, but instead the traffic system protects the children, for example because SUVs are no longer allowed to drive where they endanger children.

“This also makes it possible that I don’t have to see cycling as political resistance, but am welcomed and respected as a person on the road. The 9-euro ticket was also a mini utopia. Suddenly mobility is something liberating…”

Full article in German here => Treibhauspost