Hamburg, November 23.11.2022rd, 20, 10:XNUMX p.m - This evening two supporters of the Last Generation interrupted a concert by the Saxon Staatskapelle in the Great Hall of the Hamburg Elbphilharmonie. Even before the first notes of Beethoven's Violin Concerto sounded, they climbed onto the stage wearing safety vests and clung to the conductor's stand.
The two addressed the concertgoers in an emotional speech from the stage: “I am standing here today because we are collectively suppressing the climate catastrophe and thereby depriving our children of a life of security and peace! Just as there is only one Beethoven violin concerto, we only have this one planet whose boundaries we disregard so much that Climate-related disasters will become more frequent and deadly. "
At the end they appealed to those around them: “We must all take action now and resist the criminal behavior of our rulers!
There will no longer be an Elbphilharmonie to enjoy Beethoven if Hamburg is under water. The crisis is escalating right now, before our eyes!”
The scientific forecasts become bleaker with every year that passes without effective protective measures being implemented. Sea levels are expected to rise by almost one meter by the end of the century. This increase, in combination with regular storm surges, not only threatens Hamburg and other coastal cities in the global north, but also millions of lives worldwide. The incredible suffering, which the government can still noticeably limit through decisive action, will put our society to a tough, probably unbearable test. That is why the Last Generation is now immediately calling for the first security measures in the fight against climate collapse.
In einer Expression of solidarity with the last generation, which has already been signed by over 300 artists, numerous well-known actors, directors, composers and many more explain: “As artists, we are traditionally proud of taking a stance and being political.[…] The impending collapse not least endangers our democracy and thus the free social order that we as artists need for our work.”
Like the last generation, they ask the question: “What is more extreme than a society that does not stop destroying its own future and the livelihoods of future generations? What is more inconsiderate than a federal government that refuses to implement the simplest climate protection measures such as a speed limit?”
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