Berlin bridge concreted over – real climate protection instead of motorway expansion

Concrete on the Berlin Mühlendamm Bridge | Photo: (c) Jonas
February 15.02.2023, XNUMX - Concrete on the Berlin Mühlendamm Bridge
Photo: (c) Jonas

Berlin, June 15.02.2023, 8, 45:XNUMX a.m – Supporters of the last generation are standing in the way of the course to climate hell in Berlin today and are blocking the Mühlendamm Bridge. The focus is on the German federal government's misguided transport policy. While some citizens sit on the street in high-visibility vests and stick them together, others pour concrete onto the road and thus use it for a more useful purpose than the construction of new, climate-damaging highways. At the same time, the lane is blocked by a van with a dedicated person stuck to the roof.

Miriam Meyer (30) pours concrete on the road today and explains this as follows: “Our FDP ministers Lindner and Wissing are committed to more motorways to reduce CO2. We don't think so. Today we use concrete really sensibly and interrupt the deadly everyday life!”

Miriam Meyer | Photo: (c) Marlene Charlotte Limburg
Miriam Meyer
Photo: (c) Marlene Charlotte Limburg

While the FDP repeatedly speaks out against a speed limit, which is both desired by a majority of the population and would save a large amount of emissions, it advocates the expansion of motorways. In doing so, she also encourages the CDU, which wants to build a 'climate highway' in Berlin. Prominent faces of the parties claim Climate protection is achieved through the expansion of the motorway.

Lina Schinkothe (21) explains before she climbs onto the transporter and sticks herself onto it: “It cannot be the case that politicians can get away with such absurd claims. They are playing poker for the goodwill of the fossil and car lobby and are gambling away our survival in the process. The course towards collapse has not yet been cemented. We now need a social council that creates paths to a future worth living.”

Lina Schinkothe
Photo: (c) Marlene Charlotte Limburg

Numerous studies refute Christian Lindner's claim that more motorways would lead to fewer traffic jams. The construction and expansion of roads increases demand, which ultimately counteracts climate protection. Instead, the expansion of affordable public transport would be demonstrably effective. Mobility researcher Andreas Knie summed it up in a Spiegel interview: “Continuing to expand roads doesn’t help anyone, including drivers.”

As the last generation before the tipping points, we are currently protesting across Germany for the introduction of a social council on the question of how Germany can achieve zero emissions by 2030. The climate collapse of our societies can only be prevented with drastic measures. These should be developed by citizens for citizens.

More peaceful traffic blockades took place in several cities today. Overall, there have been similar protests since February 06.02.2023, 20, blockades in over XNUMX German cities.

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