Constitutional experts stand behind Last Generation – Basic Law obliges the government to take measures against the climate catastrophe

31.08.203/20/XNUMX - Prof. Dr. Markus Krajewski points out Article XNUMXa of the Basic Law while he stands in the police cauldron together with supporters of the last generation. Photo: (c) Last generation
31.08.203/20/XNUMX - Prof. Dr. Markus Krajewski points out Article XNUMXa of the Basic Law while he stands in the police cauldron together with supporters of the last generation. Photo: (c) Last generation

Munich, September 30.08.2023th, 13, 25:XNUMX p.m – The Basic Law obliges the government to take sufficient measures to prevent a climate catastrophe. For this belief, the supporters of the Last Generation have been risking imprisonment, criminal convictions and detention for a year and a half - as is currently the case in Bavaria. This view has now been officially confirmed by 60 experts in the constitution and international law.

The professors from all over Germany have signed a corresponding open letter, which was published today on the “Constitution blog" has been published. One of the most important German-language platforms for specialist constitutional law topics. 

The signatories include, among others Prof. Dr. Dr. hc mult. Susanne Baer, Appointed as a constitutional judge in Karlsruhe until February 2023, Prof. Dr. Dr. Felix Ekardt and Prof. Dr. Remo Klinger both complainants in the landmark 2021 climate judgment as well Prof. Dr. Anna Katharina Mangold, University of Flensburg Professor of European and International Law at the University of Flensburg.

Prof. Dr. Markus Krajewski, holder of the Chair of Public Law and International Law at the University of Nuremberg, is one of the initiators of the letter. Today he took part in a rally at the Victory Gate in Munich together with scientists from other disciplines and supporters. 

Photo: (c) Jonas Ertle
Photo: (c) Jonas Ertle

"The 'Last Generation' is right when it says that the federal government is obliged by the constitution to take climate protection measures. To do this, it would have to adopt an adequate climate protection program with effective measures to further reduce greenhouse gas emissions. If it doesn't do this, it would mean: the federal government is breaking the constitution.“, he summarizes the constitutional situation.

During the course of this rally, sit-ins arose at the Siegestor. The supporters of the last generation are simply no longer prepared to watch the federal government violate its duty to protect the climate, which has now been confirmed by constitutional experts. In addition to their usual banners, they held bound versions of the Basic Law in their hands.

Photo: (c) Jonas Ertle

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