In August 2021, seven young people set up a camp in Berlin's government district. They are on Monday, August 30.08.2021th, XNUMX went on an indefinite hunger strike.

Their demand was - before the federal election - to have a public conversation about the climate emergency with all three candidates for chancellor, Annalena Baerbock, Robert Habeck and Olaf Scholz. In addition, citizens' assemblies should be set up to decide on immediate measures to combat the climate catastrophe.

When a Analysis of the election programs says “The target paths of all parties lead to a significant exceeding of this budget [of the IPCC]. Hence our assessment: Climate justice is not an option.” At the time of August, 2021, what else was left but to sound the alarm as loudly as possible?

In order to bring the climate emergency into focus, the hunger strikers have repeatedly appeared at campaign speeches by the top candidates to confront them with their strike and their demands.

Photos: Timo Knorr

After 20 to 24 days of hunger strike and three hospitalizations, all but two people ended their hunger strike.

Lea Bonasera and Henning Jeschke personally addressed the eventual election winner Olaf Scholz and, after 27 days without food and a 7-hour thirst strike, finally achieved a commitment to a public conversation about the climate emergency.

Photos: partly Stefan Müller