Last generation before the tipping points
The plan for summer 2023
We will not allow ourselves to be dissuaded from standing up for life and true democracy, come what may.
Read what you can do for the social turning point in September.
“After me the flood” – exposing the super-rich
In einer ZDFheute discussion With one of our speakers, a super-rich person said when asked about his responsibility in the face of the extinction of the next generations: "After me the deluge. I have no children."
The climate catastrophe doesn't just happen. It is made – primarily by the rich. That's why in the next few weeks we'll be tackling the symbols of modern wealth, drawing national attention to the reckless waste of the rich and making injustice visible.
At the moment the government is still protecting the rich. It allows the richest to produce a thousand times more emissions than the average person. We won't let her get away with this. We must come together as a society to end the fossil fuel age in a socially just manner.
100 for Bavaria
History was made with peaceful resistance not where there was a lot of sympathy, but where there was a lot of rejection. We take our protest to places where repression and clinging to “business as usual” are particularly strong: Bavaria.
We want the government, the courts, the parties (which are then involved in the Bavarian state election campaign) and everyone nationwide to ask themselves the question: Do we want to change political course in order to protect our livelihoods or should we rather lock everyone in prison? alert us?
We have already experienced the power of courageous people who go to Bavaria:
Last November, in response to the almost 30 imprisonments in Munich, there was a massive wave of solidarity from the population, visible in over a thousand people willing to join in and support through donations and letters. What will we trigger if there are three times as many of us this summer?
We are looking for 100 people for Bavaria – one hundred people who will set an example.
They are the springboard for the social tipping point we must achieve this fall.
Are you in?
From September 13th we will all flock to Berlin for the social turning point.
Society rises. We are taking back democracy. The democracy that is forcing itself on us, that is in the starting blocks and is just waiting to be lived. The democracy that has the potential to lead us out of the death spiral:
The Society Council – Look at one Explanation page, Video or FAQ
It will then become clear to the entire country: We will go over the cliff if we don't stand up together. Previously, the question arose: “Why should I give up everything and join in at this moment?” The tide has turned: Nobody can keep their feet still and stay at home. Standing behind the protection of life means standing behind the last generation and that means: Join in now.
Everyone who arrives before September 13th will see what we felt together in Berlin in the spring: “Something is moving there, I have to go there, I can be part of it.” Ready to give everything, we have the strength to make political changes.
The tide is turning! – Take a look Video in which Lea explains where we currently stand.
Integration and mobilization
We return to the over 60 places from which we come in order to take new people by the hand and bring them into the resistance. We create the welcome structures necessary to grow noticeably as a movement.
We have had regional teams since spring. They strengthen our strategy. Now we want to build up local teams that have the tools to bring more people into the cities.
In order to achieve our goals, our focus is on sustainable integration. We continue to invite you to lectures, training sessions and local sit-ins. The focus is on activating new people, who then themselves activate new people, give training and give lectures. This is how we build a snowball system.
In addition, there should also be public events and gatherings where people can easily find points of contact and get to know the movement.
A particularly good opportunity to get started Protest marches! We want to start a protest march on Wednesday afternoons in more and more cities. In Berlin we went on the protest march with over a hundred people, and there were also over 100 people in Vienna, Prague and London - how many other cities reach this threshold?
Until July 14.07th Our interim goal is for protest marches of this size to take place in several cities nationwide.
Denn: From July 15.07th until August 05.08th a “community time” takes place!
During this time we can loosen our grip a little and there will be no structural work, which means that the working groups such as the Presse AG will pause their hard-working, permanent readiness. We want to use the time:
To recharge batteries or to get together with the people in the resistance groups, to strengthen the community and to invite new people to our resistance groups through local meetings.
In the coming months, we want to improve the exchange between the resistance groups through regular, supra-regional meetings. There will also be a collection of knowledge to help build strong resistance groups. This collection will be released on May 28.05th. published.
Integration is not everything, but without integration everything is nothing! Only if we integrate new peopleare successful, we can create a social turning point with many people in September.
To ensure that our plan is successful, we are networking with various social actors. These have influence on their respective groups, can spread our message and increase the pressure on the government. The main goal is for these groups to take action and express their dissatisfaction with the political failure.
This should be done in particular through new forms of protest, which are developed together with the actors. It is not necessary that the actors carry out their protest together with us, the most important thing is that they no longer watch in silence, but rather mobilize their group and start something of their own.
A particular focus is on building strong networks with faith communities, workers and climate justice groups. In consultation with the regional coordinators, resistance groups should take part in the networking work. The prerequisite for taking part in networking discussions is attending networking training courses.
The focus is on these three social groups because they historically have great potential to lead the resistance to success.
Networking with cultural workers, police, celebrities, journalism, agriculture, science and politics is coordinated centrally nationwide. Do you have contacts or want to join in? get in touch here!
Spring 2023 strategy
We are the last generation before the tipping points. No one will stop us as we end the deadly course with all our might. We are the people who believe in humanity, that's why we will win.
We are the 99 percent, which are intended to ensure that a small part of people and nature enrich themselves. But we are nature that defends itself, the people who no longer feel like bowing down to profit and the billionaires, the lobbyists and parties who sell their values for fear of “losing majorities”.
They have known for 30 years and they have decided to abandon civilization. We're taking back the power.
What we aim for I
We are all the last generation before the tipping points
The Last Generation campaign has created momentum over the course of 2022 that we want to build on. The term “climate glue” is the fifth word of the year. “Climate terrorists,” on the other hand, is the bad word of the year. Our plan is working so far. Now we have to use the energy that is emerging and base our future plan on it.
The name is even more clearly linked to its origins – as the “last generation before the tipping points”. The logo and font and color style, as well as the high-visibility vests as a feature, are retained for recognition and can be used more widely. The narrative “We are all the last generation” is intended to make the rounds on social media as a new platform for personal climate concerns. In addition, anyone who sits in any audience and wants to interrupt a panel discussion can see themselves as the “last generation before the tipping points”. This is how a structure can become a movement - even if it still needs the structure - more on that later.
To the government and our demands
Our demands theory has worked so far. We demand immediate security measures, but if these are not taken, the obvious failure becomes clear - we are still waiting for concrete steps, but we see how little serious the federal government really is. 60% of society say the government is not doing enough. Fewer and fewer people can understand how ministers want to seriously argue with a “lack of signs” or “but that only saves 5 million tons”.
With the ruling of the Federal Constitutional Court, the highest German court has set a deadline for the federal government. Improvements must be made by the end of 2022 so that the constitution is not further broken.
The government continues to violate the constitution. Since this rarely comes up in the media, we have to say it.
On the changed situation of the demands
Together we have achieved that containers should now go unpunished. But after a year of last generation, the government is still not doing its job. She is not ready to take even the simplest steps - neither against the destruction of food nor against speeding on the highway. A train ticket for 49 euros will arrive sometime in months - the government doesn't want affordable local transport. Now it is obvious to everyone: This is not a climate government. If we are right on the edge of the cliff and the “progress coalition” wants to take one more step – then it (we all go) goes down the cliff.
As this becomes increasingly clear, it is time to ask the question: How should this continue, dear government? Do what is necessary or free up the space for the citizens! We, the last generation before the tipping points, will place more focus on a demand that does justice to the situation. Our demands so far are just the beginning and if these still do not come and the repression continues to increase, we will make it clear that we are not waiting for the government.
Even a speed limit or a 9 euro ticket are not enough to avert the collapse of our climate. Who hasn't realized this before? Now that the government has shown the entire republic that it is unable to implement even the simplest steps, it is important to continue the momentum and get honest. We need profound change. We need it now and we need it ideally everywhere.
We are therefore calling on the government to convene a society council to decide on the necessary measures. This council is based on the model of a citizens' council, in which people from society come together at random, so that a truly representative assembly of society is created. With this political instrument, the necessary measures can be decided on in a socially acceptable manner.
It is important to us to emphasize that with this call for a divided council we do not want to abolish the free-democratic basic order, but rather strengthen it. We show a way to preserve it and make it sustainable in times of multiple crises through democratic means. That the Society Council has nothing to do with hostility to democracy, was already confirmed by popular, conservative sides in 2019.
In addition, the current government has already agreed to set up randomly drawn citizens' assemblies during this legislative period.
Our current demands will not be abandoned. On the contrary: you finally get the supplement you always needed to avoid being too small. The speed limit and good local public transport can now be implemented after the Citizens' Assembly in 2021 found that it was needed and majorities supported it. What is now needed is a social council that takes the entire country along with it through the media. The increase in demands does not mean that the government is relieved of its responsibility to immediately implement the simplest security measures.
If these are accompanied by a larger vision and are no longer the focus of our media attention, it increases the likelihood that the government will implement the measures because it has to fear less loss of face. We have also seen this with the impunity of containers.
On the Society Council’s question
Each citizen's council drawn by lottery is only as good as its question and its thematic focus. The overall framework must be clear in order to have productive discussions and ultimately make decisions. However, the entire spirit of the Society Council must be geared towards the open exchange of views.
In addition to the open culture that can develop with professional moderation, when it comes to climate reality it is very clear: we have to be realistic. So we should not focus on what is politically convenient, but rather on what is realistically necessary in terms of climate.
We need an orientation towards what is physically necessary.
That's why we demand that the company council must find measures that... Zero emissions in Germany by 2030 that means: 100% renewable energy, carbon-reducing (climate-positive) agriculture and a zero-emission circular economy that can continue in a world with finite resources.
This is the least that is necessary to save us. Whether these demands appear “realistic” from the current social perspective is initially secondary. It makes sense to do everything we can now to ensure that we have a realistic chance of stopping the civilization-destroying climate catastrophe. And it is possible: feasibility study.
Every statement that describes our demand as naive, unrealistic and unrealistic simultaneously reveals that the current political system has no answers to do what is necessary to overcome this crisis.
Just because the government does not see itself in a position to adopt the necessary measures to achieve the goal of zero emissions by 2030, it still has to happen.
Which path to relieve the poor by burdening the rich, which rapid transformation of the economy, the world of work and overconsumption will be chosen must be clarified democratically by the people together at eye level.
As the last generation before the tipping points, we can now break taboos that are still floating around in the debatestern: What about jobs? And: How do we ensure energy security for the basic needs of everyone, not just the rich?
Some steps still need to be taken immediately. As soon as the government finally makes a move, we will show that our pressure has worked. The transport sector in particular shows how disastrously bad things are going.
The fact that we don't have any damn time left and that we need real 2045 goals instead of fancy 2030 goals is shown by reaching tipping points, like the Doomsday Glacier in West Antarctica.
About the media
We have to be clear in language: Enough questions have been asked about the peaceful form of protest and the pros and cons of protest to distract from the actual topic and keep us small. Now it's our turn - those who don't want to give in to extinction. We are turning communication around: the government is failing. She has to explain how she's going to manage this if she doesn't respond to us. Waiting until 2045 to stop 1,5 degrees of warming while simultaneously reaching 1,5 degrees in 2030 is pure denial of reality.
When someone asks us about our peaceful form of protest, we talk about how our protest is peaceful and the government is breaking the constitution. The government's breach of the constitution must be the focus of attention. Not the way this is peacefully protested against.
If the government is unable to discharge its duty under the Constitution, it is up to it to convene a society council. We must also continually emphasize the urgency of the tipping points.
We associate local problems such as the drying up of the Rhine and the flooding in the Ahr Valley with the grand narrative of the government's breach of the constitution. Local examples show the major breach of the constitution!
This does not result in a break in our narrative. Rather, it fits into our history. We are expanding our narrative and our structures. We are not stopping, we are expanding our peaceful protest everywhere.
Everywhere in the republic, our peaceful protest is becoming more and more a social event, as already happened at the Stachus in Munich. We protest peacefully and disrupt everyday life. We want to make the protest more accessible and invite people to protest non-violently in their own way. More and more our peaceful protest will take place in the middle of society, because the realization is seeping through that this protest is not radical, but peaceful and necessary.
Our necessary maxim for action remains: Peaceful disruption is not everything, but without peaceful disruption everything is nothing.
When the first tractors appear in the blockades, the peaceful protest will once again shake up the entire society and give it a choice of how it wants to respond to the government's failure in 2023.
Our thematic frameworks are being adopted more and more. Shortly after a similar tweet from us, the TAZ headlined on December 14, 2022: "Only when the last glue has been removed and the last generation has been completely arrested will you realize that Olaf Scholz and his climate club will not save the world."
What we aim for II
We want to keep growing! Our theory of change is based on several social effects. The “showcase effect” (demonstration effect) determines our theory of mobilization. You see a person sitting on the street who shows you a way to resist. It is just as crucial Pillars of society to move to our side. The logic of the peaceful interruption of everyday life, the effects of outrage, polarization and the acceptance of repression only work with this Headwind effect (backfiring or political jiu jitsu). He creates that Dilemma: Should the government hit it or give in to it? The social tipping point – i.e. herd effects – is also important for change.
History shows: We can get the ball rolling if one... critical mass creates a political drama. If the situation is so charged that a discussion breaks out that takes away the legitimacy of the fossil-fuel growth-oriented model, steps can be taken that point towards a future worth living. A potential for change is emerging that doesn't even seem imaginable now. We have to manage to bring people from a wide variety of groups together and find forms of protest in which everyone can take part. Last year's success was largely due to our efforts internally and externally to live a more inclusive culture. We are still a long way from our ideal, but the better we do, the stronger the movement.
When a society council is drawn and the whole republic talks about it, the spirit of change can no longer be stopped. A reform that can bring about profound change because it starts radically, i.e. at the roots.
We organized over 2022 detentions in 1.250. This is a success.
At the point where there are 2.000 to 5.000 arrests in a short period of time, the police will be overwhelmed to continue making arrests. At this point, a dynamic can begin that reinforces the dilemma: There are only two ways to end the disruption of everyday life: negotiation and political reaction, or repression, i.e. resistance to an increasingly severe degree.
Before 2022, we activated the first 50 people on the streets with 24 lectures, who carried out the first highway blockades on January 24, 2022, a year ago - ready to go to prison.
By April we gave 120 lectures and counted 145 people on the street.
Another 120 lectures brought us over 240 people in Berlin in June.
In the second half of the year we held over 320 lectures. In the months from October we were able to achieve around 750 participation in blockades with almost 400 arrests and dozens of people in prison.
We managed to build connections with the church, trade unions, schools, universities and many other groups whose support took our protest to a new level.
There is the part of our plans that is math. Which revolves around numbers. That's never everything, but without the numbers, all the thoughts of the critical mass are just gibberish.
How we achieve this
On regionalization and localization
We will issue a message on January 24.1.2023th, XNUMX. After a year in which the government does not take the simplest steps and thus abandons the basic law, we call on it to free itself from its powerlessness and to put its trust in a social council.
Instead of one hotspot in Berlin, we will run several campaigns at the same time - in all directions.
We rely on one hybrid model, which also includes momentum-driven organizing (momentum driven organizing) is called. It represents a mixture of long-term planning through NGO structures and huge one-off protests. Our decision-making structure comes from this model and we constantly adjust its balance so that it can serve the higher purpose.
To peaceful protests
Our protest is always and everywhere peaceful. This is the irrefutable consensus of the last generation. When we are attacked, we do not fight back. When we are insulted or ridiculed, we accept it. We do not protest to harm others, but to make the world fairer and more livable for all people.
Our protest represents a peaceful and intensive invitation that is aimed at politics, the media and society - without coercion or blackmail. An invitation to choose humanity in times of existential crisis. An invitation that everyone involved can freely decide whether to accept, because we will bear and accept the consequences of our actions.
We want to protest peacefully in various ways: with protest that is more entry-friendly, with less personal risk and with many people - "entry-level disobedience", such as poster evenings and rides without a ticket, but also disruptive road blockades. There are also peaceful protests where higher levels of repression can be expected. This personal risk is carried out with an awareness of the risk and with good preparation.
However, in all forms of protest there is always a minimum level of disruption.
The influential, peaceful protest in Munich shows that the previously announced and open appearance also generates a broad debate. The peaceful protests become social events. The disorder sometimes takes a back seat to the symbolism or willingness to sacrifice.
It is important that we do not allow ourselves to be deceived in all cities: non-violent disruption, willingness to make sacrifices and intensification of protests are the three ingredients that have always been needed and continue to be needed to win. If you leave one out, you can leave it alone (more on this in Mark Engler, Paul Engler – This Is an Uprising_ How Nonviolent Revolt Is Shaping the Twenty-First Century-Nation Books (2016).pdf or here in German translation of the book: A5-Engler-Das_ist_ein_Aufstand.pdf).
The peaceful protest has not yet been debated locally. We want to exploit this potential. The peaceful protest, which has so far largely taken place in Berlin, should become even more noticeable everywhere in the country by arriving on your own doorstep.
The support of local unions, authorities, churches, farmers, schools, universities, educational institutions and the cultural scene enables more people to join #WirAlleSindDieLetzteGeneration. Each pillar has its own connection to the climate crisis and this needs to be addressed. This gives us the opportunity to mobilize not just individuals, but entire networks.
As usual, our demands are directed at the federal government. That is where the greatest leverage in this country lies to change something. At the same time, we can approach city councilors, mayors, etc. who are often outspoken and invite them to publicly support our demand. In this case, it would be possible to pause the peaceful protest in that city (and move to other cities). This means there is a chance of a domino effect of tipping cities, which increases the pressure from the political base on the federal government and brings us closer to our goal.
Which city, which municipality will be the first to publicly demand the changes necessary to ensure our survival?
Openness and “central-local” structure
If we bureaucratize ourselves and have to ask and tell every little thing, we will dismantle ourselves. Only with a culture of open organizing and even if we are allowed to fail, we will do it. Everything takes place within a framework and fits into a grand narrative. At the same time, the government will prefer that it talks to us rather than there being uncontrollability. In this respect, this provides motivation to talk to us, as we can assure you that we will leave the streets in a disciplined manner if negotiations are successful.
With lots of people behind us, with support for the council, with unbreakable anger and peaceful discipline, we can do it. We must not fall into the trap of understanding localization as “decentralization” in the sense of abolishing central structures. All too often we have ended up talking more about organic waste bins, cycle paths and dead wood biotopes than about joint mobilization. Taking up local issues and connecting the outrage with the larger cause, on the other hand, is very helpful.
To critical mass
In addition to the ongoing protests all over the country, we will continue to come together in Berlin to disrupt everyday life as much as possible. When we are close to a point of critical mass, we will win in the capital. If not, we will return to the cities after a time together and continue our work in the regional hotspots of protest, controversy, disruption, networking and mobilization.
We manage to get two acceptances from people per lecture, one of whom then ends up on the street. When a large gathering in the capital is less than two months away, less willingness is lost. At the same time, the threshold for starting a protest peacefully is lower if the protest takes place in your own city. We have to ensure that people find their way in quickly and easily, are very well trained in peacefulness and have social spaces, regeneration and their determination to stick with it.
An example calculation. So if 200 people offer 10 meetings over a period of time, then we can create 2.000 to 4.000 people, depending on how many we can motivate per meeting. This is how we reach critical mass.
What gives us strength
In addition to a lot of experience, we can also draw an incredible amount of strength from the last year of protests. Our belief in humanity in this society has been strengthened. We could clearly see that the more we had to endure, be it through public hostility, violence on the streets, house searches or longer detentions in Munich, the stronger the public support from the civilian population became. We are more convinced than ever that people can distinguish right from wrong and understand that our protest is peaceful and necessary. We can trust that they will stand up for the just cause at the crucial moment.
It gives us strength that we protest for all people, not just for ourselves. Understanding our protest as a service to the community allows us to have the courage and strength to protest in a way that not everyone likes at first. It gives us the strength to remain peaceful even in the face of hatred and violence and not to demonize our supposed opponents.
We know that, with the global scientific community behind us, we demand sensible action in the face of an existential threat to all of humanity. We accept that the situation is dire. Acting according to objective reality feels meaningful. What more meaningful things could we do with the time we are given?
Even in this reality of crisis, we can build a community in which we find comfort, trust, confidence and joy in life. We can be grateful that we can feel connected and cared for in this community.