Criticism of the Citizens’ Council “Nutrition in Transition”

The question and framework conditions will be
does not do justice to the current emergency

Road blockade on September 29.9th with signs: “Social Council instead of Citizens’ Council” –
(c) Last generation

Berlin, June 29.9.2023, 8, 40:XNUMX a.m – The Citizens’ Council appointed by the Bundestag on the topic of “Nutrition in Transition” begins today. 160 randomly selected people are supposed to develop measures on how we should eat in the future, where the state has a say and where it doesn't. At the same time, supporters of the last generation are gathering again on the streets of the capital and making it clear: the question and framework conditions of the citizens' council do not do justice to the current emergency - we need a social council that meets on the question of how we can reduce the use of fossil raw materials end by 2030 at the latest.

A council with randomly selected citizens could be a step forward for our democracy and lead us out of the crisis. However, the current question is too detailed: the most important issue of our time, the climate catastrophe, is not on the table. 

speaker Marion Fabian asks: “We are about to cross dangerous climate tipping points, and now we only need to address the issue of nutrition? What we need is an exit from fossil fuels as quickly as possible, a comprehensive turnaround. The government has no plan here. The issue we need now is: How do we phase out coal, oil and gas in a socially just manner by 2030?”

But it is not just the question that is worthy of criticism. After the recommendations have been handed over to the Bundestag, no statement from the Bundestag is planned for the Citizens' Council on Changing Nutrition set up by the Bundestag. It is therefore uncertain to what extent the Citizens' Council will have any influence on political decisions. The only plan is to present the results in the form of a citizens' report by February 29, 2024, followed by a plenary debate and a discussion in the responsible committees. 

Simon Lachner, speaker of the Last Generation, wants to know: “How can it be that it is not clear whether the randomly drawn citizens find out what happens to the recommendations they have developed over months? Doesn't the Bundestag owe us a statement? Is this what is meant by co-determination? There is discussion behind closed doors, but no feedback is given publicly. What happens then? In the worst case, false participation occurs and trust in our democracy decreases.” 

Experience also shows that recommendations from past citizens' councils have all too often disappeared quietly into the drawers of politicians and ministries, such as the nationwide citizens' council on “Germany's role in the world” from 2020/21. [1]

Social council instead of citizens’ council

The last generation sticks to its demand for a society council that goes beyond the practice of citizens' councils: the government should publicly promise to introduce the measures developed in a society council as legislative proposals to parliament. In addition, the Society Council should address the question of how Germany can end the use of fossil raw materials in a socially just manner by 2030. It is unacceptable that in the midst of escalating droughts in southern Europe and more than 10.000 deaths after the storms in Libya, the existence-threatening climate catastrophe is not being discussed.

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[1] Citizens' Council of Germany's role: Citizens' Council of Germany's role in the world (