Frustrated by lockdowns and restrictions, Germany’s youth may be showing signs of rebellion as a comprehensive European Investment Bank generational survey shows “climate protection aspect does not seem to have the high priority among young people.”
Fading climate crisis: Germany’s younger generation may be rejecting calls to austerity, turning their backs on climate activists, major survey finds. Image cropped here.
Journalists Daniel Wetzel and Karsten Seibel at German online flagship daily Die Welt here report on today’s German youth and how they in fact do not view the climate issue at all like Fridays for Future activists Greta Thunberg (Sweden) and Luisa Neubauer.
The media and activists like giving the impression that the younger generation of Germans today are acutely concerned about climate and that the older generation is indifferent about it.
In fact the older generation is considered by some as being so irresponsible that “there are now calls in the commentary columns of daily newspapers such as the ‘TAZ’ to take away the right to vote from ‘old people’ and let children vote instead,” Wetzel and Seibel write.
Others have even suggested killing the old generation with Corona if they don’t clean up their climate act.
German youth not willing to forego amenities
But the results of the major climate survey of the European Investment Bank (EIB) don’t suggest this sort of generational difference. For example when it comes to products with the highest greenhouse gas emissions, such as short-haul domestic flights, 47 percent of respondents over 65 could imagine an emissions ban from such products, but only 27 percent of 15- to 29-year-olds could.
Obviously today’s German youth are not being swayed by Greta Thunberg’s doomsday prophecies.
Climate protection low priority
Wetzel and Seibel observe that “the climate protection aspect does not seem to have the high priority among young people that the TV pictures of demonstrating ‘Fridays for Future’ children suggest”.
Only 26% say we should use less fossil fuels!
Shockingly, “Only 26 percent of young people believe that we should use less fossil energy, primarily for climate protection reasons,” the two Die Welt journalists reveal. “Young people up to the age of 29 are not so keen on being banned from speeding on the motorway either: Only 12 percent would agree to a speed limit – in the over-65 age group, the figure is 26 percent.”
Another striking result: “Only 20 percent of Germans under age 30 are in favor of subsidizing electric cars” and a puny “22 percent in this age group would give priority to technology in climate protection.”
This compares to about 35% in China and the USA.
Only 15% prepared to “radically change behavior”
Moreover only 15 percent of Germany’s youth were prepared to radically change their personal behavior to fit in with the Paris climate goals,” write Wetzel and Seibert. 42%, however, do agree that behavioral change is necessary.
The European Investment Bank survey sampled 30,000 people in 30 countries in the fall of 2020.
12 responses to “Major Survey Shocks: German Youth Rejecting Need For Radical Behavior Change To Fight ‘Climate Crisis’”
I would like to tell Greta to get a life and stop worrying about burning to death.
She,like a lot of others are not looking at long enough time frames.
It has been both a lot hotter and colder in the past.
Aside from that it is a lot easier to live in warm/hot climate than a cold one.
I appreciate very much the contribution of this website to unbiased and analytical discussions about the so called “climate change”. I want to point out that I’ve been interested in environmental and climatic issues since late 50s – a long time before this website was established. I can’t write a more ample text here in the commentaries space however I can write a summary of my opinions: the Agenda 21 is indeed a plan for establishing a sustainable human civilization however I don’t agree with this plan of the elites of simply culling in a relatively short period of time 90% of world human population because the solar, wind, water and plant oils derived energy can only support about 500 – 700 millions of human beings on the planet existing comfortably.
She has a huge following – on Friday truancy. There is nothing like a long weekend.
When more and more Germans find themselves freezing in the dark and paying exorbitant rates for the privilege, fewer and fewer will be concerned with “climate protection.”
It doesn’t help that everyone can see how the elite clowns spewing this nonsense are all living very high lifestyles while telling everyone else that they have to shiver in tiny basement apartments and ride the bus.
Younger folk frequently resent the fact that they’re usually less-well-off than older folks. In this case, it’s so arrogant and “I got mine, too bad about you” that you really have to wonder how the elite toffs can be so tone-deaf.
“Others have even suggested killing the old generation with Corona if they don’t clean up their climate act.”
Some of my more creative family members call this virus the “boomer remover”.
Hmm, Germans think they can solve their problems by mass extermination of people they don’t like?
If some of the younger folks in DE are thinking that way, maybe someone should take them aside and remind them what happened the last time that Germans, taking a queue from the Russians, put that plan into action…
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Greta is not looking at a lifetime of unemployment or earning less that their parents did , a life of poer standards of living, they are becoming climate woke, woke to the fact that green policies make them poor .
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