Climate protection should be the key topic of the German G7 presidency, and Chancellor Olaf Scholz even wanted to set up a climate club for the major western industrial nations. Then Russia attacked Ukraine and everything was different.
Whether the G7 summit in Elmau, Bavaria, nevertheless brings good decisions for climate protection, how credible announcements about CO2 reduction targets or the traffic turnaround are, and whether the Russian war has now triggered a boost in renewables or a fossil vicious circle, that is what this issue is all about Indicator episode, among other things with Guntram Wolffdirector of the Brussels think tank Bruegel.
Guntram Wolff also explains why it is in the industrialized countries’ own interest to finally pay the poor countries, especially in the Global South, the 100 billion dollars a year that have been promised for adaptation and climate protection for years. Wolff calls it “disappointing” that this has not happened so far.
Vanessa Nakate should agree with him. The 25-year-old Ugandan is the most famous face of “Fridays for Future” in Africa. She strongly reproaches Olaf Scholz for his plans to involve Germany in natural gas production in Senegal. Such a decision would be “misguided and selfish,” she says. For climate protection reasons, and because experience has shown that such projects do not bring prosperity to the local people, but instead bring with them further problems.
With such a step, Germany would also violate an agreement made at the Glasgow World Climate Conference last fall that it would no longer invest in fossil energy projects in other countries. That is why environmental organizations are also alarmed about what will be decided at the summit.
Susanne Ehlerding from the Tagesspiegel Background Energy and Climate also knows where there is still a crunch in international climate policy, what China has to do with it and how important certain decisions of the G7 summit will be for the next world climate conference in autumn.
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