German Chancellor Backs “Climate Change” Student Strikes

German Chancellor Angela Merkel, top candidate of the Christian Democratic Union Party (CDU) for the upcoming general elections, gestures as she speaks during an election rally in Regensburg, Germany, September 18, 2017. REUTERS/Michael Dalder

Guest essay by Eric Worrall

German Chancellor Angela Merkel has appeared to voice support for German students abandoning their lessons and attending climate change demonstrations.

Climate change: Angela Merkel welcomes school strikes


2 March 2019

German Chancellor Angela Merkel has said she supports school students’ protests about climate change.


It appears to contradict some education officials, who have criticised participants for skipping school and threatened them with exclusion.

What did Merkel say?


In a video released on her official website, Angela Merkel said protecting the climate was a “challenge that people can only tackle together” (in German).

Asked about the Friday school strikes, which in Germany have been dubbed “Fridays for Future”, Ms Merkel said the country’s climate goals could only be reached with the support of wider society.


“So I very much welcome that young people, school students, demonstrate and tell us to do something fast about climate change,” she said.


“I think it is a very good initiative,” she added, without making reference to the fact that they were protesting during school hours.

Read more: https://www.bbc.com/news/world-europe-47427788

What can I say – maybe German education standards are a thing of the past.

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90 thoughts on “German Chancellor Backs “Climate Change” Student Strikes

    • Unless she has a Moroccan advisor she has no hope. Morocco is the world’s centre of climate change. They fly direct to Washington DC on private jets to advise the Democrats.

    • There is a method to Angela and all these politicians madness. These Students will be out demonstrating and advocating for more power to their government leaders in order to control the citizenry for the purpose of saving them from hobgoblins. As a side benefit, skipping school only serves to dumb them down further so they become easier dupes for the Government to control. Win Win.

      • Like she did using the ‘refugee’ crisis. Angela is not an angel but a demon. Divide and conquer

  1. Sounds to me like Merkel is equivocating . She used to be gung-ho for the climate change agenda.

  2. It has nothing to do with climate change, but everything to do with the cost of energy and economic competitiveness. Push the climate change, anti carbon dioxide theme to make everyone use expensive alternatives, thus leveling the playing field, and taking away the comparative advantages of, say the US, with their abundant and cheap fossil fuels.

    • Agreed. I suspect that quite a few people in Germany and elsewhere were sold the idea because they were convinced that everybody will have to go down the same route of windmills and solar panels. So the country that does it first will have the advantage as their industries clean up producing and supplying the green technologies before competitors.

      We’ve seen other examples of “crony-capitalism” at work when companies like Philips are quite happy to see traditional incandescent light bulbs banned in the EU, allowing them to sell expensive replacement technologies into the mandated marketplace. The EU is now enforcing a reduction in the maximum power of the electric motors in vacuum cleaners (Yes. Really.), to save the planet or something. It probably also conveniently puts the cheep-and-cheerful Chinese products at a relative disadvantage.

      The green horse is being ridden hard by many corporations in Europe, aided and abetted by some shameless politicians with their snouts in th trough.

      • The EU has already restricted vacuum cleaners to 900W most were previously 1900-2100W so its going to take a lot longer to clean up and the saving will be largely consumed by the extra effort & time – idiotic. Expect similar idiocy with kettles, stoves, hot water heaters etc. I predict a future criminal black-market supply of powerful domestic appliances – followed by the “appliance police” WTF are we thinking ?
        You may have noticed that manufacturers such as Karcher & Nilfisk now have a range of “industrial” vacuum cleaners being sold through retail outlets to the general public – clearly intended to work around these restrictions – so what will the lawmakers response be ? Outlaw the use of “industrial” equipment at home – the appliance police ? Maybe you should go to prison for it hmmm……..
        The EU yanked its proposed legislation on toasters and kettles prior to the Brexit referendum but I’m guessing it will go back – a 500W kettle takes twice as long as a 1000W kettle to boil a given quantity of water – the power used remains exactly the same (in fact the losses over the longer warming period make it less efficient – the whole idea is nonsense.)
        There is a ton of similar idiotic legislation in the pipeline for washing machines, dishwashers, electric motors.
        All dreamed up by bureaucrats who haven’t a clue how things work.

        • Ken Irwin

          You’ll probably find there’s as EU accountant somewhere in Brussels who has done his spreadsheet and figured that if every electrical appliance draws less power then yes……we can power the world with wind turbines.

          Unfortunately he’s no concept of engineering, nor real life, and fails to account for the fact that if something takes twice as long to do a given task, it still has to accomplish that task so will use at least as much power.

          Or maybe I’m missing something and wind turbines are the answer……….~ahem~

          • There is a sensible side to reducing power consumption by promoting increased efficiency as when added up small improvements can save the expense of building a whole power station but then that could be a purely accidental outcome. The UK plans for the future assume wholly unrealistic increases in efficiency – head of which is the use of dumb ‘smart’ meters – that reduce demand and reduce the cost to households. The costs are rising so fast that the mythical efficiency savings would get nowhere near them.

        • Outlaw the use of “industrial” equipment at home – the appliance police ? Maybe you should go to prison for it hmmm……..

          That’s why the SMART (spy) METER was introduced. Every electricity using device has its own signal which can be identified.

        • They are debating reducing the maximum power of kettles. That tells you that they do not understand science.

          No energy is saved in using a 1500 watt kettle rather than a 3000 watt kettle.

          One merely uses half the power for twice as long to boil a litre of water. Overall no energy saved, no reduction in CO2.

          If they wanted to save energy perhaps reducing the volume of the kettle would be a more productive policy.

          We are governed by incompetents.

          • Those who really govern (federal reserve/central bank/IMF/world bank don’t want competent people in political top positions. So only incompetent and corrupt people are allowed to climb the political ladder.

        • If you cut the power in half, but it takes twice as long to get the cleaning done, then you haven’t saved any energy. But you have wasted a lot of time.

        • “The EU has already restricted vacuum cleaners to 900W most were previously 1900-2100W so its going to take a lot longer to clean up and the saving will be largely consumed by the extra effort & time – idiotic. Expect similar idiocy with kettles, stoves, hot water heaters etc.”

          This is exACTLY the same thing as restricting the wattage of incandescent light bulbs.
          People who want the ‘warm’ color of glowing tungsten merely put in double the number of light sockets. For those that don’t, and switch over to LED lighting instead, the furnace in the house has then to make up the lost heat.

          • “the furnace in the house has then to make up the lost heat.”

            Those who use air conditioning pay to get rid of the heat generated by incandescents. And I am pretty sure my heat pump is a more efficient “furnace” than incandescent. I’ll defer to anyone who can quantify the difference but it appears that incandescents generate waste heat.

  3. In history, the Germans are quite famous for brainwashing their children….and really, hasn’t Germany caused enough grief in the world in the last 100 years?

    • Prussians invented the modern Youth Indoctrination System.

      It’s just in the early years it was used to produce kids who mindlessly supported their nation. Now it’s used to produce kids who want to mindlessly destroy their nation.

    • That’s a good question. Shouldn’t we avoid global governance to prevent such grief on an even more massive scale?

      • R Shearer
        Shouldn’t we avoid global governance to prevent such grief………

        If global governance was a swimming pool, the water is up past your navel, and the water level is rising significantly faster than sea level rise.
        Regards

    • What could possibly go wrong with this google “Hitler Youth” which started in 1922 and pre-dated the rise of the hated one.

  4. It looks like the left-wing domination of the education system may finally be paying dividends. Children have been promoted from pawns to major pieces in the battle to destroy our way of life in the name of beating Global Warming. Unfortunately for these children, major pieces also get sacrificed

    • What will it take to wake them? Is it even possible?

      You can’t even watch 60 Minutes without being incessantly bombarded with such GW propaganda.

      • “What will it take to wake them?”

        Economic collapse and/or war.

        Age will wake some of them, but if they keep going down Merkel’s road there won’t be enough years left to wake up from age before they get woken up the other way.

        America is better off because home-schoolers started pulling kids out of schools en masse in the 90s. But it’s illegal in Germany; no child left unindoctrinated in Merkel’s utopia.

      • “What will it take to wake them?”

        Shut down the mobile communications network

        The communications network that supports all their iPhones etc etc takes a LOT of energy to run.

      • “You can’t even watch 60 Minutes without being incessantly bombarded with such GW propaganda”

        I saw 60 Minutes yesterday and they had a piece on “children” who were suing the U.S. government because they think burning fossil fuels is going to destroy the world by making too much CO2.

        The woman who organized the children (I don’t recall her name) was interviewed, and was very confident they would win their lawsuit, and was just beaming with virtue, and she said something I thought was interesting, she said once the arguments take place in court that “alternate facts are perjury”, insinuating that skeptics questions about CAGW were alternate facts and would be illegal to utter in a courtroom.

        Of course, she is wrong, but I wouldn’t want to be the one to try and tell her that. Her bubble seems very strong and would take some effort to burst. A True Believer, in other words.

    • Ah yes!!
      Children can indeed burn down the house if handed matches… as well as any adult.

  5. Perhaps Herr Merkel could explain exactly to which ‘climate’ she refers, and which she thinks has “changed” and how. Determining change requires a metric or at least a classification.
    Germany has five climate classifications that have not changed since the 19th century.
    They are cfa, cfb, dfb,dfc, and ET.
    Perhaps at the same time she could explain how she differentiates her anus and her elbow, quantify those differences, and then discuss the changes that have taken place in recent decades.

  6. What did Merkel say?

    In a video released on her official website, Angela Merkel said protecting the climate was a “challenge that people can only tackle together” (in German).
    ___________________________________________________

    no wonder if Merkel says so.

    For 40 years, Kohl and Merkel let germany fall apart.

    Kohl’s excuse was “reunification”. he deliberately destroyed the ex-GDR.

    – Merkel was absolutely incapable of any decision. So she joined Obama’s “environmental program” to have a topic.

    Both were again and re-elected because the citizens thought “with Kohl / Merkel evrything is safe and secure – nothing happens!”
    __________________________________________________

    Now Deutsche Bahn is kaputt, Autobahn Bridges are kaputt, If an apartment is offered there are 100 families on the floor that need a flat.

    New Airport Berlin should have after 2 years construction time. That was bevore 10 years, it’s still not opened.

    __________________________________________________

    climate change was Merkel’s best friend.

  7. Maybe German Education Standards are a thing of the past…
    Perhaps German Education Standards are a glimpse of our idiocratic society of the future

  8. The students are to engage in radical protest…
    The Establishment approves…
    I sorta feel that something just ain’t quite right with that but…but…I just cannot sorta …like…put my finger on it!
    Like what if we hold a protest and only ‘The Man’ turns up.
    Like…Umm…Wow!

  9. The basic foundations of a generic Prussian primary education system were laid out by Frederick the Great with his Generallandschulreglement, which was a decree of 1763. It was authored by Johann Julius Hecker.
    This education system has now been brought to an end by the East German peasant woman Angela Merkel.

  10. typos again –

    What did Merkel say?

    In a video released on her official website, Angela Merkel said protecting the climate was a “challenge that people can only tackle together” (in German).
    ___________________________________________________

    no wonder if Merkel says so.

    For 40 years, Kohl and Merkel let germany fall apart.

    Kohl’s excuse was “reunification”. he deliberately destroyed the economy of ex-GDR.

    – Merkel was absolutely incapable of any decision. So she joined Obama’s “environmental program” to have a topic.

    Both were again and again re-elected because the citizens thought “with Kohl / Merkel evrything is safe and secure – nothing happens!”
    __________________________________________________

    Now Deutsche Bahn is kaputt, Autobahn Bridges are kaputt, If an apartment is offered there are 100 families on the floor that need a flat.

    New Airport Berlin should have been opened after 2 years construction time. That was bevore 10 years, it’s still not opened.

    __________________________________________________

    climate change was Merkel’s best friend.

  11. And after Fukushima she shut down all nuklear facilities – sometimes a german airport is out of order 3 days because of energy fail, some times in summer Deutsche Bahn passengers collapse because of failing compartment air conditioners.

    • no. She didn’t. Germany has more nuclear capaciyy than Great Britain, She just SAID she would shut it all down…

      My sister who has lived in Germany for 40 years, THINKS she shut it all down.

      • Nuclear power plants in Germany are in the process of being phased out, and that is due to Merkel’s decision. There are now far less than in 2011, and they’re scheduled to disappear completely by 2022 (or was it 2023, something like that).

  12. Merkel is the @realPutinStooge

    Question is: Why does she hate her fellow Germans so much?

    • Because they’re not her fellow Germans. She was raised a communist in East Germany, and many people have claimed she was Stasi.

      I’d guess she’s probably spent her entire life working for the USSR to destroy the West, as so many Western leftists have. The USSR just had the bad manners to collapse decades ago, so they’re not around to roll in and ‘save’ Germany when the culture and economy collapses.

      German reunification was one of the worst ideas ever. No country benefits from bringing in tens of millions of communists.

      • Mark, it is worth mentioning that the former East Germans are the soil in which the AfD (Alternative for Deutschland) has gained most of its support. The coddled western Germans are the ones who have brought into the fantasies of Merkel and co, just as it is in eastern Europe that more down to earth practical ideas now find their popularity. Former communists understand what can happen, those without that experience still think socialism can deliver.

        • Yes, and if reunification brought in millions of “communists”, by the same logic, the Bundesrepublik was formed from millions of fascists. How does that logic work in 1989 but not in 1949?

          • Your reasoning is wee bit odd. Please explain how W Germany, where n*zi party/ fascism was outlawed, and a stable democrat coalition of parties were freely elected, could be equated to aE Germany, where a Soviet puppet state was ruled by the Communist party?

          • hunter,
            The Bundesrepublik (Federal Republic) was formed in 1949 from states (Bundesländer) that had been part of the Reich which was ruled by the Nationalsozialistische Deutsche Arbeiterpartei (NSDAP) or National Socialist German Workers Party, the Nazis. So about 50 million people who lived under the Nazi regime for 12 years formed “W Germany”.

            The Berlin wall fell in 1989 allowing for migration west, and the eastern Länder were formally reunified into the Federal Republic in 1990. At that point about 16 million people who lived under the SED (Sozialistische Einheitspartei Deutschlands/Socialist Unity Party of Germany) regime of the Deutsche Demokratische Republik (German Democratic Republic) for 40 years, entered into the Federal Republic.

            I would think that the logic is very obvious. Why would it be that the victims and collaborators of Erich Honecker be less able to form democratic governments in 1990 than the victims and collaborators of Adolf Hitler in 1949? You may want to claim that 67 years of totalitarianism is worse than 12 years. On the other hand, “Experience keeps a dear school, but fools will learn in no other.”

          • “Rich Davis March 4, 2019 at 5:55 am

            The Berlin wall fell in 1989 allowing for migration west, and the eastern Länder were formally reunified into the Federal Republic in 1990.”

            And that’s when the war with Germany finally ended.

    • Merkel loves Merkel like AOC only loves AOC. For them the rest of humans ( also other progressives) are just cannon fodder and guinea pigs.

    • Merkel is basically an opportunist. She has no politics of her own. All she ever does is wait for what the press push as politically correct, and then hold a press conference declaring that has been her policy all along. That’s why she does so many U-turns, because when the media change their opinion, so does she. And that’s also why she spends so much time doing nothing and remaining silent between her statements. During the waits, she’s busy analysing what the media want. So if you want to know why Merkel says what she says, look at the German media “elite”, what they’re saying and why they do it. Then you know.

  13. This reminds me of an episode of the Simpsons where Bart has his dog in obedience school but the dog is anything but obedient. Bart tries to cover it up by commanding the dog to do whatever it is already doing…Go over there! Sniff that dog’s butt! Good boy!

    Und deshalb begrüße ich es sehr, dass junge Menschen, Schülerinnen und Schüler, demonstrieren und uns sozusagen mahnen, schnell was für den Klimaschutz zu tun. Ich glaube, dass das eine sehr gute Initiative ist.

    And that is why I very much welcome the fact that young people, pupils, demonstrate and urge us, as it were, to do something quickly for climate protection. I think that’s a very good initiative.

  14. Sometimes in winter in Frankfurt Airport airplanes stand for a day frozen to the tarmac – not enough defroster / ethanol because the money went to environment protection.

    People freeze for hours in Deutsche Bahn – standstill because of defunct power cables, no compartment heating.

  15. AGW has lowered itself to exploiting children for the cause and no one finds fault with that? The MSM only posts pictures and prints dialogue supporting the child activists who only believe what they are told. No shame today but it will come.

  16. No such thing as children protesting climate change. They have no idea what they are protesting. They are simply mouth pieces for odious adults. This is a completely contemptible state of affairs. No one in power should accept it let alone encourage it. It’s outrageous that they do, and transparent as well. There are more planned here. I can’t stand it!!

  17. One more dumb docile easy to govern generation In the making. With a programmed catastrophic failure the moment all accumulated by former generations cash will be depleted.
    Unfortunately we must all agree, Germany is doomed.

  18. Germany produces more e-waste than any other country in the EU. It also, illegally exports faulty goods of all kinds to countries in Africa, particularly Ghana.

    To get a compliant population, you have to start early. Seems Germany hasn’t learnt from it’s not too distant past.

    • Patrick,
      Merkel has not only learned from the past, she is working hard to perfect that past vision.

  19. The germans have a tradition of brainwashing. The Hitlerjugend was as brainwashed as the children of today, and as fanatic. My name for the schoolchildren action is CLIMATEJUGEND, it is the most accurate term IMHO. It is no wonder that “Mutti” Angela applauds this. She has left the german energy system in a caos, using billions of euro and achieving nothing but problems. Of course she welcomes even the smallest support, even if it is from uneducated children. It takes away some attention to the problems she has made. When the children discover the truth, she will long ago be off the hook.

    • Can’t say it any better.
      Earlier this winter we faced probable diversion advisory due to “unreliable power supply to ground facilities” in Hambourg. This could have been huge as per my estimates 24 or so airborne A/C were concerned.
      Good thing they could manage take us all on sched.

    • All correct. And she can rely on the Climatejugend to support the Malatov-Ribbentrop Nord Stream project.

    • Merkel is really astute in diverting attention away from the mess her climate policies have created – but this is no different to what many politicians in the “civilized democratic” West are doing.

      This morning I listened on radio to the CEO of our main electricity supplier – an engineer by training – speaking of the aim of a “low carbon future.” I was not sure whether to laugh or cry. I am a simple layman when it comes to science and engineering but I know the most important part of Chemistry is Organic Chemistry and I believe that the following is true:
      Organic Chemistry = Chemistry of Carbon = Chemistry of Life

      Please correct me if I am wrong and explain how we can survive in a “low carbon future.”

      • You could’nt . Patrick Moore put it better :
        Te co-founder of Greenpeace who dropped out when they denounced nuclear ower, countered Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez’s Green New Deal as a genocidal piece of lunacy in a series of remarks on Twitter on Feb. 23. Replying to a tweet from Ocasio-Cortez, he wrote:
        “Pompous little twit. You don’t have a plan to grow food for 8 billion people without fossil uels, or get the food into the cities. Horses? If fossil fuels were banned every tree in the world would be cut down for fuel for cooking and heating. You would bring about mass death.” And then replying to another person posting on Ocasio-Cortez’s Twitter page, he wrote:
        “You are delusional if you think fossil fuels will end any time soon, maybe in 500 yrs. AOC’s attitude is unjustifiably condescending. She is a neophyte pretending to be wise. Her kind bring ruination if allowed to be ‘in charge.’ (from the cheap seats).”
        On Feb. 19, Moore wrote, including graphics to prove his point:
        “AOC’s Green New Deal calls for: ‘(J) removing greenhouse gases from the atmosphere.’ Technically (scientifically) this would mean removing all H2O vapour and all CO2 which would mean the eradication of all life on Earth. Brilliant.”
        That AOC Resolution URL on the GND has been since pulled.

  20. Merkel pro schoolstrikes Gedächtnis Galerie:

     https://goo.gl/images/VgeJp9

     https://goo.gl/images/fcLCSt

     https://goo.gl/images/kGmmc2

     https://goo.gl/images/bdZoKp

  21.  Merkel  Deutschland  Wohnungsnot:

     https://www.google.com/search?q=deutschland+wohnungsnot&client=ms-android-samsung&prmd=inv&source=lnms&tbm=isch&sa=X&ved=2ahUKEwjfz8PtmOjgAhVElosKHcW_B_IQ_AUoAXoECAwQAQ&biw=360&bih=560

     https://goo.gl/images/kzEmyP

  22. It’s not fair. My 4 kids used to skip school with a vengeance and got themselves and mum in all kinds of trouble….all for the climate of course as it turns out. Angie, where were you?

  23. A realistic and achievable goal for all of these students it to keep their rooms and homes tidy and clean.

    A totally unrealistic and unachievable goal for these students is to think they can engineer a pleasant climate in every country. Only a lunatic thinks he can – and of course many loud politicians.

  24. As Environment Minister in 1998 she signed the diesel exhaust limits causing uproar now, into law. 4 months before Fukoshima she signed the nuclear exit into law. The tsunami was political candy.
    The landscape is destroyed with giant asparagus turbines.
    Her “scientific” advisor Dr. Schellnhuber got his CBE, Commander of the British Empire in 2004 from the Queen personally and signed up the WBGU, the Great Transformation.
    She appears to be implementing the infamous Morgenthau Plan, rejected then by the Marshall Plan, with a decarbon kicker.
    AOC’s heavily lauded in the German glossy press right now – just wait until Patrick Moore’s tweet becomes widely known. And AOC telling youth to have no children should make for many merry chat shows.

    • Still, Nordstream 2, vitally important for Germany, continues despite massive unrelenting geopolitical pressure. Who said it was ever easy to be a Chancellor in Berlin?

  25. Let’s see, there must an organization which the wise Future Leaders can join.
    The last time a German leader wanted to make sure the children were heard, the organization had a catchy name.
    And kids in that organization were very involved in good eco-friendly activities, too!
    So Chancellor Merkel is just channeling that certain historical figure she obviously admires so greatly.
    She should call her new game, “Merkel Youth”.
    I wonder if she has designed their uniforms yet?

  26. ‘German Chancellor Angela Merkel has said she supports school students’ protests about climate change.’

    It would be nice if they would define it before protesting it.

  27. Berlin must be askance – a teen mob at the city gates led by a Swedish Green Teen Queen Bee and a NY neophyte!

    This is very embarrassing – it could upset the Great Decarbon Transformation Plan when public mirth breaks out!
    Damage control will be excruciatingly complicated. Feinstein had it easy!

    • Hmmmm…
      Maybe not.
      The EU is corrupt across nearly the entire continent.
      Maybe time to focus on helping Africa and S America.
      Europe is shot, worn out, useless.

  28. Hopefully the young surgeon who will have to operate on her in 15 years will tell her before the surgery that she took part in the strikes and missed that practicum…

  29. “AOC telling youth to have no children”.
    It’s OK the Germans have already walked the walk on that one.

    The German demographic curve is so disastrous already for decades, it’s why they have to import millions of foreigners to fill that gap.

    You only have to go out at a spring weekend in Germany to see 1000s of grey haired old fogeys driving around in cabriolets with equally grey haired old women, usually with no or very few children or grandchildren to mess with their luxury lifestyle.

    The immigrants can’t afford them, they are working their nuts off all hours for as low as 1EURO per hour.
    The whole current German construct is just grotesque.

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