DEMANDS

Our Demands for a Sustainable, Just and Equal Society

– to all countries:

In 2018 global carbon dioxide emissions reached an all-time high. Thus, we call on all countries to reduce their CO2 emissions fast and rigorously.

Additionally, we demand:

  • a commitment to and compliance with the Paris Agreement and the 1,5°C target and therefore more ambitious climate protection measures.
  • the incorporation of climate justice as guiding principle for global climate negotiations.
  • the establishment of dedicated ways of funding for most severely affected countries.
  • support for an economy for the common good.
  • a transfer from ideas to actual political steps for concepts like degrowth, economy for the common good and solidarity economy
  • promotion of divestment (withdrawal of funding for climate-damaging business models)
  • the implementation of a global emission trade scheme
  • ascertainment and execution of political measures in line with the sustainable development goals according to the United Nations’ 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.

– to the German government:

Germany is in a stasis regarding the political implementation of the international climate protection decisions. The national climate protection targets for 2020, that are not very ambitious in the first place, will be missed significantly. Likewise, Germany is obstructing the efforts for stricter emission limits in the European Union. Therefore, we demand of the German government:

  • a complete decarbonization until 2050 (no conversion to net-zero emissions on the balance sheet)
  • to pass a climate protection law which describes the climate protection path for 2050 and determines legally binding and verifiable targets.
  • an empowerment of citizen’s engagement in energy transition.
  • a fair funding of the energy transition with a possibility of participation for everybody.
  • to terminate subsidies for fossil energy sources until 2020.
  • a coal phase-out until 2030.
  • 100% renewable energy supply by 2035.
  • carbon dioxide taxation of 180 € per ton CO2.
  • an ecological finance reform which restructures the existing energy taxation and reallocation charges to create a socially fair and revenue-neutral carbon pricing system.

– to the Federal State of Baden-Wuerttemberg

The same holds true for Baden-Wuerttemberg – the emission reduction target for this federal state will most likely be missed spectacularly. Compared to the reference year 1990, greenhouse gas emissions have declined by only 14%. Therefore, we challenge the federal state government to rigorously enforce their measures and strategies for an integrated energy and climate protection (IEKK). Additionally, we ask the federal state government of Baden-Wuerttemberg to put pressure on the national government for stronger climate protection measures (for instance CO2 pricing, changing the framework for citizen energy communities, emission-dependent tolls, adjustment of company car taxation).

We demand immediate action!

  • We exact mandatory targets to drastically reduce energy consumption by 2030. The federal state government is compelled to complement their substitution of fossil energy resources with strong efficiency and sufficiency measures.
  • Electricity generation in Baden-Wuerttemberg needs to be covered by 100% renewable energies by 2035 the latest. Additionally, the state should take measures to re-municipalize urban energy suppliers and electricity grids.
  • The federal state of Baden-Wuerttemberg must take action to let all citizens participate in the energy transition – economically, contentwise and in the decision-making process. Different forms of civic involvement have to be tested.
  • The traffic policy of the federal state government is to be aligned with the goal of increased mobility with less car traffic. Although general transformation of transportation is determined by the national government, Baden-Wuerttemberg should designate statewide testing areas for socially and environmentally fair mobility.
  • Traffic-related infrastructure planning and funding must be consistent with climate protection targets. The promotion of bicycle and pedestrian traffic as well as public transportation should be top priority. At the same time measures for traffic abatement and reduction of road construction need to be taken to mitigate negative consequences of car traffic.
  • Public transportation is to be improved and made available for everybody. Connecting public transportation with car sharing and the promotion of close-by recreational, occupational and supply offers as well as affordable housing facilitates high mobility also for carless households.
  • A reinforcement of renewable heat supply and sustainable refurbishment is required, specific measures for low income households should be taken. The state should support local authorities providing collective and affordable housing.
  • The federal government is required to pursue policies towards a sustainable lifestyle.
  • The climate-neutral state administration should be realized by 2030 at the latest (not 2040). We demand:
    • sustainable refurbishment for all state-owned buildings (universities, schools, administration etc.), increased proportion of renewable energy supply.
    • a role model function in mobility: no domestic air travels or flights in neighboring countries on business trips
    • transition to vegan/vegetarian diet in canteens
  • We ask the federal government to take measures towards a more sustainable forestry and agriculture (reducing emissions from organic soil, decreasing the nitrogen surplus). Local and organic agriculture is to be supported.
  • We demand an effective climate protection law in Baden-Wuerttemberg considering all possible legal steps of the federal state.
    • a mandatory municipal thermal design for all cities and communities.
    • regulation of heat supply.
    • Until 2020, district heating suppliers should provide a concept for their heat grid in alignment with the target of virtually climate-neutral heat supply with intermediate goals for 2025, 2030.
    • EnBW officials in the federal state government should exhaust all possible options to terminate the obstruction of a sustainable thermal energy supply in Baden-Wuerttemberg and Stuttgart.
    • The impact assessment for the revision of the climate protection laws needs to be released.
    • a public hearing for the draft of the federal climate protection law in the state parliament is to be conducted.

– to the City of Heidelberg

Fridays for Future Heidelberg already presented requirements, which the City of Heidelberg must meet to achieve its climate protection targets and to make its contribution to combat the climate crisis. We endorse the demands made by Fridays for Future Heidelberg and complement them with the following topics:

Climate Justice:

  • Climate justice needs to be incorporated into local politics. North-South differences should be taken into consideration for climate protection measures and via council order they should also become a part of local acquisitions policies.
  • The City of Heidelberg needs to start a local educational initiative for „climate justice“.

Housing:

  • The City of Heidelberg must provide affordable and good housing for everybody with a focus on inner development and accessibility to the environmental alliance.
  • Projects with a focus on cooperative community living must be actively encouraged and financially promoted
  • We additionally ask the City of Heidelberg to take steps to reduce the living space per resident.

Local Economy:

  • The City of Heidelberg needs to support local initiatives working towards an economy for the common good.
  • Heidelberg is asked to issue a record of the common good in which topics like need satisfaction, meaningfulness, participation and inclusion, gender democracy and ecologic sustainability are addressed and evaluated.

Lifestyle and Consumption:

  • The City of Heidelberg has to make an environmentally friendly lifestyle possible for everybody by strengthening climate friendly infrastructure and increasing financial support for local initiatives e.g. for urban gardening, food sharing, repair cafés or swap shops.

Traffic:

  • The City of Heidelberg has to convert public parking areas into publicly usable space for all citizens. We advocate a conversion rate of at least 5% per year with a focus on streets, in which parking cars pose a threat or constraint for other road users.
  • The City of Heidelberg is expected to negotiate with the association of transport companies in the Rhine-Neckar Metropolitan Region (VRN) to roll out a season ticket, like in Vienna or Bonn, which should not exceed 365€ per year for the association’s territory.
  • We prompt the City of Heidelberg to actively foster a pedestrian and bicycle culture, support respective initiatives and enforce regular activities like carless Sundays.

Additionally, we request the City of Heidelberg to challenge the German government to implement climate protection measures like CO2 pricing without any further delay. Eventually, the City of Heidelberg should together with other cities evaluate, if legal action against the German government for not complying with the climate protection targets should be taken.