My first cell phone almost 20 years ago was the Siemens SL55. At that time it was a marvel of technology with a tiny 256 color display and a 0.3 megapixel attachable camera. There is nothing more about it, I thought to myself.
But what appeared in 2003 to be the eternal peak of Monte mobile communications is now in the museum alongside a hand ax and a flint.
In between: progress. Massive technical progress at an ever faster rate. And we’ve gotten used to it, we’ve learned that every new generation is even faster, more powerful, more high-resolution, more intuitive, more connected, and ultimately more superlative.
The paradox here: Going beyond the life companions in trouser pockets, this belief in progress seems to be increasingly being lost, or almost being trained out of it in an organized manner.
For example, when I wrote last week about the Saudi megacity “The Line”, which was planned to be climate-neutral, I received a whole flood of irritated and irritating messages from the party Green environment:
One should not underestimate the “interference with nature” in the project. If the fauna and flora had to be taken into account, the “energy requirements and environmental impact” of the construction of the 9 million metropolis had to be taken into account and anyway it was not appropriate to celebrate the autocrats from the Gulf.
Yeah, eh, but where does it take us when we tiptoe through the china shop, almost terrified of touching anything?
When every new hydroelectric power plant is on strike because you can’t expect the little fish to take the (fish) ladder? When the construction of wind turbines fails because of the buzzard’s flight plan or the visual sensitivities of well-off residents?
If there are demonstrations against land use AND high-rise buildings at the same time?
Quite simply: standstill, renunciation and regression.
The core messages of future-forgetful neo-party green politics.
Small and medium-income earners will hear them loudest, while the climate avant-garde in the 800 hp Tesla continues to set themselves apart.
Katrin Göring-Eckardt, the Green Party Vice-President of the German Bundestag, recently summarized what her party is really about (Link): “Necessary restrictions in response to the energy crisis caused by the war are just the beginning”. They are to be seamlessly incorporated into a package to combat the climate crisis that “will demand a lot more from us,” as the top Green politician explains.
She herself is already setting a good example and now showers much shorter than before.
“Soap up, take a cold shower and you’re done”. Millions of Germans will know this feeling from the last election campaign. Not dissimilar, by the way, to the domestic “scrape off leftovers and put the lid on” doctrine from the Gewessler-Lockl think tank. In the fight against your own people – sorry – climate change, you seem to be closely coordinated.
Germany also wants to stick to the nuclear phase-out – even in times of crisis and if no additional power plant capacities are created. According to Göring-Eckardt, saving 6% of electricity from domestic production is relatively unproblematic. For example through more “vegan menus and less air conditioning in the Bundestag” (honestly!), but not only of course: Offices, workshops, public buildings, “fun pools” and Co. should remain cold throughout Germany – or just not be cooled. Depending on what hurts you at the moment, because if the Greens have their way, then you have to feel the good deed.
Higher, further, better, faster, more comfortable (God forbid!) has no place in their vision.
Rather, Göring-Eckardt advises to prophylactically come up with a new definition of “prosperity”, to learn to live with “restrictions” and to declare war on the society of abundance.
Almost as if their old homeland – the GDR – was about to make a comeback, including the dictates of virtue and an economy of scarcity – only this time for everyone. Austerity policy with Ossi charm.
Alright, but now joking aside and in all clarity: Saving makes sense in order to dive through temporary crises of the status quo. A war, a bad harvest or whatever. Precisely because you have the firm intention to continue afterwards as you did before.
However, global warming (and quite apart from that the still growing world population!) presents us with completely different challenges – namely that of a comprehensive system change. That’s why we should urgently get rid of the charlatans and high priests of the green self-flagellation and renunciation politics, get a clear view and throw everything we have forward to build a tomorrow to believe in and hope for which makes sense again. Away with the sadness! Bring on confidence and more of everything for everyone!
#I’ll vote the Greens out again