Angela Merkel: ‘Dedicating all my strength’ to fighting climate crisis!
As the World looks on in disbelief at the woefully inadequate responses of the Morrison lead Australian Government to acknowledging the seriousness of Climate Change and Global warming in the face of devastating Bushfires raging around Australia,..The German chancellor struck an encouraging tone in what is likely to be one of her last New Year’s addresses. Merkel addressed the challenges of the climate crisis, digitalization and migration.
The climate crisis, the digitalization of the labor market, and European solidarity on migration formed the main themes of Chancellor Angela Merkel’s traditional New Year’s address, to be broadcast on Tuesday evening.
But the scale of these challenges was no reason to be discouraged, the chancellor insisted, in a speech that strived for an optimistic tone to begin both the New Year and the new decade.
“I believe we have good reasons to feel confident that the 2020s, the decade that will begin in a few hours, can be good years,” she began, before ending with a resolution: “Let’s surprise ourselves again with what we can do. Changes for the better are possible if we embrace the new with openness and resolve.”
The 65-year-old chancellor added that while she would not live long enough to witness all of its consequences, global warming was real, man-made, and dangerous. “So we must do all that is humanly possible to combat this challenge to humanity,” she said. “There is still time.”
“It’s our children and grandchildren who will have to live with the consequences of what we do now, or fail to do,” she added. “That’s why I’m dedicating all my strength to making sure Germany does its part — ecologically, economically, socially — to come to grips with climate change.”
Report from Deutsche Welles