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Stopping climate change - "Climate policy has failed"

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Living sustainably is difficult in Switzerland - and left to everyone. There are only a few incentives to do so. And certainly not from politics.

From his office high up in an ETH skyscraper, climate researcher Reto Knutti has a magnificent view: The view extends over the city of Zurich and the Limmat Valley. But there are also many smoking chimneys, many cranes on construction sites and a lot of traffic - all sources of greenhouse gas emissions.

From up here, Knutti can see the beauty of the world and its threat at the same time. Just looking at the city with its infrastructure shows that the individual's influence on climate protection is limited, says Knutti. "At the moment it is not possible to live completely climate-neutrally." There is simply too much infrastructure that cannot be influenced.

Much cannot be influenced by the individual

The public infrastructure alone - streets, school buildings and sewage treatment plants - consumes as many resources as we can benefit from a sustainable way of life. In addition, there is the individual consumption of resources, for example for heating, mobility or nutrition.

This results in a consumption for Switzerland that only three earths could cover in the long term. Nevertheless, Knutti emphasizes that individuals can do a lot for climate protection with their behavior.

Much is possible, especially in the areas of heating, mobility and nutrition. The ideal would be to live in a Minergie or Eco house, to forego a car and, if possible, meat and animal products in the diet. "Flying would then no longer be an option," continues Knutti.

From politics ... nothing comes

In his remarks, the climate scientist speaks in the subjunctive. Because one of the big problems with climate protection is its voluntariness. Anyone who wants to can do something, but too many are not doing enough. For example, those who travel by plane can offset the CO2 emissions.

With the money that the traveler pays voluntarily, CO2 is saved in other countries. But CO2 is only offset for one percent of all Swiss flights. It is therefore clear to Knutti that political measures are needed to stop global warming. The climate physicist is correspondingly hard on politics.

"Politics have failed in the last few months." It is true that she has accepted a climate target in accordance with the Paris Climate Agreement. But they refuse to take measures to achieve the goal. “It can't work like that,” says Knutti. Politicians now urgently need to adopt more effective measures.

No more investing in dirty technology

This is also what Patrick Hofstetter, climate expert at the nature conservation organization WWF, says. Those investments that have a long-term effect are of particular importance. "All new investments must be made in such a way that they can be operated without fossil fuels." Nowadays one shouldn't spend any more money on “dirty technologies”.

The climate development is threatening, according to the WWF. But with the right political decisions and technical innovation, the climate catastrophe can still be averted. However, this can only succeed if the citizens also do their part.

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  • Comment from Werner Christmann (chrischi1)
    The discussion is getting more and more ridiculous. The good advice on renunciation to every believer is a roar. And if it doesn't work, it's the fault of politics, which ultimately didn't forbid the citizen to breathe. The climate cannot be controlled.
    Agree agree to the comment
  • Comment from Christophe Bühler ((Bühli))
    As far as I know, the air pollution control ordinance LRV has been in force since 1985 and is constantly being adapted thanks to politicians. Most heating systems in the city and canton of Zurich comply with the regulations and renovations must be carried out in accordance with official measurements. SRF uses a Reuters picture, with the title Smoking chimneys, that is misleading because according to the current state of the LRV, in most cases it is condensing exhaust air and not smoke
    Agree agree to the comment
  • Commentary from S. Borel (Vidocq)
    It is astonishing to find again and again that those who deny climate change are often those who are the loudest about migration. Well, very soon they will be confronted with completely different realities!
    Agree agree to the comment

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