Der Aufstand hat erst begonnen.

28 Tage lang sind wir jeden Morgen im Regierungsviertel aufgewacht. Der Blick auf Paul-Löbe-Haus und Kanzler*innen-Amt. Mitten im Zentrum der politischen Macht dieses Landes haben wir unser Camp aufgeschlagen, den Hungerstreik der letzten Generation ausgerufen und den politischen Alltag seitdem ordentlich durcheinander geworfen.

Wir, das waren nicht nur die sieben Hungerstreikenden, sondern auch viele weitere Supporter*innen im Camp und darüber hinaus. Wie ihr schon mitbekommen habt, waren wir auf dieser Reise nicht immer der gleichen Meinung. Wir haben unterschiedliche Vorstellungen gehabt, wie der Hungerstreik zu seinem Ende kommen sollte und sind schließlich auf den letzten Metern zwei getrennte Wege gegangen – als Team #TakeTheChair und Team trockener Hungerstreik.

Die Tage und Wochen des Streiks haben an uns gezerrt, körperlich, aber vor allem auch mental. Und trotzdem haben wir diesen Kampf gemeinsam bestritten. Der Hungerstreik war Teamwork!

Es hat jede*n einzelnen in der Gruppe gebraucht, um zu erreichen, was wir erreicht haben: Eine unglaubliche Welle der Medienaufmerksamkeit, ein Um- und Weiterdenken bei so vielen Menschen, Gespräche mit Politiker*innen aller großen Parteien, die Zusage der drei Kanzlerkandidat*innen zu einem ausführlichen Gespräch nach der Wahl, die Unausweichlichkeit unseres Protests im Klima-entscheidenden Wahlkampf und die Gewissheit, dass ziviler Ungehorsam wirkungsvoll sein kann.

Auch wenn wir nun unterschiedlich weiter machen sollten, eint uns der Kampf für das selbe Ziel: Klimagerechtigkeit! Und die erstreiten wir nur in gegenseitiger Loyalität.

Wir sind überwältigt von all den berührenden Nachrichten, die wir bekommen haben, von der deutschlandweiten Solidarität auf der Straße und der weltweiten Berichterstattung. Die Politik war gezwungen Zugeständnisse zu machen und dennoch bleiben die Parteiprogramme die selben, der Kurs des zerstörerischen Wirtschaftswachstums bleibt der selbe, der Einfluss der Lobbys bleibt der selbe.

Deshalb wird es weitergehen. Danke, dass ihr uns bis hierhin begleitet habt! Wir waren der Hungerstreik der letzten Generation.

Der Aufstand hat gerade erst begonnen!

Offener Brief von H. J. Schellnhuber

Offener Brief vom 22. September 2021

Liebe junge Menschen im Klimahungerstreik!


Ihr habt euch von mir ein öffentliches Statement zu eurer Aktion gewünscht, und ich denke, dass ich euch das auch schulde.


Denn ihr beruft euch auf die wissenschaftlichen Einsichten zu den existentiellen Risiken der gegenwärtigen Erderwärmung. Letztere wird zweifellos von unserem Wirtschaften mit fossilen Energieträgern verursacht. Zu diesen Einsichten habe ich in den letzten Jahrzehnten mit Veröffentlichungen beigetragen, und ich habe mich bemüht, die wichtigsten Forschungsergebnisse Entscheidungsträgern und Laien mitzuteilen und zu erklären.
Dass ihr alarmiert seid, ist nur folgerichtig – ich bin selbst in größter Sorge um die Zukunft unserer Zivilisation. (weiterlesen PDF)

Hans Joachim Schellnhuber

#takethechair: The "hunger strike of the last generation" becomes the uprising of the many

The hunger strikers are splitting up into different directions. On this page, the majority of the group that ended their hunger strike, communicates. We are not speaking for the people who are planning to go on a dry hunger strike. We are not motivating anyone to go on a hunger strike. From now on we are using this website: https://take-the-chair.com/

After more than three weeks of hunger strike, the disillusioning result is the following: the chancellor-candidates are unwilling to speak and act on the climate catastrophe. There has been no willingness to join a public conversation.

This is why the majority of the initial hunger strikers have ended their action. Jacob Heinze, Rumen Grabow and Simon Helmstedt have begun to eat again. Before that, on Sunday, Lina Eichler and Mephisto have ended their hunger strike.

"Our hope is not on politics, says speaker Hannah Lübbert. "Our hope is on the people that do not want to wait any longer, that do not want to accept "business as usual" anymore and that in all different kinds of ways fight for change everywhere."

#takethechair - Three seats will remain empty. Have it.

Thursday, Sptember 23rd - this is the day that we invited the chancellor-candidates to talk to us about our catastrophic future. We know that these seats will remain empty.

The hunger strike began with the declaration of the last generation 24 days ago. It stated:

Dear people, please listen to us! We are the last generation that can still change something. There is only this one planet for us to survive. [...] But our planet is in a critical situation. Our climate is heating up and our ecosystems are breaking down. Corruption and concentration of power in the hands of a few rob us of any hope for change. Profits are being made every minute by selling out our future.

This is why we are appealing to everyone to take those chairs - everyone, who sees that there is no future like this.

Together we are also calling everyone to join the global Climate Strike on September 24th. We also appeal to you to become active furthermore than that.

#takethechair

Jacob Heinze
Lina Eichler
Mephisto
Rumen Grabow
Simon Helmstedt

Hannah Lübbert (press contact: 152 0735 0960)

Statement regarding Merkel

On Monday government spokesperson Steffen Seibert expressed that Angela Merkel views our hunger strike with worries, but would not get involved with the matter.

Us, the hunger strikers, feel this declaration of worries as hypocritical and dishonest. Her private worries may be true, but all the while it was especially the politics of the past 16 years under Merkel, that brought us into this desperate situation.

Not only was there no sufficient political action in the past, but Merkel clearly misses the chance to position herself for progressive climate protection.

A neutral position concerning this question cannot exist, which is why we appeal once again to the chancellor candidates - Baerbock, Scholz and Laschet - to not repeat the mistakes of the past and to finally act in accordance with the seriousness of the situation.

How will we continue?

The group of the hunger strikers is presenting their positions of how their protest will proceed and has found two answers to the question of what will happen after the date of the public conversation on Thursday, September 23rd at 7 pm.


One part of the hunger strikers is giving an ultimatum to enter a dry hunger strike if the public conversation will be declined, which means that they will refrain from drinking water.
The other part will in this case end their hunger strike on Thursday: "We are deciding for ourselves, that it will not be worth it anymore to waste any more of our precious life and health for the chancellor-candidates. We want to be active in other parts of this society as living, political and forming individuals."

For a few weeks now, there are still people in Hannover, Bonn and Schwerin who are refusing to eat. With today's Monday, four more people are entering the hunger strike out of solidarity. In addition, many people will make a solidary fast for several days.

We are moved by so the amount of solidarity, but want to stress once again that we are not motivating anyone to go on a hunger strike. Such a strike - especially an unprepared one - is an enormous health risk and needs medical support.

Day 21: Visits from the press and plenaries

Camera teams from all over the world - far beyond Europe -are coming to visit us in the government district in Berlin. At the same time, our minds are spinning because we are discussing the following days in our plenaries. To conclude the day we want to offer an insight to our daily life in the camp with the very personal photographic impressions taken by Andreas Chudowski.

Day 20: The burdens are increasing

We would love to share more positive news, write about the strength we receive from our protest or tell about the amazing encounters we experience at our camp every day. But the situation of the hunger strikers is getting significantly more serious.

Today, two hunger strikers had to be brought to the hospital - Lina in the morning and Jacob in the afternoon. Following that, Lina had to end her hunger strike because of health reasons. Mephisto had also reached her absolute limit in the course of the past days and saw herself forced to exit the hunger strike because of psychological reasons.

Jacob is still at the Charité. We warmly wish everyone the best and a quick recovery.

The burdens are increasing drastically. Because of the absence of a political reaction, relief is not in sight...

Concern after spontaneous talk with Olaf Scholz: SPD candidate for chancellor catastrophically underestimates seriousness of situation.

Berlin. Friday, September 18. 2021. Yesterday evening in Potsdam, Olaf Scholz explained in a conversation with Jacob Heinze, Lina Eichler and supporters of the hunger strike of the last generation his position in regards of the climate catastrophe and of the hunger strikers' demand. His statements show how he devastatingly underestimates the urgency of the matter. 

"With a frightening tranquility, Olaf Scholz talks about his plans that will lead our country directly into the climate catastrophe. That terrifies me."

This is why the hunger strikers stress the following again:

The offers to talk from Mrs. Baerbock, Mr. Laschet and Mr. Scholz are not in the slightest touching upon the reasons we are on hunger strike.
They are mocking our hunger strike with their offer of private individual conversations after the elections. And they continue to mislead the public with half-truths - just like with the questions of climate politics. 

Truth is: Us six people of the young generation are risking our health to have a public conversation before the elections, so that all people's health and life can no longer be hawked. 

This conversation will include the fact that our bases of existence are currently being destroyed in an unbelievable and irreversible manner. We have to let in this truth. 

Truth is, that the chancellor-candidates are not expecting people to take the truth about the situation's seriousness easily. This is why they cannot initiate the necessary changes, to halt the climate collapse. 

Our invitation to a joint public conversation is an opportunity for them to tell the truth. The implementation of a citizens' council including topics such as climate politics and necessary immediate measures offers possibility to gain approval for those necessary and far-reaching measures. 

This is why we will have the public conversation on September 23 2021, at 7pm in front of the Reichstag-building. The invitation to the chancellor-candidates stands. Their commitment will end our hunger strike.


Hunger striker Lina (19 years) in hospital

Today, in the morning of the 20th day of the hunger strike, Lina collapsed in the camp. She was taken by ambulance to hospital.
We are full of concern for the health of Lina and the other hunger strikers. We have to watch in despair how the politicians close their eyes - to the state of the hunger strikers and to the state of our planet.

Our demand for a public discussion on 23.9.2021 at 19 o'clock before the Reichstag with the three chancellor candidates is valid.

We will end our hunger strike as soon as we get a commitment.

Day 19: Statement from Lina

Because many people are already suffering and dying due to the climate catastrophe, Lina is on indefinite hunger strike. She sees it as her obligation to use her privileges to combine global struggles for justice, such as climate justice, anti-racism, queer-feminism and anti-capitalism.

Lots of support

The hunger strike is home nit just to the Spree - more and more people from all over are standing in solidarity with the last generation and show their support on the streets.

we are touched by the actions that reach us. Together we can achieve a lot!

In Lübeck, there was a media-effective fake-blood action, in Bremen people greeted Armin Laschet with banners. Annalena Baerbock was confronted with us in Chemnitz amongst other places. And from Hamburg, we received a very special video:

Day 18: Mephisto reports

Mephisto reports today on her condition and shares her thoughts on the current state of the hunger strike. How far do we have to push our limits before something moves?

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Day 17: Press conference

Day 17: Today we held our third press conference - which was in many ways different from the two conferences before. Not only did we assemble at the camp instead of in front of the Reichstags-building and had quite a lot to report due to the last few eventful days, but this time the conference turned out to be completely different from our expectations. During the conference, we stressed that we will not accept the three chancellor-candidates' offering to have non-public individual conversations after the election. We will continue our protest. Other than reaching just the political happening so far, we finally gained attention from the public eye. The pressure on the three chancellor-candidates is rising!

We continuously compile a selection of the reporting here: Media coverage

We are declining the chancellor-candidates' offer

Yesterday, in a joint letter directed at the hunger strikers, the three chancellor-candidates declared that they would be up for "individual, personal and not public" conversations after the elections.

The hunger strikers state: "The offer was the opposite of what we are demanding. A conversation that excludes the public is unthinkable. We now need a collective moment of waking up. A conversation after the election - the fateful election that our matter is about - is out of question. Apparently the only thing that unites the candidates Baerbock, Laschet and Scholz is: they do not care about the young generation's future."

Jacob Heinze, who collapsed yesterday, is back from the hospital and continues the hunger strike. The strikers' health is worsening drastically.

The hunger strike continues, even after 17 days.Press release).

We cannot wait any longer

Day 16: Around 3 p.m. Jacob Heinze (27) collapsed after 16 days on hunger strike in the camp of the hunger strike of the last generation and was brought by ambulance to the Charité in Berlin Mitte. We can now wait no longer and set a date ourselves: on September 23, 7 p.m., the hunger strikers will expect the chancellor candidates to hold the demanded public conversation with them. A public commitment of the chancellor candidates to this conversation will immediately end the hunger strike.

You can find the complete press release here..

Jacob in hospital

Foto: Carsten Witte

Today, on September 14th 2021 at around 3 pm in the hunger strike camp of the last generation, Jacob Heinze (27) collapsed after 16 days of hunger strike. He was brought to the Charité hospital in Berlin-Mitte.

On behalf of the hunger strikers, negotiations have been going on for some time with the offices of the candidates for chancellor to find a date that would allow them all to meet together. No agreement has been reached. We cannot wait any longer and are setting a date ourselves:

On 23 September, 7 pm, the hunger strikers will expect the candidates for chancellor to hold the demanded public discussion with them. A public commitment by the candidates for chancellor to this discussion will immediately end the hunger strike.

Election campaign dates cannot be a reason to ignore the future of youth - it is about our lives!

It is about the future of our generation, which is being destroyed by a completely inadequate climate policy.

Tag 15: Hungerstrike international.

In addition to a camera team from Germany (Pro 7) reporting about the hunger strike today, there was another one from France (AFP), as well as from the UK (BBC) and Belgium.

The Swiss television (SRF) paid a short visit as well. Next to plenty media attention, it became especially noticeable how the hunger strike drains us - and we want to report about that as well. The physical condition of the strikers is becoming increasingly serious and many of the team members are mentally pushing their boundaries. With the help of sharing circles and psychological help we try to live by a regenerative culture despite all challenges and events.

The amazing pictures that we are showing you today have been taken by Timo Knorr - thank you for the support!

After the as-usual-continued election campaigns: hunger strikers refrain from vitamin juice from day 15 onwards

In the latest “Triell”, climate protection was again presented as a question of industry location and “unleashing” of technology. However, it is actually about a likely collapse of the climate system, the destruction of peoples' livelihoods, especially the young ones’.. Dennoch gibt es – nach zwei Wochen Hungerstreik – keine Gesprächsbereitschaft der drei Kanzlerkandidat*innen, von Armin Laschet vollständige Ignoranz des Anliegens.

“Our situation is becoming increasingly serious. We are desperate. We really need to talk now.”

Most of the young people in hunger strike will from now on refrain from diluted vitamin juice.

Day 14: We are still out and about

Day 14: Yesterday noon we were visited by the Jugendrat - as a kickoff of their bus tour through Germany. They paid us a visit and publicly declared their solidarity with our protest.

At around the same time some of our hunger strikers joined an event from Klimaliste Berlin at the Monbijou Theater. There, they participated in a panel debate and talked to politician Hans-Josef Fell amongst others.

In the evening we went to the location of the TV-Triell: we welcomed Armin Laschet with a banner. Unfortunately, he only acknowledged us with a quick glance and turned away at the mention of the word "hunger strike": Video.