When the subway stopped servicing stations around Brandenburger Tor, the marchers streamed to the gathering place around lunchtime on Friday, September 20. Though the official Berlin website says 10,000 people registered for the march prior to the Global Climate Strike in Berlin (#Allefürsklima in Germany), organizers estimate that 270,000 people marched that day in support of the cause, a number of us from Dalia included.
It’s one thing to take part in a massive demonstration with like-minded people, but it’s quite another to face the reality of popular sentiment. How many people in Germany knew about the 500+ strikes taking place from September 20-27? What are the sentiments of the silent majority swiping and scrolling through their phones?
What are sentiments in Germany about the Global Climate Strike?
Before we even began making our protest signs, we used our platform to find out what people across Germany actually thought. Prior to the march, we conducted a 24-hour “Lightning Poll” with over 1000 participants to find out whether people even knew about the Climate Strike, and whether there were noticeable differences in who cared about the topic.
It turns out that a large majority, 73%, of Germans support the Climate Strike and this sentiment is shared by people 16 to 65, male and female, in cities and rural areas. Those numbers were reflected in the crowds we saw on Friday, which spanned across age groups.
Our poll questions also probed beneath the surface of the people we saw on the streets. We also asked survey participants whether they had attended climate strikes in the past, and whether they would consider doing so in the future. For these two questions, it is apparent that people between the ages of 16-34 are more likely to have attended than (26%) than people ages 35-65 (10%), and also more likely to attend, 28% versus 15% respectively.
The slight changes in percentage also indicate that the environment is a growing issue across age groups as well, which is an encouraging sign that the public will continue to put pressure on governments to be accountable. The same day as the strike, Chancellor Angela Merkel unveiled a €54 billion climate change mitigation plan, which included increased taxes on carbon emissions that include increasing the prices of petrol or diesel for motorists, heating oil, a vehicle tax, and domestic flights. This comes just in time for the UN Climate Action Summit in New York on September 23.
What can you do after the Climate Strike?
Finally, in addition to putting pressure on governments to change legislation, we also think about other ways to do our part for the environment, in particular, making our workplaces more environmentally conscious. Here are some of the things we do at Dalia:
- Offer more plant-based snacks, including vegan yogurt and milk alternatives!
- Order food in bulk to reduce packaging and waste
- Support local companies, especially catering companies with buffet options
- Actively encourage colleagues to take extra food home
- Encourage use of public transportation (no company buses for events)
If you have any questions about the poll, please get in touch.
Dalia was founded to help individuals make better decisions through access to high-quality opinion data. Nothing at Dalia happens without teamwork. A special thank you to the people who worked on organising the company’s participation in the Global Climate Strike: David Rubio, Christine Maree, Fred DeVeaux, Roland Jancic, and many others who contributed!