From climate to migrants, the struggles of environmental activist Carola Rackete

Posted September 16, 2020 at 2:38 a.m.- Updated September 16, 2020 at 7:52 p.m.

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The 32-year-old German had forced the blockade in Lampedusa to disembark migrants rescued at sea on the “Sea-Watch 3”.In her book “It is time to act”, she defends civil disobedience as a mode of action.

"I'm sorry, but I refuse to see journalists who take the plane to meet me.(...) In particular in times of coronavirus, I absolutely do not understand unnecessary travel or which contributes to the destruction of the planet for a single interview."The day before the meeting, things almost turned out badly.The date had been agreed for more than a month.We had to find the only time slot available to meet Carola Rackete in Berlin, after her return from Lapland - where she helped friends build a mud house - and before the release of her book in France, It's time to act (L'Iconoclaste, 152 pages, 17 euros).

A few contortions of the agenda later, an appointment was finally stalled in extremis, aboard a train.It is therefore in the summary comfort of Berlin-Paris that we were able to interview the young woman who had missed out on us.between our fingers because of the high carbon footprint of our plane trip for two hours of maintenance.How can we prove him wrong?

The anecdote illustrates the intransigence of the 32-year-old German activist.She tries to live poorly - she says she spends 500 euros per month and will donate the proceeds from the sale of her book to the association of "civil resistance to European migration policy ”Borderline-Europe -, has no accommodation of its own for nine years, but is lodged here and there by friends, uses only second-hand clothes or equipment, having given up the comfort of '' a salaried position to devote herself to her convictions and contribute to the system change to which she aspires.

Posted Date: 2020-10-01

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