Germany is still far from reaching the targets of the Energiewende, a term coined to describe the situation in which green energy sources would be the sole propeller of the national economy. It is true that the country has made steady progress in popularizing technologies such as solar panels and that citizens have played a major role in embracing them. However, it is also true that Germany’s dependence on coal is still very strong.
This week, I happened to be at the climate march in Berlin, a big event that saw thousands of people participating. Both the organizers and the participants attempted to raise awareness on the following paradox: how can Germany, a leader in the adoption of green technologies, be a big polluter at the same time?