Broad alliance requires social focus in the mobility transition | Free press

Traffic is seen as the driving force behind climate change. The expansion of local public transport and accessibility should not be missing from the mobility transition, requires an alliance.

Berlin (dpa) – Shortly before the conference of transport ministers, an alliance of environmental and social organizations is calling for a rapid and consistent change in mobility.

The association, which, in addition to nature conservation association Nabu, also includes various trade unions and the social association VDK, presented a paper with recommendations for action to politicians on Thursday. Above all, the alliance is pushing for a substantial expansion of local public transport and is also taking social dimensions into account more than before.

VdK chairman Verena Bentele, who is visually impaired herself, argued for more attention to accessibility in traffic planning. It cannot be that there are villages in Germany without a bus connection.

DGB board member Stefan Körzell pointed out the situation of the approximately 20 million employees who have to deal with a long journey every day. “As a union, we have not fought for a reduction in working hours, which means that people are stuck in traffic for longer,” said Körzell. A nationwide public transport offer is therefore required for employees.

The transformation in the transport sector must be “inseparable from social security and good work,” said Körzell. Public transport jobs must become more attractive. The DGB estimates that Germany will need 170,000 new employees in local transport by 2030.

The transport sector is “a key driver of climate change and many other environmental pressures,” said NABU Chairman Jörg-Andreas Krüger. That is why the switch to clean forms of energy is also a key factor. Together with his fellow activists in the Socially Responsible Mobility Revolution, Krüger is also calling for more charging points for electric vehicles to be set up quickly.

The Evangelical Church is also part of the initiative to champion climate justice and “respect and preserve co-creation,” as EKD Representative Ruth Gütter emphasized. The Catholic Church was asked, but did not join, the initiators announced.

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