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Source: Bund für Umwelt und Naturschutz DeutschlandBerlin / Saarbrücken. On the occasion of the State Transport Ministers’ Conference (VMK) taking place today, a broad alliance made up of the Federation for Environment and Nature Conservation Germany (BUND), BUNDjugend, Fridays for Future, the Verdi Union, Attac Germany, Germany’s Friends of Nature, the ecological transport club VCD, the railway and Verkehrsgewerkschaft (EVG), Changing Cities and others realize that a consistent traffic turnaround requires decisive investments in local public transport and the environmental network. Therefore, during its visit to the VMK today, the alliance is reiterating its call to the federal government to schedule a public transport summit. In a conversation leading up to today’s meeting, Anke Rehlinger, Minister of Transport in Saarland and Chairwoman of the VMK, welcomed the initiative and promised support. Antje von Broock, Managing Director Politics and Communication at BUND: “We need a complete restart of transport and investment policy. The A49 and other new trunk road construction projects must be stopped immediately and must be checked. Rather, the funds planned for the no longer up-to-date construction of new highways must be reallocated to improve local public transport. ”Moritz Tapp, Federal Board Member of BUNDjugend:“ Invest in the future and mobility for everyone that focuses on the needs of people and the climate – that is the task of the federal government. At the moment it is just wasting tax money on the destructive auto industry, which is still relying on technologies from the past. We need more money for public transport – that improves mobility for everyone in the short term and leads to a mobility turnaround in the long term. ”Helena Marschall, spokeswoman for Fridays for Future:“ To achieve the 1.5-degree target, we need an immediate social fair mobility turnaround that focuses on public transport. Now the conditions for this have to be created through massive investments in local public transport. Particularly in the foreground must be the working conditions of the employees – they deserve recognition as green and systemically relevant jobs of the future. ”Christine Behle, Vice President of Verdi:“ More climate protection can only be achieved through a real change in traffic and more public transport, and that includes decent working conditions and wages . Because many municipalities are underfunded, we need a nationwide financing program for public transport. This creates tens of thousands of new jobs and protects the climate. We demand a public transport summit for a good start to a sustainable transport turnaround. ”Kerstin Haarmann, Federal Chairperson of the ecological transport club VCD:“ In order to double the number of passengers in buses and trains by 2030, we have to invest aggressively in personnel and infrastructure. Instead of investing huge sums of money in new motorways, we should encourage pedestrian and bicycle traffic, as well as buses and trains, to a much greater extent. We need a public transport summit instead of more and more car summits to put traffic on the track towards climate neutrality. ”Achim Heier from the Attac Germany coordination group:“ While the car lobby regularly receives exclusive access to politics at car summits, representatives of the Public transport, cycling or walking are nowhere so much listened to. Climate-friendly means of transport must finally be given preferential treatment – only then can the mobility turnaround be made! “Uwe Hiksch, member of the Federal Board of Friends of Nature in Germany:” The aim of an ecological and social transport turnaround must be the drastic reduction in motorized individual transport. The NaturFreunde therefore support the initiatives to create car-free inner cities and the promotion of the environmental network – as well as the legitimate demands of the ver.di union: Because the mobility transition will not succeed without fairer pay. ”Martin Burkert, Deputy Chairman of the Railway and Transport Union (EVG ): “The expansion of local public transport can only succeed with a specialist offensive for buses and trains. Long-term rising wages, good working conditions and the protection of staff from unregulated dumping competition: this is the only way to attract new employees. In order to set the right course for this, we are calling for a public transport summit by the federal, state and local governments as soon as possible. For us one thing is certain: the employees must not become the victims of the crisis! ”Ragnhild Sørensen, Changing Cities:“ In order to create sustainable mobility, we need good alternatives to the car – in the cities and in the countryside. This includes good infrastructure for cyclists and pedestrians as well as a massive expansion of public transport. This is not only good for the climate, it is good for our cities, for our health and for the economy. Because what makes more sense in times of climate change: building three kilometers of autobahn or 500 kilometers of cycle paths for the same money? ”More informationOverview
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