What the polar bear has to do with the tunnel
Created: 05/14/2022, 11:00 am
By: Peter Schiebel
On Friday, the architect Robert Philipp disguised himself as a polar bear – the animal symbolizing climate change – and protested against the tunnel on the B 2.
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"I'm completely independent politically," says Robert Philipp.
What would normally not be worth mentioning is all the more remarkable against the background of the decades-long pros and cons tunnel discussion in Starnberg - especially since the 61-year-old architect disguised as a polar bear on Friday morning protested against the tunnel construction on the B 2 in front of the district office .
- "Stop the tunnel", the man had written on a banner and a sign.
But: Who is Robert Philipp and what drives him?
Philipp is married, has two adult children and has his own architecture office in Munich's Westend.
He specialized as an energy consultant and moved from Fürstenfeldbruck to Pöcking five years ago.
When he thinks of the tunnel, his first reaction is: "That can't be true" - so much money for the promotion of private transport.
Philipp assumes that the 199.9 million euros officially communicated by the Weilheim State Building Authority will not be nearly enough and that the costs will tend towards 500 million euros.
"Couldn't this also initiate new mobility for Starnberg and the surrounding area?" he asks.
What matters to him is a turnaround in mobility in order to save CO2 and protect the climate.
Because that will not work with electric cars either.
“Where is all the electricity supposed to come from?” asks Philipp and demands: “Private transport has to go.” How are people then supposed to get to work in Munich, for example?
Among other things, the architect can imagine special bus lanes, also on the motorway.
Express buses could run on it every five minutes, perhaps even equipped with a meeting room and relaxation lounge.
He himself has now given up his car and only drives publicly or on an e-bike.
A look at the B 2 proves that many others have not done this until now.
“So how could public transport in Starnberg and the Oberland look like so that we would all, including SUV drivers, change?
What could shared mobility of tomorrow look like?” He would like a solution-oriented discussion on this.
There is no particular reason why he is protesting against the tunnel right now and demanding that the money be redistributed.
He had wanted to do the campaign for a long time, he says at the age of 61 in an interview with Starnberger Merkur.
Last but not least, Corona has repeatedly thwarted the plans.
In any case, the time was “more than ripe” for that.