Lisel Heise Lisel Heise, a great-grandmother from Germany has said she is going into politics. According to AFP, the woman’s ambition to enter politics crystalised some few years before her 100th birthday, when organisers of a public hearing cut off her microphone.
Heise,who retired from teaching school 40 years ago, was arguing for the reopening of an outdoor pool.
“When I started out, some people really didn’t want to listen to me apparently — they even pulled the plug” she said, still stunned by the impudence.
“Now people from around the world are coming to talk to me. So Who’s laughing now?”
What changed was Heise’s election, against the odds, to the town council of Kirchheimbolanden in south western Germany just weeks after she embarked on her second century on the planet.
It wasn’t an accident that the pool galvanised Heise, given two issues close to her heart: young people and public health.Those concerns have also dovetailed into another pet cause: climate protection.
The remarkably spry Heise says she has taken inspiration from the Fridays for Future youth protest movement.
Heise, who takes daily walks through the quaint old town of Kirchheimbolanden, populations of 8,000, is part of a groundswell of seniors unwilling to sit out their dotage on the sidelines of public life.