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World Climate activists start protest week for protection of forests in Germany

12:30  05 october  2020
12:30  05 october  2020 Source:   reuters.com

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Thousands of climate activists gathered in a stretch of woodland north of Frankfurt on Sunday as a planned motorway extension through the Dannenröder Organisers said about 5,000 people travelled to the forest on Sunday morning to protest against the motorway plans and to take part in “guided

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BERLIN (Reuters) - Climate activists on Monday began a week of action seeking a halt to all airport, motorway and federal highway projects in Germany with a sit-in blockade at the transport ministry in Berlin.

a group of people that are standing in the street: Extinction Rebellion protest in Berlin © Reuters/MICHELE TANTUSSI Extinction Rebellion protest in Berlin

Dozens of Extinction Rebellion activists sat in front of the ministry from early morning, holding placards with the protest week's motto "Stop the destruction of our basic resources".

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A year later in Germany , climate justice activists who blockaded a coal power plant were charged and also sued for an unprecedented €2 million (.2 Though the UK will soon be leaving the EU, citizens in Europe enjoy further protections of the right to protest under the European Convention on Human

Germany 's forests are undoubtedly suffering as a result of climate change, with millions of seedlings planted in the hope of diversifying and restoring forests dying, warns Ulrich Dohle, chairman of the 10,000-member Bunds Deutscher Forstleute (BDF) forestry trade union.

They called for a stop to the felling of part of the Dannenroeder forest, which started last week to make way for a highway. The forest, which the activists call "Danni", lies in a nature protection area north of Frankfurt.

a group of people watching a baseball game: Extinction Rebellion protest in Berlin © Reuters/MICHELE TANTUSSI Extinction Rebellion protest in Berlin

"Danni is symbolic for a failed German climate and environmental policy," Extinction Rebellion spokesman Tino Pfaff told Reuters. "It is not only the Danni who is destroyed, but German and European forests as well."

a close up of a flower: Extinction Rebellion protest in Berlin © Reuters/MICHELE TANTUSSI Extinction Rebellion protest in Berlin

Police were on the scene and carried away some protesters who had glued themselves to the street with adhesive tape, a police spokesman said.

Extinction Rebellion plans to follow the blockade with a "March of the dead trees" from 0800 GMT through Berlin. More than 1,000 participants have been registered for the demonstration, police said.

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Youth climate activists have called for a global strike on Friday to protest that human rights and social justice have been sidelined at the UN climate talks in Madrid, where governments look set to wrap up two weeks of negotiations without a breakthrough on the pressing issue of greenhouse gas reduction .

Thunberg started her protest by striking for three weeks outside the Swedish parliament, lobbying MPs to comply with the Paris Agreement. Last Friday there were strikes in Germany , Belgium and Switzerland, where more than 20,000 students skipped school.

a man wearing a hat: Extinction Rebellion protest in Berlin © Reuters/MICHELE TANTUSSI Extinction Rebellion protest in Berlin

(Reporting by Reuters TV writing by Kirsti Knolle, Editing by William Maclean)

a person wearing a costume and holding a sign: Extinction Rebellion protest in Berlin © Reuters/MICHELE TANTUSSI Extinction Rebellion protest in Berlin

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