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World Thunberg to join mass German climate strikes before vote

08:30  24 september  2021
08:30  24 september  2021 Source:   afp.com

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More than 400 " climate strikes " are planned across Germany , with the Swedish Thunberg , who inspired the movement, expected to speak outside the Reichstag parliament building Carl-Johan UTSI TT News Agency/AFP/File. Tens of thousands of climate activists including Greta Thunberg are due to descend on German cities Friday ahead of the weekend general election to crank up the pressure on the candidates to succeed Angela Merkel. As Germany 's top parties hold final rallies ahead of Sunday's vote , the Fridays for Future youth marches will make the case that the political class has let down the

Greta Thunberg and leading youth strikers for climate action from across the world have called for all adults to join a global general strike on 20 September. They are asking citizens to walk out of work just before a crucial UN summit at which nations are being urged to declare much stronger ambitions to tackle the climate emergency. The call was issued as young people prepared for what organisers have claimed will be one of the biggest student strikes so far on Friday, with protests expected in 1,594 cities and towns in 118 countries, according to the Fridays for the Future website.

Tens of thousands of climate activists including Greta Thunberg are due to descend on German cities Friday ahead of the weekend general election to crank up the pressure on the candidates to succeed Angela Merkel.

a person standing in front of a mountain: More than 400 © Carl-Johan UTSI More than 400 "climate strikes" are planned across Germany, with the Swedish Thunberg, who inspired the movement, expected to speak outside the Reichstag parliament building

As Germany's top parties hold final rallies ahead of Sunday's vote, the Fridays for Future youth marches will make the case that the political class has let down the younger generation.

"The political parties haven't taken the climate catastrophe seriously enough," Luisa Neubauer, who runs the group's German chapter, told AFP.

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Greta Thunberg joined hundreds of other teenagers on Friday to protest outside the United Nations headquarters against inadequate global action to curb greenhouse gas emissions. The 16-year-old Swedish activist has inspired a global youth climate movement by organizing weekly school strikes Read more: Greta Thunberg : The teenage eco-activist who took the world by storm. "Stop denying the earth is dying," and "We vote next," chanted the several hundred demonstrators, who included a few children as young as six, outside the UN headquarters. Some youngsters were attending a climate

Greta Thunberg gained support all around the world after she started a movement encouraging children and young people to help her raise awareness about the impact of climate change. Now, the 18-year-old activist says the Fridays for Future movement will be returning with another march on Friday 24 September to demand that world leaders take action on important climate issues. "It has been a very strange year and a half with this pandemic but of course the climate crisis has not disappeared, it's the opposite, it's even more urgent now than it was before ," Greta said speaking ahead of the strike .

Neubauer said "big change" would only be possible "if we create pressure from the streets" and tell the major parties "now there are no more excuses".

The race has boiled down to a two-way contest between Social Democrat Olaf Scholz, the moderate finance minister, and Armin Laschet from Merkel's conservative Christian Democrats.

Polls give Scholz a small lead of about 25 percent over Laschet at around 21 percent, with the candidate from the ecologist Greens, Annalena Baerbock, trailing in the mid-teens.

Despite the urgency of the climate issue for a majority of Germans, particularly in the aftermath of deadly floods in the west of the country in July, this has failed to translate into strong support for the relatively inexperienced Baerbock.

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 Germany: At 48 hours of polling, Greta Thunberg in Berlin to mobilize on the climate © Christine Olsson German Luisa Neubauer (G) and the Swedish Greta Thunberg protesting for the climate in front of the Swedish Parliament, August 20, 2021 Two days before the German legislatures, thousands of climate advocates, led by Greta Thunberg, plan to put pressure on candidates by demonstrating Friday throughout the country to demand decisive measures against warming.

Lena Bonasera, 24, who joined the hunger strike Monday, said the activists first met during Fridays For Future protests, as part of the international youth-led movement launched in 2018 by Swedish climate activist Greta Thunberg . This Friday, youth activists plan to stage large-scale international protests against climate change, weeks before leaders gather for a U.N. summit in Glasgow. Thunberg is expected at the Berlin rally, taking place just two days before an election that the Greens and climate activists say amounts to the last chance for Europe's biggest economy to correct course.

The activist Greta Thunberg has urged Justin Trudeau and other world leaders to do more for the environment as she led half a million protesters in Montreal as part of a global wave of “ climate strikes .” The 16-year-old Swede met privately with the Canadian prime minister but later told a news “My message to all the politicians around the world is the same. Just listen and act on the current best available science,” she said. Thunberg generated headlines around the world earlier this week with her viral so-called “How Dare You?” speech at the UN climate summit, accusing world leaders of

More than 400 "climate strikes" are planned across Germany, with the Swedish Thunberg, who inspired the movement, expected to speak outside the Reichstag parliament building.

Gathering under the banners "We are young and need the world!" and "Everything for the climate", the activists will argue the "climate crisis is this century's biggest problem".

- 'Unfair burden' -

The activists will be part of a global climate strike in more than 1,000 communities around the world, Fridays for Future said.

Their central demand is to limit the warming of the Earth to maximum 1.5 degrees Celsius (2.7 Fahrenheit) as laid out in the 2015 Paris climate accord.

The Paris agreement set a goal of reducing global warming by two degrees Celsius above pre-industrial levels with an aspiration to go further and cap the rise to 1.5 Celsius.

Despite Merkel's vocal support of climate protection measures, Germany has repeatedly failed in recent years to meet its emission reduction targets under the pact.

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  Climate protesters rally ahead of German election They want the next government to do more to limit global heating and to end the use of coal."No political party is doing enough," Swedish campaigner Greta Thunberg told a gathering of thousands in Berlin.

So this is our chance – join us on climate strike this September. People have risen up before to demand action and make change; if we do so in numbers we have a chance. If we care, we must do more than say we do. Greta Thunberg , Kyra Gantois, Luisa Neubauer, Eslem Demirel, Vanessa Nakate, Noga Levy-Rappoport, Isra Hirsi, Zhang Tingwei, Angela Valenzuela, Martial Breton, Nurul Fitrah Marican, Asees Kandhari, Jessica Dewhurst, Alexandria Villasenor, Jonas Kampus, George Bond, Lena Bühler, Kallan Benson, Linus Dolder, Beth Irving, Zel Whiting, Marenthe Middelhoff

Swedish climate activist Greta Thunberg takes part in a "Youth Strike 4 Climate " protest march on March 6 in Brussels. John Thys/AFP/Getty Images. Teen climate activist Greta Thunberg on Wednesday urged other activists to avoid public gatherings and move climate strikes online due to the coronavirus So keep your numbers low but your spirits high and let’s take one week at the time." The 17-year-old activist asked followers to join "#DigitalStrike" on Fridays by posting a photo of striking and using the hashtags #ClimateStrikeOnline #fridaysforfuture #climatestrike #schoolstrike4 climate .

In a landmark ruling in April, Germany's constitutional court found the government's plans to curb CO2 emissions "insufficient" to meet the targets of the Paris agreement and placed an "unfair burden" on future generations.

The Fridays for Future movement launched global school strikes more than two years ago arguing that time was running out to stop irreversible damage from the warming of the planet.

In September 2019, it drew huge crowds in cities and towns around the world including 1.4 million protesters in Germany, according to organisers.

The outbreak of the coronavirus pandemic put the brakes on its weekly rallies but the election campaign in Europe's top economy has revitalised the movement.

"The climate crisis cannot be solved through party politics alone," Thunberg told reporters ahead of her appearance in Berlin.

"We can't just vote for change, we also have to be active democratic citizens and go out on the streets and demand action."

- Greens as junior partner? -

Around 60.4 million Germans are called to the polls on Sunday and most voters cite climate protection among their top priorities.

All three leading parties have said they aim to implement a climate protection agenda if elected, with the Greens presenting the most ambitious package of measures.

However the Fridays for Future activists have said even the Greens' official programme falls short of what is needed to stick to the 1.5 degree Celsius temperature rise.

The Greens want to end coal energy use by 2030 instead of the current 2038. They also want the production of combustion engine cars to end from the same year.

While the party is expected to fall far short of its ambition to win the election Sunday and place Baerbock in the chancellery, polls indicate it has a good chance of joining a ruling coalition as a junior partner under Scholz or Laschet.

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