World Two Climate Activists on Hunger Strike Will Now Refuse Liquids Until Politician Meets Them
life-threatening climate protest continues - Greenpeace asks the end
for more than two weeks to lead climate activists in front of the Berlin Reichstag a hunger strike. Among other things Greenpeace cares about the health and urgently appeals to end the strike. © Kay Nietfeld A Camp from Hungerstrickende is built in the government district.
Thousands of young environmental activists rallied Friday outside of Germany's parliament ahead of a national election that will determine the country's plans to address climate change for decades, the Associated Press said.
Among those protesting strong action against climate change are two activists who are on a hunger strike until politicians agree to make public comments on climate policy. Henning Jeschke, 21, has been fasting since August 30. He is now joined by Lea Bonasera. The pair vowed to escalate their strike and begin refusing liquids, the AP reported.
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The COP26 international climate talks in Glasgow this November couldn't come at a more crucial time. © Stefan Rousseau/PA Images/Getty Images Children to gather at Parliament Square in London in early September to read their Letters to the Earth, ahead of the COP26 conference in Glasgow. A state-of-the-science report published by the UN in August showed that the world is warming faster than scientists previously thought, and that slashing greenhouse gas emissions by at least half this decade is crucial to staving off the more catastrophic impacts of the climate crisis.
The hunger strikers are demanding that Olaf Scholz of the Social, a front-runner for the country's next chancellor, publicly acknowledge that Germany is facing a climate emergency.
For more reporting from the Associated Press, see below.
A German government official said pressure from young climate activists already had resulted in concrete policies in recent years, from higher carbon prices to billions of euros being invested in greener technologies.
"We also have a new mood across society, where politicians don't have to explain why they're doing something to protect the climate anymore. They have to explain why they're not protecting the climate," German Environment Ministry spokesman Nikolai Fichtner said.
In German election, hunger strikers seek climate promises
BERLIN (AP) — After three-and-a-half weeks on a hunger strike, Henning Jeschke is frail and gaunt, but determined to go on, still hoping to pressure the three candidates for chancellor of Germany into meeting him for a debate about the climate crisis ahead of Sunday’s general election. For the first time in Germany, climate change is perhaps the most dominant issue in an election campaign, especially for young voters. It's at the center ofFor the first time in Germany, climate change is perhaps the most dominant issue in an election campaign, especially for young voters. It's at the center of televised debates among candidates, and five of the six main parties offer plans with varying degrees of detail for slowing global warming.
The protest outside the Reichstag in Berlin was part of a string of rallies around the world, from Japan and Italy to Indian and Britain—amid dire warnings the planet faces dangerous temperature rises unless greenhouse gas emissions are cut sharply in the coming years. Across Germany, tens of thousands of marchers joined similar protests in several cities and towns.
Friday's rally was a multi-generational event, drawing school-age participants as well as adults. Rene Bohrenfeldt, an IT expert taking part in the Berlin rally, said he hoped older Germans would consider the issue when casting their votes on Sunday.
"The majority of voters are older than 50 and determine the outcome of the election," Bohrenfeldt, 36, said. "I appeal to all grandmothers to make the right decision for the climate and for their grandchildren."
Civics teacher Anne Kokott, cradling her infant son, Enzo, said she hoped Friday's large turnout would signal the urgency of dealing with the climate crisis and perhaps have an impact on undecided or older voters.
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Young people around the world on Friday spilled onto streets, city squares and local parks to demand a recognition of the threats climate change posesThe protest outside the Reichstag in Berlin was part of a string of rallies around the world, including Japan, Britain, Italy and India — amid warnings the planet faces dangerous temperature rises unless greenhouse gas emissions are cut sharply in coming years.
"Today is important because of the election," Kokott, 36, said.
Christiane Koetter-Lietz, who attended with her children and grandchildren, said she would be voting for Germany's Green party, which has campaigned for tougher measures to cut the country's greenhouse gas emissions.
"We have water catastrophes, fire catastrophes, the world is burning. This is the very last warning," said the 69-year-old from the western town of Unna.
The idea for a global "climate strike" was inspired by teenage Swedish activist's solo protest in Stockholm three years ago. It snowballed into a mass movement until the coronavirus pandemic put a stop to large gatherings. Activists have only recently started staging smaller gatherings.
Thunberg, 18, addressed the Berlin rally from a stage, telling the crowd that voting is important but must be coupled with protests that put politicians under constant pressure.
"We can still turn this around," she said to cheers. "We demand change, and we are the change."
Thunberg and prominent German climate activist Luisa Neubauer accused politicians of falling short, saying the programs of the main parties weren't far-reaching enough to limit global warming to 1.5 degrees Celsius (2.7 Fahrenheit), the more ambitious limit in the 2015 Paris climate accord.
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Special Presidential Envoy for Climate John Kerry says all countries need to speed up their efforts to reduce emissions and limit the impacts of climate change. Kerry said Mother Nature "did a hell of a job whipping up enthusiasm to get something done" after the extreme events and record-high temperatures around the world this past year and said leaders are starting to feel the anticipation for the upcoming COP26 summit where countries will re-examine what they need to do to limit global warming to 1.5 degrees or 2 degrees Celsius.
Also Friday, hundreds of students and environmental activists demonstrated in Prague while the rally in Berlin was taking place.
They shouted "Now or never," and displayed banners with slogans and statements such as "Climate justice," and "We want a healthy planet for our children."
Small groups of young climate protesters held demonstrations in multiple Indian cities on Friday, calling on politicians and big businesses to ramp up their ambitions for reducing global greenhouse gas emissions and to commit to a raft of climate pledges.
"Just because there is a pandemic doesn't mean you stop working around the climate crisis," said Srijani Datta, a youth climate activist in New Delhi.
Global warming also has been a top election issue in Iceland, where voters head to the polls for a general election on Saturday. All parties running for seats in the North Atlantic island nation's parliament acknowledge global warming as a force of change in a sub-Arctic landscape but disagree on how to respond to it.
While many of the protests worldwide were family affairs, activists in Britain blocked the country's busiest ferry port Friday to highlight the climate crisis and fuel poverty in the U.K.
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MILAN (AP) — Youth climate activists Vanessa Nakate and Greta Thunberg chastized global leaders Tuesday for failing to meet funding pledges to help poor nations adapt to a warming Earth and for delivering too much “blah blah blah’’ as climate change wreaks havoc around the world. They even cast doubt on the intentions behind a youth climate gathering where they were speaking in Milan. Four hundred climate activists from 180 countries were invited to Italy’s financial capital for a three-day Youth4Climate summit that will send its recommendations to a major United Nations climate summit in Glasgow, Scotland, that begins on Oct. 31.