demonstrations in Germany
Tens of thousands in the “climate strike” on the street
In numerous cities in Germany, several tens of thousands of people demonstrated for more climate protection on Friday. The predominantly young demonstrators followed a call by the Fridays For Future movement for a global “climate strike”.
The climate protection movement Fridays For Future has called for a global climate strike this Friday. Photo: Marius Becker/dpa
A rally took place in Berlin, where police said more than 20,000 people gathered in Invalidenpark near the government district. Thousands of people also took part in corresponding rallies in Hamburg and other large cities.
Protests were planned in more than 250 cities across Germany. The call was supported by many nature and environmental protection associations. In many other countries, too, people took to the streets. It was the organization’s eleventh call for a global protest since its inception in 2018.
The German Fridays for Future activist Luisa Neubauer called out at the rally in Berlin: “Who thinks that there is no way out, only despair remains. If you know that there is another way, you can get started and act. We have the knowledge, so let’s get started.”
The climate protectors are calling for an end to fossil fuels and the rapid expansion of renewable energies, as well as a “consistent turnaround in traffic”.