Greta Thunberg and activists from 70 countries have called for immediate action to combat climate change.
Fridays for Future, an environmental movement advocating for action to combat climate change, held marches in dozens of nations on Friday, the first such event since the COVID-19 pandemic broke out.
In 70 nations, including Germany, Japan, India, and New Zealand, activists rallied for global warming awareness and action.
Greta Thunberg, the Swedish activist who launched Fridays for Future, was present at the event in Germany, where federal elections will be held this weekend to pick new leaders and a new chancellor.
According to NBC News, one demonstrator shouted outside Germany’s Bundestag, “We are frustrated and enraged.” “We require structural reform, a social strategy, and scientifically supported actions.”
The global strike has become an annual event, usually taking place in September in conjunction with the United Nations General Assembly in New York, where Thunberg spoke in 2019 about the importance of climate change.
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In various German cities, large rallies were held. Annalena Baerbock, the Green Party’s candidate for chancellor in Germany, attended a strike in Cologne.
She tweeted, “The election on Sunday is a climate election.” “Like in Cologne, tens of thousands of children, young people, and people of all ages across Germany take to the streets in the climate strike to make one thing clear: They want a fresh beginning because they know our future is at risk.”
The global protest took place just weeks before the UN’s COP26 climate summit, which will be held in Scotland next month. where international leaders will strive to set new pollution restrictions around the world.
“Nothing has been done,” another activist in Berlin told NBC News. “We want Germany’s top politicians to openly state that the country is facing a climate crisis.”
Angela Merkel, Germany’s first female chancellor, is stepping down after 16 years in office.
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