Campaigners stage climate protests across continents
BERLIN — Friday’s protests were organized by environmental campaigners to demand more government action to reduce global warming in advance of the U.N. climate summit. Protesters rallied in Germany, Uganda, India, Sweden, and Bangladesh to demand that climate-change mitigation measures be taken and that the poorest people of the planet are not left behind.
Thousands of mostly young people rallied at Berlin’s iconic Brandenburg Gate, carrying banners featuring slogans such as “Act now or swim later” and “Don’t melt our future.”
Many called on the next German government to place greater emphasis on tackling climate change. After the September 26 election, which saw Angela Merkel’s centre-right Union bloc finish second, three parties, including the environmentalist Greens are in negotiations to form a coalition ministry .
While the Union bloc is not participating in those talks, Merkel will be attending the U.N. Climate talks next month as head of a temporary government.
In Stockholm, Greta Thunberg, a Swedish activist, took part in the demonstration. The international protest movement was inspired by Greta Thunberg’s weekly “school strike for Climate” demonstration. However, restrictions from the coronavirus pandemic halted such large-scale demonstrations.
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