Berlin. From Aachen to Zwickau, from Antarctica to Venezuela: Activists have already announced protests in more than 2000 cities in 129 countries for the global strike week for more climate protection, which starts on Friday. This is clear from an overview of the climate protection movement »Fridays for Future«. In Germany alone, more than 400 actions and demonstrations are planned in dozens of cities.
Not only the youthful activists of "Fridays for Future" call for a strike. They get backing from more than 200 supporter groups and other actors. The spectrum ranges from traditional environmental protection organizations to human rights organizations, churches, research institutes, trade unions, banks, small and medium-sized companies as well as large companies such as the Axel Springer Group.
"It's getting big," says Carla Reemtsma, "Fridays for Future" activist, with a view to next Friday. How many people participate in the climate protests, but can be difficult to predict. According to information provided by the organizers, about 300,000 people took part in the first global climate strike on 15 March, and the second global climate strike on 24 May, shortly before the European elections, counted around 350,000 participants nationwide.
It is being demonstrated that the Paris climate targets are adhered to, ie limiting global warming to 1.5 degrees Celsius compared to the pre-industrial era. The "Fridays for Future" movement is therefore calling for a rapid exit from fossil fuels and a price for carbon dioxide emissions.
"For September 20, we expect several hundred thousand people in Germany alone," says Reemtsma. Not only Berlin will be an important place of protest. Also in Hamburg, Munich, Cologne, several thousand demonstrators were expected. Likewise, there will be big rallies in Dusseldorf, Bremen or Leipzig. Throughout Germany, more than 400 local groups have announced climate protests. "And there are even more every day," says the 21-year-old student from Münster.
The local groups of "Fridays for Future" independently organize their actions. Information about the rallies is collected on the website klima-streik.org. Trade unions such as the DGB, ver.di or GEW, individual banks, churches, research institutes and companies want to give their employees a job free to participate in the climate strikes or at least make it possible to strike.
Parallel to "Fridays for Future" run supporters actions of other groups or individual activists who are not registered bundled. Planned are colorful protest formats such as "Yoga for Future", boat tours for the climate, air conditioning, tree planting, art events, vigils, bike demos or climate camps. Even more radical protest formats are to be expected, such as street blockades of the international movement "Extinction Rebellion".
Internationally, the rally in New York will attract the most attention. The demonstration in the run-up to the UN Special Summit on September 23 will lead the movement's founder, Swedish climate activist Greta Thunberg. Agencies / nd
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