On September 24, only two days before the German federal election, activists from the student climate organization Fridays for Future intend to take to the streets internationally and in over 350 German cities for a global strike.
In a news statement, the organization asks for “socially equitable and consistent actions to limit global warming to 1.5°C.” “”The previous several months have demonstrated how dishonestly political parties have campaigned on the climate catastrophe without even attempting to urge adequate steps to tackle it,” stated spokesman Maia Stimming. “No coalition will keep to the 1.5°C limit after the election unless we put enormous pressure on them on the streets.”
Greta Thunberg, who launched the climate strikes in Sweden in 2018 and has inspired young people all around the world to do the same, will join the youth activists in Berlin. “There is a lot at risk in Germany,” Thunberg said in a joint interview with German FfF leader Luisa Neubauer in the daily Der Tagesspiegel.
“Keep in mind that Germany has traditionally been the country with the fourth greatest CO2 emissions, making it one of the worst climate offenders in history,” she continued. The two campaigners accuse Germany’s major parties of failing to tackle climate change as a whole. “Chancellor Merkel has never gone out on a limb for climate change.” “Neubauer stated.