Fridays for Future: Global mass strike for climate protection begins in Australia
Worldwide, the youth movement "Fridays for Future" expects hundreds of thousands of demonstrators, including adults for the first time. In Germany alone 500 protests were registered.
With demonstrations in Australia, the planned global strike for more climate protection began on Friday. Tens of thousands of students stayed away from the classroom in protest at inadequate policies against climate change. Big rallies are planned in big cities like Sydney and Melbourne. In the city of Alice Springs, in the center of Australia, hundreds of people demonstratively lay down on the ground and killed themselves.
It's early morning in the Pacific. Soon the sun will rise on September 20th 2019. Good luck Australia, The Philippines, Japan and all the Pacific Islands. You go first! Now lead the way! #Fridaysforfuture #climatestrike # schoolstrike4climate
(NZ + many others go next week.) Pic.twitter.com/u1pji4SySN
In a call from the Australian broadcasters, it says, "We're beating the school so our politicians realize they need to take our future seriously." Climate change must finally be understood as a crisis.
"We have a moral responsibility to join them." - @ GeorgeMonbiot.
Adults, join us on 20th and 27th of September. This will be amazing. You can find more information about the strikes on https://t.co/77RuLVyHbO # FridaysForFuture # GlobalClimateStrike # UnitedForClimate pic.twitter.com/EG86gdzdnu
Worldwide, the youth movement Fridays for Future is expecting several hundred thousand participants. In Germany alone, more than 500 actions and demonstrations are registered in dozens of cities. For the international strike week that begins Friday, activists have announced protests in more than 2,600 cities in nearly 160 states.
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SPD fears division of society on climate protection
Prior to the start of the mass strike in Germany, acting SPD leader Malu Dreyer warned against deposing the poorest in the service of climate protection. "If we want to master the climate change, the energy transition, the traffic revolution and the digital revolution, we need the entire society," said the Rhineland-Palatinate Prime Minister. It must also be made policy for the people who cared about the climate protection, but did not have much money, commute more distances and would have no money for new windows or a new heating.
Dreyer continued, "I see the global climate strike as a strong tailwind for the climate change network, which the Federal Cabinet will launch on Friday in Berlin." That will provide "a lot of concrete measures". It must be reversed in all areas where CO2 is emitted: buildings, transport, agriculture, industry, energy and waste management. "This climate change law is heralding a fundamental change in our way of life and business."
On the night of Saturday, after about nine hours of deliberations in the coalition committee on the proposed package of measures on climate change, there was still no agreement.
LKA warns against misuse of the climate issue by radicals
The Lower Saxony State Criminal Police Office (LKA) warns against a radicalization of the climate protection scene. LKA chief Friedo de Vries told the "Neue Osnabrücker Zeitung " that it was not surprising that "violent left-wing extremists were docking with the climate issue". Such a development would follow the same pattern as witnessed during the violent Castor and anti-nuclear protests, at the G-20 summit in Hamburg and also in the militant animal protection scene. They were hardly motivated in content, but used the attention of a theme for riot.
Harbors have recently been with the blockade of a cruise ship in Kiel, said the LKA chief. He also recalled arson attacks on stores in Lower Saxony of the discounter Kik, which came at the height of criticism of production conditions for cheap clothing in Asia. From the fires followed a high million damages.