Fridays for Future: climate strike in Hamburg and other cities in northern Germany

Activists of “Fridays for Future” at the Rathausmarkt in Hamburg. Photo: Axel Heimken / dpa / archive image

Fridays for Future called a worldwide “climate strike” on Friday. In Germany alone, there are said to be protests in more than 200 cities, including Hamburg, Wolfsburg, Göttingen and Oldenburg. Fridays for Future hopes for the “radical expansion” of renewable energies and the rapid implementation of a significant turnaround in traffic.

A representative of the Verdi union and climate researcher Mojib Latif will speak at demonstrations in central Hamburg. Also on the program are musical contributions and a poetry slam. Fridays for Future calls on the Hamburg Senate to make the city climate neutral by 2035, to free the city center from private transport and to review climate protection measures quarterly. The Federation for the Environment and Nature Conservation (BUND) has joined the call for a “climate strike”.

According to police, 3,500 people took part in the latest Fridays for Future demonstration in Hamburg at the end of March. Fridays for Future spoke of 12,000 attendees, 20,000 were expected. Now the organization hasn’t meant how many people they expect this time around. According to the police, the organizers are once again expecting 20,000 participants in Hamburg. There are expected to be around 200 demonstrations across Germany.

Climate policy in Lower Saxony “very frustrating”

Fridays for Future activists have criticized climate policy in Lower Saxony as “very frustrating”. “We continue to see the expansion of the A20 and A39, discussions of gas drilling off the coast of Borkum and construction of new LNG terminals,” said activist Helen Knorre of “Hannoversche Allgemeine Zeitung” (Friday). The money for the liquid gas terminals will be used to invest in renewable energy.

Activist Tabea Dammann complained: “We see a great shift of responsibility from politics to us young people and we are praised for putting pressure on us. But we are not the ones who occupy positions of power ”. The dry summer “clarified the decades of failure of climate policy,” she stressed. “So it’s time for something to change.”

With dpa

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