Environment: Millions of people expected to take part in climate strike this weekend

Environment: Millions of people expected to take part in climate strike this weekend

In recent years, new temperature records have been set again and again in the wake of the climate crisis. A “historic mobilization” for climate protection is therefore taking place all over the world.

More than 400 demonstrations and protests for more climate protection are planned around the globe from Friday to Sunday, with millions of people expected to attend.

What is required is an exit from coal, oil and gas as quickly as possible, as the Climate Action Network announced. The “historic mobilization” is therefore also aimed at a climate summit on September 20th in New York (Climate Ambition Summit), to which UN Secretary General António Guterres has invited.

According to information, 780 organizations are behind the protests – including Greenpeace, Extinction Rebellion and Friends of the Earth. In Germany, the climate protection movement Fridays for Future has called for a “global climate strike” on September 15th, with dozens of demonstrations planned. The group “Last Generation” is also there on the day.

Recently there have been many environmental disasters

Climate Action Network director Tasneem Essop noted that July was the hottest month on record. But recent unprecedented, deadly global warming disasters have left no impression on major polluters, she lamented.

Countries such as Norway, the USA and Great Britain have even announced new oil and gas projects. The planned demonstrations are a loud message to the fossil fuel industry and its supporters that “their time is up.”

In view of the record global temperatures this year, UN Secretary General Guterres last week called for significantly more ambition in the fight against climate change in order to prevent “the worst climate chaos”. All major emitters would have to make additional efforts to reduce their climate-damaging emissions. However, despite all the climate protection promises made by the international community, global emissions reached a new high last year, according to figures from the International Energy Agency.

The temperature is rising

The world has already warmed by around 1.1 degrees compared to pre-industrial times; Germany even by 1.6 degrees. The eight warmest years since weather records began have been the last eight.

Source: Stern

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