The eight warmest years since weather records began have been the last eight. Ahead of what is now the 13th “global climate strike”, the Fridays for Future movement is calling for more speed and ambition.
With more than 200 demonstrations and rallies across Germany this Friday, the climate protection movement Fridays for Future wants to push the government to phase out coal, oil and gas more quickly. “On September 15th, we will put pressure on the government from all sides with all generations and professional groups to end the anti-ecological tinkering and instead introduce climate money and tighten the climate protection law,” said activist Luisa Neubauer of the German Press Agency in Berlin.
The so-called climate money is stipulated in the coalition agreement between the SPD, the Greens and the FDP. It is intended to socially compensate for rising prices for the emissions of climate-damaging greenhouse gases. The current climate protection law plans to reduce emissions in this country by 65 percent by 2030 compared to 1990.
Hundreds of protests planned worldwide
Pit Terjung from Fridays for Future told the dpa that the government clearly has no plan to protect people from the climate crisis. She is even planning regressions such as gutting the Climate Protection Act. “But we will not stand by and watch as mandatory climate goals are reduced to loose declarations of intent.”
The global day of action is under the motto #EndFossilFuels – which calls for a rapid end to the fossil fuels coal, oil and gas. Hundreds of additional demonstrations and protests are planned around the world from Friday to Sunday, with organizers expecting millions of people to attend.
Climate summit on September 20th in New York
According to the Climate Action Network, the “historic mobilization” is 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 global protests over the weekend – including Greenpeace, Extinction Rebellion and Friends of the Earth.
Despite all the climate protection promises of recent years, global emissions have reached a new high in 2022, according to figures from the International Energy Agency. 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.
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