The Swedish climate campaigner Greta Thunberg was welcomed by thousands of children in Berlin as she spoke at the Fridays for Future strike. The German government ignored her, and has not backed EU climate measures.
The environmental campaigner Greta Thunberg appeared before 25,000 people gathered at Berlin’s Brandenburg Gate on Friday to protest the ongoing indifference to the threat of climate disaster.
The 16-year-old was joined by thousands of Berlin students who were taking part in the Fridays for Future movement, which Thunberg started last year by skipping school to stand outside of the Swedish parliament and draw attention to the lack of action to prevent further catastrophic climate change. The school strikes, which have spread across the world, triggered a debate in Germany and criticism from politicians who believe that climate action is contrary to economic interests.
“We are here,” the students in Berlin chanted. “We are loud because you are stealing our future!”
There was a forest of homemade signs with similar messages. “We can cope with staying out of school,”one banner read. “We can’t cope with climate change.” Many of the students were accompanied by teachers or parents carrying their own supporting messages on placards: “We’re so proud of you!” and “The young people are our hope!”