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Climate Protests Worldwide    10/22 08:11

   

   BERLIN (AP) -- Environmental campaigners staged protests on several 
continents Friday to press their demands for more government action to curb 
global warming ahead of the upcoming U.N. climate summit in Glasgow.

   Protesters rallied in Uganda, Bangladesh, India, Sweden and Germany to call 
for measures that prevent dangerous levels of warming and take account of the 
plight of the world's poorest, who are particularly hard-hit by climate change.

   Thousands of mostly young people rallied at Berlin's iconic Brandenburg 
Gate, carrying banners featuring slogans such as "Act now or swim later" and 
"Don't melt our future."

   Many called on the next German government to place greater emphasis on 
tackling climate change. Three parties, including the environmentalist Greens, 
are negotiating to form a coalition government following the Sept. 26 election 
that saw outgoing Chancellor Angela Merkel's center-right Union bloc come 
second.

   The Union bloc is not part of those talks, though Merkel is expected to 
attend the U.N. climate talks next month in her role as head of a caretaker 
government.

   In Stockholm, Swedish activist Greta Thunberg took part in the protest. Her 
weekly "school strike for climate" helped inspire the international protest 
movement that saw regular, vast demonstrations before restrictions due to the 
coronavirus pandemic curtailed such rallies.

 
 
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