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
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
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.