thousands of students have demonstrated in more than 50 German cities for climate protection. Their banners state: “Why learning without a future?”, “Grandpa, what is a snowman?” and “The climate is more impossible than our math-OJ”.

The student organizers expect more than 30,000 protesters took during the lesson time on the road. In Freiburg, where, according to the organizers, the majority of demonstrated, according to police, around 3500. In Switzerland, thousands of students went to the “air strike” on the streets.

“We want to not only watch, like, here, in Parliament or elsewhere, debated, and over our heads will be decided,” said the 17-year-old student Moritz in Kiel. “We want to help shape our future and secure it in 60 years, is still a world for us to live on.”

Under the Motto #Friday forfuture young people demonstrate around the world for weeks for climate protection. The students from Germany, to organize, particularly through the WhatsApp groups. Is involved, for example, the environmental protection organization Bund youth. The model of the demonstrators, the 16-year-old Swede, Greta Thunberg, who had called at the UN climate change conference in Kattowitz (Katowice) to this strike. They demonstrated on Friday, for 22 weeks.

The Teenager is skipping school to protest. This has led to discussions among teachers and school Directors about possible school references. This, the President of the German teachers Association, Heinz-Peter Meidinger, “pointless”, as he told the Bayerischer Rundfunk on Friday. “This is a Positive thing! I am pleased when students involved in the political process.” If young people went on strike at his high school, you would have to catch up on the missed lessons – in the Form of a discussion about climate protection.

Green MEP Beate Walter-Rosenheimer said to strike: “The Federal government must now finally meet its contribution in the fight against the climate crisis. This means a phase-out of brown coal and a transition to clean mobility.” And: “the interests of young people to be taken by the Federal government in policy decisions.”

In Switzerland, went to 16 cities around 22,000 young people on the streets. Thus, the strike marked the largest student protest in Switzerland for 16 years and, although many schools would be threatened with disciplinary measures against the strikers, informed the organizers of the climate strike.


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Teodora Torrendo is an investigative journalist and is a correspondent for European Union. She is based in Zurich in Switzerland and her field of work include covering human rights violations which take place in the various countries in and outside Europe. She also reports about the political situation in European Union. She has worked with some reputed companies in Europe and is currently contributing to USA News as a freelance journalist. As someone who has a Masters’ degree in Human Rights she also delivers lectures on Intercultural Management to students of Human Rights. She is also an authority on the Arab world politics and their diversity.


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