Thousands march in Germany demanding climate action
Climate activists staged protests in more than 250 German towns and cities on Friday (Sep 23), demanding urgent action to tackle global warming, according to the Anadolu Agency.
The Fridays for Future movement, which organized the rallies, said more than 280,000 people attended the protests across the country.
In Berlin, climate activist Luisa Neubauer slammed German Chancellor Olaf Scholz and his government for not investing in renewable energies, but trying to replace Russian oil and gas with fossil supplies from other countries.
“A chancellor who travels around the world and who buys more fossil fuels, more than what we can ever use to meet our climate targets, that's not a climate chancellor, that's a fossil chancellor!” she said while addressing thousands of protesters.
The youth movement is demanding from the government to create a €100 billion ($97 billion) special fund to address the challenges of climate change and social justice, and boost investments in renewables.
Contemporary climate change includes both global warming and its impacts on Earth's weather patterns.
There have been previous periods of climate change, but the current rise in global average temperature is more rapid and is primarily caused by humans.
Due to climate change, deserts are expanding, while heat waves and wildfires are becoming more common and storms are becoming more intense.
Climate change threatens people with food and water scarcity, increased flooding, extreme heat, more disease, and economic loss. Human migration and conflict can also be a result.