Thousands march in Germany demanding climate action
Activists call for €100B ($97B) fund to fight climate crisis, social injustice, and invest in renewable energies
Climate activists staged protests in more than 250 German towns and cities on Friday, demanding urgent action to tackle global warming.
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.