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17 Apr 2020, 13:42
Julian Wettengel

German Fridays for Future takes climate strike online

Clean Energy Wire

Amid the coronavirus crisis, German Fridays for Future student climate activists are focusing on online activities for the announced Global Climate Strike on 24 April. The protesters are planning a livestream with concerts, celebrity guests and different formats for people to get involved. “In times of the coronavirus we take responsibility and stay at home. But the climate crisis continues - so does our protest,” said activist Annika Rittmann. An alliance of German environmental NGOs, including Friends of the Earth (BUND), Greenpeace and Campact, has announced its support for the online strike under the hashtag #NetzstreikFürsKlima. Aside from supporting jobs and value creation, the NGOs demand that stimulus packages which are introduced now must also support climate action. 

The outbreak of the novel coronavirus in Germany and the rest of the world means that the weekly Fridays for Future (FfF) protests for greater climate action are suspended for the foreseeable future. University student Luisa Neubauer, who has become a well-known face of the movement in Germany, had said that FfF will now work on establishing different forms of protest, primarily through online-based activities.

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