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Wellington, Vienna, Stockholm or New Delhi: Hundreds of thousands of mostly young people have demonstrated around the world this Friday for more climate protection. In Germany, the "Fridays for Future" protests were slightly smaller than in the past week, in other countries for all the bigger.
According to the organizers alone, more than one million people gathered on the streets in Italy alone - reaffirming the demands of Swedish climate activist Greta Thunberg. With chants like "With Greta we save the planet", the protesters in Rome moved about two kilometers through the city to the ancient center between the Imperial Forum and the Coliseum. The expectations were clearly exceeded, it was said.
Also from Turin, Florence, Cagliari, Bari and Bolzano demonstrations were reported, each with thousands of participants. In Naples, students took slogans such as "We want a hot pizza, but not a hot planet" on the streets. In Vienna it said: "I want a hot date, but not a hot planet".
"Our city will feel the terrible consequences"
Mallorca experienced the biggest climate protection rally since the beginning of the "Fridays for Future" movement. At least 5,000 protesters wearing billboards bearing the inscriptions "The World Dies" and "We're Fighting Our Future" marched across the Spanish holiday island, police said, supported by Palma Mayor José Hila.
In a letter published on Twitter, Hila called on citizens and businesses to join the fight against climate change. Climate change and its consequences are "becoming clearer every day," the politician said, warning: "Our city, located directly on the coast, will undoubtedly experience the terrible consequences of rising sea levels."
Teacher unions STEI and UOB had called on the island's teachers to stop teaching at 11:00 to allow the students to attend the rally. Demonstrations for more climate protection took place on Friday in many other cities in Spain.
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Greta effect in Germany greater than in Sweden
Around noon in the Swedish homeland of Greta Thunberg tens of thousands of people gathered in Uppsala, Malmö, Umeå and Stockholm to demonstrate for more climate protection. Here, in the Swedish capital, the then 15-year-old schoolgirl had launched the climate protests a year ago only - as they skipped every Friday from August 2018 school and instead with a sign "School strike for the climate" in front of the Swedish Parliament ,
Thunberg was thus the decisive impetus for the now international "Fridays for Future" movement. For months above all students took part in it, meanwhile also many adults have joined. In Germany, the rallies are particularly popular. Here, according to an opinion poll, the Greta effect on the climate awareness of the population is still slightly larger than in Sweden.
According to a survey by the Ipsos Institute on behalf of the newspaper "Dagens Nyheter", 17 percent of Swedes surveyed said that they had been heavily influenced by Thunberg's message about their personal views on climate and environmental issues. The survey was conducted before Thunberg's much-acclaimed Wutrede at the UN climate summit on Monday in New York.
In an ARD Germany trend just over a month ago, a total of 24 percent of respondents said Thunberg and the movement Fridays for Future had a strong or very strong impact on the climate issue.
Thunberg himself was not in Stockholm on Friday - she traveled to the United States over a month ago at several climate summits across the Atlantic. On Friday she wanted to attend a rally in Montreal, Canada.
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