60,000-Strong Fridays For Future Protest In Hamburg, Germany: Where Are You USA?

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Above photo: Participants of a Fridays for Future climate demonstration parade through Hamburg, Germany on Feb. 21, 2020. Two days before the state elections in Hamburg on 23 February, thousands took to the streets for a different climate policy. (Photo: Axel Heimken/picture alliance via Getty Images)

“What is it going to take for the U.S. to rise up like this?”

U.S.-based youth climate activists on Friday drew attention to the climate protest in Hamburg, Germany, where organizers said roughly 60,000 people took part, and hoped that Americans took inspiration from their European counterparts.

Among those taking part in the large Fridays for Future action in the northern German city was school strike for climate founder Greta Thunberg of Sweden.

Fridays for Future organizer Alexandria Villaseñor of New York City shared Thunberg’s tweet showing the massive crowd and asked, “Where are you USA?”

“The United States needs these types of numbers on a regular basis,” said Jerome Foster II, a high school senior and Fridays for Future organizer in Washington, D.C.

“What is it going to take for the U.S. to rise up like this?” wondered the Durham, N.C. branch of Extinction Rebellion. “We are in a climate catastrophe and people around the world, particularly in the global south are facing the brunt NOW!  January 2020 was the warmest since we’ve recorded temperatures.”

Thunberg, who’s in her 79th week of Fridays for Future actions, noted in her remarks to the Hamburg crowd that the weekly actions have spread globally.

“For almost one and half years young people have been striking from school all over the world,” she said.

“The world is failing on ensuring us a future. And I honestly don’t understand how the people in power can continue like now. How they can look their children in the eyes while they are stealing their future?” she asked.

“We are facing an existential crisis,” said Thunberg, “but we must keep on pushing.”

While the Hamburg march drew attention for it size Friday, other youth-led climate actions took place in communities across the globe, which many documented on social media:

Villaseñor, in a Friday tweet sharing the climate action she spearheaded in New York, underscored her steadfastness in her demand for urgent and bold action to tackle the ecological crisis.

“It’s cold, we’re tired, and we’re not stopping,” she wrote.

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  • voza0db

    Talking about Germany…

    I bet ALL these 60,000 are onboard with TESLA cutting down tens of thousands of Trees to build another green factory!

    The Higher Administrative Court for Berlin-Brandenburg ordered Tesla to stop clearing trees on the wooded site near Berlin until it considers an environmental group’s appeal. In a statement Sunday, the court said it had to issue the injunction because otherwise Tesla might have completed the work over the next three days.“!

    Luckily for TESLA&Musk only some 250 protesters are against the Tree cutting so it will resume in no time!

    If only these were Amazonian Trees!

  • voza0db

    It’s the trend nowadays!

  • voza0db

    Well… Fresh GOOD news from Germany Musk & Tesla can continue to cut Trees without any problem!

    I already see the trend here! Less Trees more Electrical Cars… For a better future!



  • pajarito

    How can we look each other in the eye, we US babyboomers, who drank the “american aream” kool-Aid of things, of inequality and pretense; addicted to our fossil fuels and plastics that are killing everything including us. So stop burning fossil fuels now, find a way! Throw the corruption out of government and elect women and minorities. Take to the streets to strike 4 climate! NOW!

  • Jon

    It is imperative to find a way to RETROFIT existing internal combustion engines to electric ,to USE the already built cars and not let them rot while new elecrtic ones are built.