BERLIN: Ahead of federal elections, climate change activists are swarming the streets in Germany. The Federal elections will take place on Sunday, with climate change as the central theme.
Greta Thunberg, the Swedish teen climate activist, is spearheading the climate activist rallies. The activists want people in power to limit the rise in global temperatures to 1.5 degrees celcius and stop Germany’s coal power use by 2030 instead of 2038.
While addressing the rallies, Greta has said that “no party is doing enough” Germany has faced many catastrophic results of climate change this year. In July, western Germany faced record-breaking floods, which led to the death of more than 180 people.
Friday, Under the banner of the “Friday for the future” campaign, protests and rallies were organized in around 470 German towns and cities.
The Green party is at third position in polls with 15 % share, followed by Centre-right Christian Democrats at 22% share on the second position and The center-left Socialist Democrats at the first position with 25% share.
Germany has fallen short of limiting warming to a maximum of 2 degree Celcius above pre-industrial levels again and again, which it pledged to do by signing the 2015 Paris accord.
In April, the highest level German Court ruled that current climate change laws and regulations are inadequate and violate the fundamental freedom of the younger generation by burdening them with the responsibility of curbing C02 emissions.
Greta Thunberg said, “It is clearer than ever that no political party is doing close to enough. But it’s even worse than that. Not even their proposed commitments are close to being in line with what would be needed to fulfill the Paris agreement,” while addressing a rally on Friday.
Greta urged the masses of about 100,000 people to be active citizens and go out on the streets, saying that voting is essential but not enough.