Fridays For Future has claimed this Friday afternoon “climate justice” with a sitting in the center of Barcelona, in the framework of the concentrations that the environmental movement has organized in cities around the world.
The protest has brought together more than one a hundred people in the central lane of Passeig de Gràcia, that has been cordoned off with fences as a security measure against Covid-19.
The protesters have claimed that “there is no planet B” and have defended in a manifesto the importance of mobilizing for the climate, especially after a pandemic that has highlighted the pre-existing global crisis.
“The virus is not the cause, but the consequence of a deep systemic crisis, and it represents a change in context that we are just beginning to understand,” they declared.
Ecologists have also focused part of their demands in the field of work: “We cannot sustain a model that precarious and destroys lives, territories and ecosystems. We want a labor model that advances towards a real decarbonization, which involves reducing production and consumption of materials and energies “.
Greta Thunberg in Stockholm
In Stockholm, protesters gathered in front of Parliament, where the young militant Greta Thunberg began its fight against climate change two years ago. Surrounded by a dozen activists, the 17-year-old girl asked “to increase the pressure on those in power.” “We have to treat the climate crisis as a crisis, it is as simple as that,” she continued, with her famous sign “Skolstrejk för klimatet” (“School strike for climate”) in hand and wearing a mask.
Since her return to Sweden after a sabbatical year to defend the climate cause throughout the world, Greta Thunberg resumed her custom of settling in the entrances of Parliament every Friday morning. In Sweden, around 250 events were planned with a limit of 50 participants each, according to the sanitary restrictions in force in the country.
More than 2,000 kilometers from the Swedish capital, in the Arctic, Mya-Rose Craig, an 18-year-old ornithologist known as “birdgirl”, is probably the northernmost activist who joined the day of mobilizations.
The young woman, with a banner “Youth Strike for Climate” (Youth Strike for Climate) in hand, according to photos released by the NGO Greenpeace and taken on September 20, demonstrated in the Norwegian archipelago of Svalbard, on the front line of the climate change.
From Iceland to Australia to Jamaica, more than 3,000 shares were expected worldwide on Friday. In Vienna, 6,000 protesters according to the organizers, 2,500 according to the police, demonstrated despite bad weather. In Germany alone, there were more than 400 planned demonstrations, according to “Fridays for future.”
In Hamburg, more than 6,000 people participated in this first mobilization against climate change for several months, according to the police. In Cologne, it was 7,000, in Freiburg, 6,000 and in Bonn, 3,000, according to police counts.
However, local authorities had limited the number of participants in several cities due to the covid-19 pandemic. In Munich, the large demonstration that was planned was finally canceled due to the high infection rate in the Bavarian capital, and was replaced by a concentration of 500 participants.