tv Reporter Deutsche Welle March 18, 2019 6:02am-6:16am CET
this is the last damn cry for help of a whole generation feel. ya know linder is calling for better climate protection policies he's joining tens of thousands of young people all over the world the protest movement was inspired by sixteen year old political activist gratitude bag from sweden. the goal to force politicians to take action on climate change you know lindner is planning to take the protests to his small hometown of elms horan in pittsburgh in northern germany and he's hoping for a big turnout. for. right now are that i or r r i. o c yes we turn the clock back two weeks. oh my god there might be an owner and his friends luna and james ought to be at school right now instead they're in hamburg for their fridays for a future climate strike a generation of high school students taking to the streets graded to beric their
role model is due to come to you on only is also looking forward to meeting her. everything that's looking at the posters you can see that many are here because of climate change. or the fact that they're not just wanting to skip school or see gretta obviously some just want to see gretta but most are here to call for action on the climate of the smile but it could be a bit louder yes definitely. yes all is sixteen years old and first got involved in the fridays for future initiative three months ago he set up a group for his district if. during the hamburg rally it's his job to report for the group's instagram account. so how's it going you're gonna school good the first story has already had thirty nine hundred views. on young old from put it back i'm going to take you along to the demo in hamburg enjoy your
. wells. and initial photos documents the huge crowds the instagram account has more than fifty thousand followers on all at once a photo of gratitude to post he's hoping to talk to or to. say that's great i want to get a photo. card stand around her to hold back the crowds as a huge role model for everyone here she's been on strike every friday for more than six months now. and oleg gets his photo. and for us journalists there is a chance to squeeze in a quick interview with the young star. what is your impression about the stomach's ration here and i think it's very big and it's very very fun to be here with all these people i'm very proud to stand with the german students here because they have made history become very huge gemini and i think that's very good. for the hey guys let the man through. it is to speak at the rally normally he'd have an english
lessons on a friday morning now he's about to address a crowd of thousands he just has a few more seconds to study his speech then he's on. one good morning i'm really glad to be here. from the pretty big district it's so cool to see so many people here demonstrating for more action on climate change. or you put it it's pretty depressing how politicians are ignoring our demands. but i promise you we can do this because we're not just another climate initiative a movement we're the last dam cry for help of a whole generation that did not feel i. can germany's traffic policy and agricultural policy is a joke just like the german government's climate protection policy in general
that's why we. here some things finally change. that smile. to one kind of night everyone we're reporting live from the train and we're just on our way back from hamburg i like the demo it was amazing with nearly ten thousand people. great it was there to be caught a glimpse of her it was great now we're even more motivated and refined and now we're going to berlin for the power on conferences where we'll be meeting with others from all over germany to make plans for the future no one's mind sometimes it's. luna young ola and james are representing their cities in the fridays for future movement. and they are certainly in demand. at least i had an invitation today to eat pizza with the social democrats parliamentary party leader the but i turned it down because i needed to patch it up . it's just isn't it like being when they invite you to eat
a piece or is it just the discussions as if it's a discussion group they always do it apparently pizza party politics with. a few months ago they were just regular school students now they're important attending conferences and rallies it's a whole new role for them in. the. heart of the conference starts with the game to get to know each other. that. the conference is very practical the first subject how to respond when schools don't cooperate. i just heard from the school director you've all got to stay behind after class. as there are no groups representing fridays for future all over the world in germany they're active in more than three hundred towns and villages
still many. have them feel like a lone voice. in the us you know trying the only one in our school who's even slightly motivated to do something about climate change so i'm here to take a stand. that doesn't. normally the activists keep in touch through whatsapp and video conferences most of them only know each other from the internet now in small groups they discuss how to organize the strikes and how to deal with the poorest and politicians they also brainstorm for new ideas. for coming up and you can easily spend an entire weekend just on this do you think you can fathom what you achieve more than in several weeks worth of what's up chats what ever said. a few days later i visit you i know it at home he's supposed to be doing homework for biology but fridays for a future keeps getting in the way. he's preparing for the next big demo it's being
organized through chat groups. since coming out of school two hours ago he's received more than seventy new messages on his phone. here in forty groups yeah that'd be my guess. i was off i got this phone in december and since then i've received one hundred nine thousand messages. in less than three months the sixteen year old has changed from a regular teenager to a full blown environmental activist you know his mother supports the protests but it's not always easy. you know when can we eat at five there's a telephone conference at six there's another telephone conference at seven the next one will be made he has to have ten minutes somewhere in between when he can eat with his family. feeling.
in the last few months dinner conversations have centered largely on environmental issues and all his family only buys organic food and eats meat just once a week but giving up the car has proved too difficult for the family living here in the countryside. little comedy because he keeps telling us it's not good and he's right that i have to drive a lot for my job and my car is bigger than it needs to be which i'm now ashamed of but i drive forty thousand kilometers a year from my job so there's conflicting priorities. monitors from his fellow. preparations for the big international action day and all and his fellow activists are hoping to get five hundred students out on the streets in their small town. two hundred demonstrations have been registered throughout germany thousands of posters have been painted and posted on instagram registering the demo organizing suitable
loudspeakers handing out flyers it all takes time the young activists are investing many hours of their free time and still some politicians accuse them of simply wanting to skip school. as a result of the mycenaeans i say that most of the students at the protests don't want to just miss school gunney with friends and as the boys they want to do something for their future. that's what's important to them on the field of many of them have read up a lot on climate policy to find out what they can do themselves and what the politicians need to do from a kind of what i was to return to. the strikes are proving a challenge for schools all over the world at young all as school virtually all the older students were missing on the last strike today they have to catch up on what they've missed but it's not marked as an absence in their school report. not all german schools are taking a relaxed approach. school director niels hold who's in understands his students'
commitment and up until know the strikes have only been happening every few weeks. when the. dust if the op a school was empty every single friday then we'd have to think about want to do. that we would i would all be down but i think there are limits and we would have to impose some kind of sanctions or that we don't have a scenario where we only have a four day school week and will theatre. but on this friday the strike went ahead at nine am the students gathered at the local market instead of going to school. they marched along with four kilometer route through the town hall is set the pace for the school students and a number of adults too. can i ask why you've joined the march. on because my daughter has no time she's gone. exams coming up. if we think it's good that we've come from kind of their former teachers here we totally support it.
because we're delighted that the young people are so dedicated to. yes yes that task ok but i should table i that the students stop at a local school and challenge the students there to join them that they're hoping to further swell the crowd. and sure enough a number of them come along. others are more interested in enjoying their break time. i said it's mega so far it's exceeded all our expectations and way more people than last time more people are coming from each school says island of i'm it's an amazing atmosphere totally awesome i just can't stop smiling right now what was the oh oh oh oh oh oh oh oh oh oh oh oh oh oh oh oh oh oh oh oh oh oh i'm a crucial bit of can i just have your attention we've counted up and we have over five hundred people here that's mega you're all amazing yes i die.
in the end the pain of that march reaches nearly a thousand people worldwide students and adults in one hundred twenty three countries took part in the strike marching for the climate and the future of the planet. small scale instantly or be changed to suit the people making it possible eco africa. fantastic right. as they set out to say fire. and learn from one another. and. together for a church. is good enough for. w. . earth
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