tv Reporter Deutsche Welle March 18, 2019 9:45am-10:01am CET
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 horn in pittsburgh in northern germany and he's hoping for a big turnout. oh. right no i or what are our. oh ok 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 future climate strike a generation of high school students taking to the streets graded to barrack their role model is due to come to be on all 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 most of us might not have but it could be a bit louder yeah definitely. canada is sixteen years old and first got involved in the fridays for a future initiative three months ago he set up a group for his district if in a bag 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. i was bored and. i'm young older from pin a bag i'm going to take you along to the demo in hamburg enjoy a few smiles. and initial photo documents the huge crowds the instagram account has more than fifty thousand followers only once a photo of gratitude to post he's hoping to talk to or to my dismay that's gretta i want to get a photo of the. guard stand around her to hold back the crowds. gretchen is
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. ok guys let the man through. it is to speak at the rally normally in 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. 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. care for 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're here so things finally change. smile. to one. everyone we're reporting live from the train and we're just on our way back from hamburg the demo was amazing with nearly ten thousand people. i credit was there too 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 polish annoyance minds of the. luna young ola and james are representing their cities in the fridays for future movement. and they are certainly in demand. at this job because i had an invitation today to eat pizza with the social democrats parliamentary party leader. but i turned it down because i needed to pack up and so on it's just business like being when they invite you to eat a piece or is it just to 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 are important attending conferences and rallies it's
a whole new role for them in. the off. time. the conference starts with a game to get to know each other. but. i doubt. 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 of them feel like a lone voice. in the us you know it's funny only one in our school who's even slightly motivated to do something about climate change so i'm here to take a stand and start a business. but i. 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 press and politicians they also brainstorm for new ideas. so coming up here you can easily spend an entire weekend just on this do you think you can fathom what you were chief of more than in several weeks' worth of what's up chats what. a few days later i visit yarnell 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 is 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. that be my guess.
as of 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 yarnall 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 would need. 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 visor gannett 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 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. of the balance for. 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 if the desired mycenae i'd say that most of the students at the protests don't want to just miss school gotti offensiveness the voice they
want to do something for their future. that's what's important to them on the shelf you've got many of them have read up a lot of climate policy to find out what they can do themselves and what the politicians need to do from what i was depleted to. the strikes are proving a challenge for schools all over the world that young all is school virtually all the older students were missing on the last strike day 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. to 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 he has no help 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 or would i but i think there are limits and we would have to impose some kind of sanctions so that we don't have a scenario where we only have
a four day school week when we feel tired. but on this friday the strike went ahead at nine am this students gathered at the local market instead of going to school. they marched along with four kilometer route through the town hall a set the pace for the school students and a number of adults to watch the match i ask why you joined the march. on the course 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. we're delighted that the young people are so dedicated. yet yet that task on friday i should table i that the students stop at a local school and challenge the students there to join them right there hoping to further swell the crowd. and sure enough
a number of them come along. others are more interested in enjoying their break time. the set is 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 oh oh oh oh oh oh oh oh oh oh oh oh oh oh. oh oh oh i'm across the 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 guy. 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 oh marching for the climate and the future of the planet.
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