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skoal to protest outside her country's parliament calling for strong climate action there's a ton of friday's future campaign quickly spread across we amend the world today those kids brought their parents along for a global climate strike so they're all shouting but it's any government listening i'm phil go about it this is the day. any governmental action taken since last friday and that means that we're going to keep fighting for this state i believe that we deserve. the eat. it is real and it. doesn't matter. it's really important. that i make a difference it is our duty to. start i don't think anyone
needs to be in this state this is for your future this is preexistence in business or your life if you're not here you'll receive your time wherever you are in the boy days ago. now millions of people around the world have taken part in strikes and rallies calling for action on climate change ahead of a key un summit next week australia hosted some of the very 1st demonstrations with similar protests unfolding across our around 50 countries these events are the culmination of a series of weekly climate strikes around the world that began with the fridays for future movement started by swedish teenager gratitude by. the largest global climate protest the world has ever seen that's what organizers have been calling today's wave of strikes for the planet. student demonstrators have been turning out in and millions some of the 1st rallies can. off in australia.
the quarry row in the front lines of climate change you know it's already happening it's not waiting for it to happen or you know a matter of time it's already well i say in school i'm learning about the effects of climate change and i'm learning that we need to do something yes i'm seeing that the people in charge and the people who are running our country on doing anything. this is the 1st time some joins the climate strikes on such a significant scale like here in hong kong parents have also been taking part. in it i think this is such a peaceful protest that it's only fair to show them that we're all part of this and that it's ok that they fight for their future to. follow in thailand hundreds of young protesters storms the environment ministry before dropping to the ground to play dead saying that will be the feature if governments don't act now.
i. change in india have also been he's an activist gratitude and bugs rallying cry to take to the streets to fend off and foreign mental disaster. they like millions of children around the world hope that the adults in power hear their cools and take action to save the planet for feature generations. demonstrations there in australia hong kong thailand and india let's say a closer look at the day's events in the indian capital but they doubly correspondents when you're falling in delhi. the asian capital a group of people including students who are skip classes are out on the streets demanding action on climate change they're demonstrating in front of the ministry of open affairs and housing and that's because this protest is intended to draw
attention to india's rapidly growing cities which are reeling from extreme air pollution and heat waves studies show that human induced climate activity please the big goal here the students here are demanding the policymakers take steps to cut carbon emissions to move away from possibly wills and police climate issues at the center of city planning policies to tackle what they say is a climate emergency. on your folly. it was day of protest in europe as well tens of thousands of kids skip school for a day to lend their voices to the calls for action on climate change. make love not plastic thousands tread the streets of warsaw as part of what's claimed to be the biggest global climate protest the world has ever seen yet was right was. the global push to save the planet his history in the making with protesters demanding a better future for generations to come. in the irish
capital dublin students skip school to join the global crisis change marching across the city in a unified call for action now. and in sweden the same with parents allowing their children to step outside the school gates in stock home for a day of positive rather than climate change. out of course germany saw its share of protests an estimated 270000 people joined the march in the capital well. it is a measure of life and death nothing less this is how many of those demonstrating here in berlin see it when it comes to global warming these protesters are standing on melting ice blocks. here for what i want to demonstrate so that things get
better now and won't be destroyed in 30 or 40 years ports. yes she does and i want things to change i want us to do more and talk less. this time it's not only the young protesting for more climate protection some proud their parents and grandparents people of all ages demonstrating here in the heart of the lane they are asking the german government to really take measures against global warming but many here doubt that things would really change for the better. the german branch of the worldwide freitas for future movement has organized this protest they're asking the german government to completely switch to renewable energy by 2035 and sure respect the goals of the paris agreement they're getting support from hundreds of entrepreneurs. yes entrepreneurs have to promote climate protection it isn't right that become police work out of backroom climate that
won't change things this is about our children our grandchildren about my life. better are good business better if we focused on humans and the environment and not just profit. demonstrators here do not only ask businesses and the german government to do more they see climate change as a global phenomenon that has to be tackled internationally in a joint effort so there's no dissonance in germany but all over the well's many things are going very wrong the classes are melting there will be more floods. many here say that germany as a rich and technically advanced country has to take the lead regarding climate protection. right ok. and i asked at the top of the show whether any governments were listening to those protests looks as though the german government today the partners in the governing
coalition finalized a major climate protection package to barack. overnight negotiations german chancellor i got back oh announced the deal between her conservatives and the social democrats it includes incentives for buying electric cars and measures to help households transition from using heating oil. it's all about the future germany's government presented its climate package in berlin's brand new museum for to come to museum of questions about the future its message it has heard and understood the package is touted as a major step at the start chancellor merkel admitted that germany will not reach its climate goals in 2020 but said it will by 2030. commish it is. very important to me that the document we are presenting today communicates that 1st of all we believe we can reach the targets and that we really have set the foundation for doing so. the goal is to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by 55
percent as compared to $990.00 levels germany is still far off that target and this is how the government plans to catch up by 2030. climate changing carbon dioxide will be priced petrol and heating oil will cost more however commuters will get some tax relief flying will become more expensive through higher carbon tax train travel will be cheaper through reduced value added tax on tickets and the faltering development of green electricity is to be quick and p.r. months we have also results not just to set things in motion but to keep an eye on it all to carry out a kind of monitoring which we understand to be within the framework of the climate protection law so we can see how we are progressing. uncle americal seems to be on the defensive and was quick to nip criticism in the bad. side of politico this is where politics and science disagree and impatient young people to politics
is about that which is possible. if the german government plans to invest 54000000000 euros to slow climate warming over the next 4 years without stacking up any new debt. so let's take a closer look at that german move out of matters arising from today's and global climate strike with the chief political correspondent linda crane and alexandra rights and he's a policy adviser with the independent climate change a think tank a 3 g. he's an expert on german and e.u. climate and energy policy welcome both let's start with you. this dramatic announcement from the german government is this a response to growing environmental awareness or is it is this them trying to green germany's green party who've been doing well i think both there was a poll released today nationwide showing that 2 thirds of germans say they think that action on climate on the climate crisis is more important than economic growth
2 thirds that's a pretty strong number. of thing well so we go that's really going to go on there has been a decided shift toward the green party s. specially in cities so there is definitely pressure on this government to act and that the chancellor is due to speak at the climate action summit in the united nations on monday and she really needs to go there with something to say because germany is falling drastically short of its climate goals for 2020 so she's promising they're going to meet them by 2030 but the fact is if you ask me about the shift to the green party there is not a single voter who shifted who would be won back by this package is too little too piecemeal so she has to weigh the flag but nobody's watching. rights aside would you agree with milind of this is this an announcement with celebrating i do nothing this is an announcement of celebrating i think there are
a lot of thing criminal steps there are some hopeful steps in the right direction but it's not the big breakthrough so it's not enough to reach the domestic kemet targets for example or even the international incitement targets so what's holding the german government back. i think it was it was along the coast nation process it's a grand coalition there's a lot of lowest common denominator between the 2 big parties there's a lot of political pressure on the one side of course from fighters for futures and others but there's also a lot of concern about jobs about energy security and other issues yet what about the 1000000 there because the we we've heard from the challenge of the ok politics is about what is possible we know that germany is all about the car very much invested in coal mining as well so is it is it the conservatives that are holding this process back both the conservatives or holding it back in the sense that indeed they are looking toward industry industry did not want to see an ambitious
carbon pricing mechanism introduced here what this package does do it will introduce carbon pricing that's good but all experts were agreed if there's going to be a carbon price it would need to be at least $35.00 euros a tonne to make any difference in people's behavior the mechanism they're introducing will begin at a level far below that so they're a cautious now that is all about industry industry wanted subsidies for green technologies rather than a carbon price and they've got quite a few of those in this package on the other hand the social democrats are also always running a bit scared because they're very concerned about losing especially working class voters if they feel the pinch on their pocketbooks and to some degree they will because this will raise prices for gasoline for diesel so all of the politicians today were very careful to say but don't worry it's not going to hurt too much because we're going to give you a rebate we're going to up your tax breaks for commuters and so on and so forth so
they give with one hand take away. it's the same with the of the politics of it because what we've seen elections here in germany in the states of brandy and socks and whether they have to the right wing. if they would do well not as well as people predicted but have done well and one of the big issues was coal mining absolutely and the far right tends to be either in climate denial or certainly in denial about any form of ambitious policies to try to address the climate crisis and there's concern among the conservatives that they could lose voters to the right wing's so we have this grand coalition of really often uncomfortable bedfellows with both mainstream parties believing support to smaller parties the right wing greens and therefore really unwilling to take bold action and that essentially is what the chancellor was saying when she says politics is the
art of the possible but frankly leadership needs to become possible as well and we're not seeing that from this coalition so. what do you think the calm and the government is any government like it's a to do to stand up to business on an issue like this i think it would stand up yes i think we're seeing right now between the 2 big part in this is that they cannot agree on a specific direction they have very different ideas of what is the right way to do climate politics it's a strong innovation focused on the other side as a stronger regulatory focus so i think what the polls say at the moment for example is. an alliance between the conservatives and the cream party would certainly have a different direction and look. different priorities and pick up if you would on melinda's point about the right wing politics of it how does the government so the future how does a government so green policies to communities who would be devastated by the
closure of dirty industries i think the coal face debate in germany is a good example of what is called commission set up and they came up with this compromise difficult face up at 2038 but there is also a big investment package for the regions. it's investment in infrastructure and social security system in retraining mechanisms and i think this is the right way to go it was very expensive there are issues around it but basically it's thinking around this just from system for regions and effective purposes it's the right but it's a do great just to back off and says this can't only be about addressing the climate crisis it has to be about climate justice we have to make sure and the chancellor said this too today we have to bring people along we have to convince them that what's for the common good is also in their own interest but again this package of measures will not affect behavior to the degree that it needs to do if it's
going to have the kind of impact that the government wants to have they say they want to meet their 2030 goals and those are ambitious 55 percent reduction over c o 2 levels from 1990 that does require decisive action you've both been very critical of this package really a time final word to you alexander if it's not good enough should they have both it they should have but that probably i mean we have frighted for future on the streets we have more than a 1000000 people in this with the political pressure is extremely high i think this is not the last step this is only the 1st step for them i mean it is important because we have the new york climate summit but i think this conversation will be ongoing for months and months and months well thank you both for joining us how does underwrite the sun from a 3 g. the d w chief political correspondent linda cross. the immense of behind these friday protest was created by 16 year old gretta to embark
on her fridays for future strikes she travelled to be united states a few weeks ago ahead of next week's un not climate summit it was her appeal that energized the young people and spurred them into action. why do we love god why do we want. scientists and veyron mental organizations and politicians have been trying for years to make the climate a matter of urgency in vain. 16 year old clinton has done it to him bird braved the open sea on a 2 week voyage aboard a yacht from europe to the u.s. to bring her message to the american president a self-proclaimed climate skeptic in person the media follow the trip closely. the climate an ecological crisis is a global crisis and the biggest crisis you manage he has to face and if we don't manage to work together to cooperate and to work together despite our
differences then we will fail so we need to. to stand together and support each other. and to take action it all started about a year ago every friday got into a protest in front of the swedish parliament and in so doing spark the fridays for future movement just a few months later the schoolgirl mobilized millions of people for the climate suddenly young people all over the world took to the streets like here in india. and mexico. or in australia. or in europe. after her arrival in new york at the end of august to in back made it clear at a meeting with u.n. general assembly president many espinosa the she hoped the upcoming climate gathering would lead to concrete action you are coming to be some kind of break. in. where people start to realize what's going on and.
so we have high expectations. and the sense to. now turn back is counting on the support of her fellow campaigners all over the world and when you find that. south africa also joined in today's global climate protest this march took place in johannesburg protesters combust on the country's constitutional court to demand action on climate change and other fridays for a future ma which took place in cape town because. chris was that i spoke with one of the organizers. so we're here with the right no one south african students who came out of the organizers of today's protests in cape town. today thank you today because you're protesting for climate change you want climate action in south
africa to stop when the governments you hear our voices wanting to take action against climate change do you think the government so far is really. acknowledged the problem and done enough he hasn't got is the problem because the so in term to me didn't strike cancel your knowledge i think gave us a shout out but now it's kind of disappointing to see that he's not actually going to go to new york for the united nations emergency climate emergency that just tells us that he does not care about this problem and he doesn't really care how much is affecting the people of south africa so the sooner just one explanation is the speech of the nation address and you're talking of the president. gave us a sound out of the slogan but is not going to do anything since the south africa has been affected by this climate disaster we have a serious drought here and cape town do you think it's going to be worse in the future yes it's definitely going to be worse and the poor will be affected and they'll get even more when the vulnerable in our societies have become even more civilian effected by climate change generally speaking this continent is one of the most affected when we've seen a lot of climate disasters and was a bigger cyclons for example yet we don't see such a massive crowd compared to other countries why do you think more people are going
on the streets to protest i feel like most people don't understand climate change they don't really know if it's true or not in people or people of color who live in poor disadvantaged communities they do want to be here but they called because it's so far probably did live and the particular train is not do you think the fans actually come and support us when we know that there are supporting us back home thank you very much thank you. increase reporter a rising sea levels are one of the major life threatening effects of climate change in cities in asia being worst according to what estimates 4 out of every 5 people will be impacted by rising sea levels by 2050 but in places like. southern pakistan the effects are already being felt. in the coastal region of banda houses lie a band and and rice fields lie said madge beneath the water. the rising sea level has changed the area into
a swamp and operated families who've lived here for generations. but ward what i got on our previous home was flooded we had to move to save ourselves from the ocean. the area was once a thriving agricultural hub now the submerged remains of the rice mill are a tragic reminder of what once was. there was fast agriculture in all of the surrounding areas when the fresh water of the river in this used to reach here rice was the primary crop and the red rice of this area was very famous. flooding isn't the only problem encroaching sea water has started to contaminate the groundwater and it's rendering fertile agricultural land further inland to use less to. it's had a devastating impact on the local population many of whom are now depend on fishing to earn a living
a competitive industry that's not as profitable as it once was. at the national institute of oceanography scientists are monitoring developments with concern its director general says pakistan's entire coastline is at the risk of being flooded because of what's happening miles and miles away. there's no learn was between. northern arabian sea so if anything just because of the climate change your climber sure it is getting the road is pretty hard. to work for. and this is. karate is protected by a seawall that keeps the ocean from encroaching but a nearby rural areas many people feel that they are left to their own devices to protect their homes the ocean has already reached new house as well.
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