German Fridays for Future activists called on Wednesday for further climate demonstrations, including a “climate strike” early next month, as a follow-up to the recent protests aimed at stopping coal mining around the village of Lützerath.
The action on March 3 would be to demand policies that appropriately respond to the threat of climate change, said Pauline Brünger, a spokesperson for the movement.
“Fossil energies destroy,” Brünger said. “Lützerath is an example of this, but the list of the government’s failings on climate policy is long.” She called for “radical change in all sectors” to implement the 2015 Paris Climate Agreement, a legally binding treaty which set goals on limiting climate change.
Fridays for Future has in the past called repeatedly for international protests. In September 2022, tens of thousands protested in Germany and in other countries.
Police have finished clearing protesters, including Swedish activist Greta Thunberg, from the abandoned village of Lützerath. The village is being demolished to make way for a lignite open-cast mine. Energy company RWE owns the Lützerath site and it has now been completely fenced off.