Swedish climate activist Greta Thunberg is coming to Hamburg for a school strike for climate protection next week. As Thunberg’s father Svante confirmed to SPIEGEL, the 17-year-old will take part in the “Fridays for Future” rally on February 21.
“Hamburg chooses climate” is the motto of the planned large-scale demonstration. “Fridays for Future” wants to make a political statement two days before the next Sunday election. The only state election this year is a “climate election”, writes the Hamburg local group in the call for a rally. “We are calling on Hamburg politicians, regardless of the party, to implement our demands and to revise the climate plan.”
Most recently, the SPD led the Mayor’s First Mayor, Peter Tschentscher, followed by the Greens with top candidate Katharina Fegebank.
Hamburg is a stronghold of young climate protectors. At least 70,000 and 30,000 people attended the large “Fridays for Future” demonstrations in September and November 2019, respectively. “Fridays for Future” has never had such big events in Germany this year; in many places there has been no recent strike. The rally with Thunberg on Friday in a week will show how well the movement can still mobilize its followers. It starts at 2:00 p.m. on the Heiligengeistfeld in the St. Pauli district.