The streets of Frankfurt have not seen anything like it for a long time. The conservative financial centre of Germany, saw an estimated 15,000 people take to the streets demanding action on climate.
Just 6 weeks before the election there, the action is helping set the agenda to show politicians that people want action on climate change and the role of finance is not going to be ignored.
Fridays for Future protesters marched past the European Central Bank headquarters to challenge the role the financial sector plays in climate change.
Climate activist Luisa Neubauer said:
“Financial institutions around here keep funding the climate crisis and there is no political plan to stop them”
Protesters held banners with messages such as “Planet over profit,” “Don’t burn our future” and “Stop investing in climate killers”.
Outside the Deutsche Bank twin towers, two masked protesters wearing masks burnt a large effigy of the bank’s logo.
When the rain started falling the protestors were not deterred and instead made the most of the sound system and had a block party in the rain!
With the election only a few weeks out, Fridays for Future will keep pressuring candidates to come out in support of an economy that is not focused on people and resource exploitation, but on social and ecological needs.
It’s three years since their first strike and they are not going to stop.
Euro News: Climate change protest in Frankfurt targets financial sector https://www.euronews.com/green/2021/08/14/climate-change-protest-in-frankfurt-targets-financial-sector
Fridays for Future https://fridaysforfuture.org/