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'Make The Climate A Priority Again,' Says Germany's Student Activist Neubauer

Added 07-03-20 08:07:02am EST - “NPR sits down with Germany's prominent youth climate activist to discuss lessons from the coronavirus and next steps for the movement.” - Npr.org

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Posted By TheNewsCommenter: From Npr.org: “'Make The Climate A Priority Again,' Says Germany's Student Activist Neubauer”. Below is an excerpt from the article.

Luisa-Marie Neubauer of Fridays for Future takes part in a demonstration in front of the Brandenburg Gate in Berlin on June 2. The protest took place while government leaders discussed economic stimulus and other strategies in the fight against the coronavirus. Kay Nietfeld/picture alliance via Getty Images hide caption

Luisa-Marie Neubauer of Fridays for Future takes part in a demonstration in front of the Brandenburg Gate in Berlin on June 2. The protest took place while government leaders discussed economic stimulus and other strategies in the fight against the coronavirus.

In a not-so-distant past before coronavirus lockdowns, students around the world were storming the streets to demand climate action. In Berlin, there was a name on many activists' lips: Luisa-Marie Neubauer.

A 24-year-old university student, Neubauer is sometimes considered Germany's answer to Swedish activist Greta Thunberg. And like the younger Swede, Neubauer staged weekly Fridays for Future student strikes in her city to push for a stronger response to climate change.

But since the coronavirus pandemic, Fridays for Future had to cancel mass mobilizations and move most of its campaigning online. Now the movement is taking careful steps to retake the public sphere.

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