A group of young people are in the third week of a hunger strike in Berlin, claiming Germany’s political parties aren’t adequately addressing climate change ahead of this month’s general election. The protestors – aged from 18 to 27 – have vowed to continue their hunger strike until the three leading candidates vying to replace Angela Merkel agree to meet them. There’s a subdued atmosphere among the little tents and hand-painted banners close to the German Chancellery in Berlin.
The six young people who’ve been on hunger strike for more than a fortnight say they’re feeling weak. At 27, Jacob Heinze is the oldest of the protesters here (organisers say four other people have joined their hunger strike away from the camp). He speaks slowly, clearly struggling to concentrate, but told the BBC that, while he’s afraid of the consequences of his “indefinite hunger strike”, his fear of climate change is greater. “I already told my parents and my friends there’s a chance I’m not going to see them again,” he said.
“I’m doing this because our governments are failing to save the young generation from a future which is beyond imagination. Which is horrific. We’re going to face war regarding resources like water, food and land and this is already a reality for many people in the world.”…
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