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Robbie Blake, Communications team, Friends of the Earth Europe,

Friends of the Earth Europe

Climate Strikes Hit Europe

WASHINGTON - Brussels, 20 September 2019 – Today and throughout this week, climate protests hit the streets of every European country, uniting millions of students, workers and adults - as part of the largest ever Global Climate Strike. [1] They demand urgent, massive and transformational action for a safe fossil-free future.

Leonarda Šmigmator, a youth leader from Fridays For Future Croatia reacted:
"We are striking in Croatia today - people of every age are invited to join the movement, because we believe that climate change is everybody's problem. There are many local issues that affect us in Croatia, and we expect a big response and good energy on our strike."

Revecca Nicolaidou, a young leader from Youth for Climate Cyprus said:
“Our protests manage to unite the people of Cyprus, from the north to the south. We, the young people, will be in the front line fighting against fossil gas drilling in Cyprus, because at the end of the day that goes against our very own existence.”

Jagoda Munic, director of Friends of the Earth Europe reacted:
“We stand with those striking – with young people raising their voices to call for urgent action and the frontline communities who are already facing the impacts of climate breakdown worldwide.

“We can tackle climate change and related crises, including biodiversity loss and rising inequality. But protecting the planet on which our survival depends will require nothing less than system change. Our governments and the new EU Commission must do their fair share, beginning with a completely fossil-free energy system by 2030.”


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Friends of the Earth Europe is the largest grassroots environmental network in Europe, uniting more than 30 national organisations with thousands of local groups. We are the European arm of Friends of the Earth International. We represent the network at the heart of the European Union and campaign for sustainable solutions to benefit the planet, people and our future.

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