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‘Another world is possible’: Students rally for climate change action in Germany

WATCH: Students demand action on climate change in Aachen, Germany

BERLIN – Students from more than a dozen European countries joined a demonstration Friday urging governments to take bolder action against climate change.

Organizers anticipated the protest in the western German city of Aachen would draw 20,000 participants. It comes a day after European Union leaders failed to agree a plan to make the bloc’s economy carbon neutral by 2050.

Local reports billed the demonstration as “Fridays for the Future,” a movement started by Swedish teenager Greta Thunberg.

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Several large European countries – including Britain, France and Germany – have backed the target, but coal-reliant countries in the east, such as Poland, are opposed.

Friday’s protest takes place near the site of one of Germany’s biggest lignite coal mines.

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Climate activists block supply to 2 coal plants in Germany
Climate activists block supply to 2 coal plants in Germany
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The protesters chanted “We are unstoppable, another world is possible” as they walked through the pit.

The mine has become a focus of environmental protests in recent years because its operator, utility company RWE, threatened to chop down a nearby forest.

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