FILE -- In this Friday, March 1, 2019 photo Swedish climate activist Greta Thunberg, front with white cap, attends a protest rally in Hamburg, Germany. German Chancellor Angela Merkel is making clear she supports students protesting around the world against global warming, following widespread criticism of comments seeming to suggest the demonstrations may have been fomented by Russian online agitation. (Daniel Reinhardt/dpa via AP, file)

Thousands gather in Hamburg, elsewhere for climate protest

March 01, 2019 - 4:51 am

BERLIN (AP) — Thousands of students have gathered in the German city of Hamburg as part of a worldwide protest calling for action to curb global warming.

Friday's rally in the northern port city is being led by Swedish teen activist Greta Thunberg, who has become a prominent voice in campaigns against climate change.

In January, the 16-year-old spoke at the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland, telling business and government leaders: "I want you to panic. I want you to feel the fear I feel every day."

At the Hamburg protest, students held banners featuring slogans such as "March now or swim later" — a reference to rising sea levels from melting ice caps — and "We (heart) Greta."

Similar protests were planned in dozens of cities worldwide.