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Some companies encouraging climate protests


By Adam Eisenberg | Oct 24, 2019


Global climate protests planned for hundreds of locations around the world are getting more support from governments and businesses.

Organizers say there are more than 800 events planned in the United States alone, with hundreds more scheduled to take place across Europe and other parts of the globe. 

The protests, scheduled to take place in advance of the United Nations Climate Summit, are driven partly by the work of Greta Thunberg, the Swedish teen who has gained international attention for climate activism and garnered a large global following, especially among fellow students.

Support for the movement has grown far beyond students, though. 

In Germany, where more than 400 protest events are scheduled, major companies including pension provider Hannoversche Kassen, GLS Bank and shopping website Idealo have all encouraged employees to join the protests.

Climate change has moved to the forefront of German politics in recent years, with both Chancellor Angela Merkel's Christian Democratic Union and the center-left Social Democrats offering proposals to deal with climate issues.

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