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2nd December, 2019

Thousands take part in climate rally

Mayor Gergely Karácsony addressed the Budapest rally of Fridays for Future students’ movement on Friday, an event attended by several thousand people, many of high school age.

Karácsony described the climate situation as critical, saying it is not a neutral thing but something that requires immediate action.

Actions that the city could take, he said, are a congestion fee, increasing the amount of green space in Budapest, and ensuring sustainable urban traffic.

He added that he wants to launch a large-scale energy modernisation programme in Budapest with EU funding.

Karácsony said the city must be made liveable, but very much remains to be done in the battle against climate change, as Budapest is in the last place.

The demonstrators proceeded from Batthyány tér to Kossuth tér.

Climate demonstrations were held in 14 cities across Hungary simultaneously with the Budapest demonstration.

Sources regularly consulted, with abbreviations used in text: Népszabadság (N); Magyar Hírlap (MH); Világgazdaság (VG); Napi Gazdaság (NG); Magyar Nemzet (MN); Népszava (Nsz); Kossuth Rádió news (KR); nightly TV news (TV).

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