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Hunger striking German environmental activist prepared to die in climate change protest

AN ENVIRONMENTAL activist in Germany said he is willing to die for his cause as he enters the third week of a hunger strike to draw attention to the impact of climate change.

Jacob Heinze is one of at least six people who have gone without food for more than two weeks; he says that his fear of climate change is greater than his fear of death.

“I already told my parents and my friends there’s a chance I’m not going to see them again,” he told the BBC.

“I’m doing this because our governments are failing to save the young generation from a future which is beyond imagination … We’re going to face war regarding resources like food and water, food and land, and this is already a reality for many people in the world,” he said.

Describing his hunger strike as “indefinite,” he and the others who have joined the action have vowed to continue until the three leading candidates to replace Angela Merkel as German chancellor come and speak to them.

So far only Green Party candidate Annalena Baerbock has responded, though only via a phone call to urge them to end their hunger strike.

But Mr Heinze has vowed to continue his action, saying: “It’s really necessary to wake people up all over the world.”


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