High school students across the Czech Republic joined the global student
strike on Friday aiming to raise awareness of the need to fight climate
In Prague, students gathered on Malostranské náměstí and marched to the Office of the Government. Students in Ostrava, Olomouc, Liberec and other Czech towns and cities also took part in the protest.
The students have received support from over 100 Czech scientists and academics and from the environmental groups Friends of the Earth and Greenpeace.
Thousands of high-school students across the world are preparing to take part in a big protest against the lack of action being undertaken to stop climate change. The movement, known as Fridays for Future, also has a Czech branch, which has attracted over a thousand of students and a hundred academics.
The state forestry company Lesy ČR said that around million cubic metres
of timber were damaged by the windstorm Eberhard that swept through Europe
Damaged trees represent around eight percent of the annual quota of felled trees with damages estimated at half a billion crowns.
The biggest calamity in the state-owned forests so far was caused by hurricane Kyrill in 2007, which devastated more than six million cubic metres of timber.
Emergency work to restore power to thousands of homes continued for a
second night in succession in the wake of damage caused by the windstorm
Eberhard which swept through central Europe on Sunday night damaging roofs,
felling trees and bringing down power lines.
In the initial phase of the storm hundreds of thousands of homes were left without power, on Monday night emergency crews restored power to some 35,000 homes in hard-to-reach destinations.
Clean-up work continues in the country’s forests where the storm felled around a million trees and people around the country have started reporting damages to insurance companies. The damages are expected to be in the tens of millions of crowns.
A clean-up operation continues in many parts of the country in the wake of
damage caused by gale-force winds overnight.
Damaged power lines left thousands of homes without power and road and rail traffic was disrupted by fallen trees.
In the Snežka Mountain region the wind blew at over 206 km per hour, in the lower altitudes at around 110 km per hour.
Emergency workers were on call throughout the night, with fire-crews reporting over 2,800 emergency calls in the course of the nigh hours.
Over 100 Czech scientists and academics have signed a proclamation in
support of the global student strike aiming to raise awareness of the need
to fight climate change.
The proclamation says that given how significantly the Czech Republic still contributes to pollution, for instance by coal burning, its inhabitants cannot pretend that the problem does not concern them.
The global appeal launched by 15-year-old Swedish student Greta Thunberg under the motto Fridays For Future has won support from young people around the world.
Over 2,500 Czech secondary school students from Prague, Brno, Ostrava, Olomouc and other towns and cities plan to take part in the strike this Friday.
The protest actions will have different forms including pro-climate gatherings and marches.
Strong winds have knocked out electricity supplies to thousands of
consumers, with felled trees also blocking roads across the Czech Republic.
Firefighters spent hours late Saturday night clearing debris, responding to more than 200 incidents. They responded to another 160 calls on Sunday.
The Institute of Hydrometeorology reported gusts of up to 110 kilometres per hour in the mountains.
Meteorologists expect strong winds to return with greater force on Monday evening.
Above-average temperatures are expected in the Czech Republic in the next
week. According to a long-term forecast by the Czech Hydro-Meteorological
Institute, we can expect day-time highs of up to 18 degrees Celsius.
In the following three-week period, average daytime temperatures will drop to around 10 degrees Celsius. Rainfall over the next month should be average for the time of year.
The spell of unseasonably warm weather broke records around the country on
Thursday. Ninety-six measuring stations that have been keeping records for
more than 30 years saw their warmest ever temperature for the day.
The highest temperature – 18.8 degrees Celsius, was registered in Kobylí in the Břeclav region. Temperatures are set to get colder on Friday as cloud and rain move in.
Most Czechs enjoy winter sports and are willing to spend large sums of money on holidays at ski resorts at home and abroad. The Alps are traditionally a popular holiday destination, but the favourable weather conditions this winter offer great opportunities for skiing at home - in the Krkonoše Mountains, the Šumava Mountains, the Jizera Mountains and the Beskydy Mountains. In addition to skiing, the most popular winter pastimes are tobogganing and bobsleighing.
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