A photo shared online allegedly shows a group of young people in a street strewn with trash after a rally for the Green New Deal, an initiative by U.S. Democrats to combat climate change. This photograph was actually taken in Italy.
The claim, which features a photo of a busy cobbled street filled with fast-food waste has been shared 23,000 times on Facebook as of May 7, 2020. The post can be seen here .
The Green New Deal was proposed by Democrats in early 2019 as a plan that would eliminate U.S. greenhouse gas emissions within a decade, an effort to make climate change a central issue in the 2020 presidential race ( here ).
The photo actually portrays a crowd of young people in Naples, Italy after a Fridays for Future protest on September 27, 2019.
Fridays for Future is student activist Greta Thunberg’s school strike movement, which has seen the schoolgirl rise from a solitary protester to a leading figure in the fight against climate change around the world ( here ).
Local media reports show the photo was taken in Via Toledo, one of Naples’ main streets ( here ). Google Street View visible bit.ly/2WfyC5D also confirms the exact location. The photo shows a tobacconist store (marked with a “T” sign), a Kiko cosmetics store, a pizzeria and a shoe store, all visible on Google Street View as well.
Over one million people protested in Italy that day as part of the Global Climate Strike, including 80,000 people in Naples ( here ).
False. This photo was taken in Naples, Italy after a Fridays for Future protest.
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