Global Strike for Future hits Brussels and Flanders on Friday

Summary

Everyone is invited to strike for the climate tomorrow, together with 90 other countries around the world

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People of all ages are invited on to the streets of Brussels, Bruges, Ghent and other Flemish cities on Friday, as they join 90 countries worldwide in Global Strike for Future. The day of action follows a series of weekly climate marches by young people in Brussels and across the country, the biggest of which attracted more than 35,000 demonstrators.

School Strike for Climate organisers around the world are asking not just students but everyone to strike on Friday and attend marches in their own cities. The lead organiser of the Brussels march is Youth for Climate, responsible for the previous protests that have taken place in the capital every Thursday since 10 January.

“In 2015, our governments gathered in Paris and promised to protect our future by keeping the rising global temperature under 2°C,” wrote the group on its Facebook page. “Three years have gone by, and our future looks bleaker than ever. There is even an estimate, motivated by greed, that 3°C is OK, even though climate scientists have proven that even 2°C will lead to large-scale hunger, drought, flooding, tornados, war and death.”

‘Before our very eyes’

The aim of tomorrow's strike is to challenge the Belgian state to pursue an ambitious new climate policy and to send a message to the European institutions ahead of the next summit on 21-22 March.

“The adults of today do not care about tomorrow,” Youth for Climate continued. “They are stealing our future before our very eyes.”

In Brussels, the day begins at 10.00 with open meetings where anybody can deliver a three-minute speech with suggestions on how to take action against climate change. Each idea will be put to a public vote.

There will also be screenings of the documentary Tomorrow, in which filmmakers travel the world to see how groups small and large are working to improve their own communities for a more sustainable future.

The march begins at 13.30 at North Station, winds through downtown Brussels and ends at the climate village at South Station, with speeches, live music and info stands. Other cities staging marches on Friday include Ghent, Bruges and Leuven.

Photo: Youth for Climate co-founder Anuna De Wever
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