Over 45,000 young people protest at Climate March on Friday

Over 45,000 young people protest at Climate March on Friday
Credit: Marijn De Keyzer/Belga.

Over 45,000 young people from more than 400 schools and youth associations have taken to the streets of Belgium to demand stronger measures against climate change in the run-up to Sunday's Climate March.

Two days before the nationwide demonstration, the CNCD-11.11.11, a member of the Climate Coalition, organised a youth demonstration with flash mobs, human frescoes, hijacking of ads and singing in the streets.

Furthermore, participating classes and establishments have received a quiz beforehand to test the students’ knowledge of the climate with educational resources.

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In a statement, Koen Stuyck, a spokesperson for the Climate Coalition, stated that the turnout far exceeded his expectations and showed that "schools had already planned to tackle the subject."

In addition, he added that this bodes well for Sunday's march where several thousand demonstrators are expected in the streets of the capital.

The coalition is also inviting young people to post photos and videos of their actions on social media, along with the hashtag #standupforclimate.

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