Some 12,500 demonstrators participated in a march organised in Brussels by students who stayed away from school on Thursday to press for a more ambitious policy on climate change, according to the spokesman of the local police. Thursday’s march dwarfed a first demonstration organised on Thursday last by the group, Youth for Climate, that attracted about 3,000 young Dutch-speaking participants. This time around, young French-speaking Belgians also joined the protest.
“It’s great to see the number of people present here today,” said march organiser Anuna De Wever. “It’s an incredible signal. This cannot be ignored.”
The youthful demonstrators held placards bearing messages such as “The planet needs you to give a damn”, “I’m sure the dinosaurs thought they had time too”, and “Geen geld als het smelt” (No money if it melts”).
Brimming with enthusiasm, they chanted “What do we want? Climate justice” as they filed towards their final destination, the Carrefour de l’Europe.