On Sunday, tens of thousands of people marched again in Brussels to urge the government to shift its focus back to the climate crisis, after a Covid-enforced break of 18 months.
While Belgium has the means to fight the climate crisis, the country “still does not have a real climate plan that is supported by all governments,” said Zanna Vanrenterghem, vice-president of the Klimaatcoalitie, which organised the march.
The police confirmed to The Brussels Times that roughly 25,000 people were present, but the Klimaatcoalitie announced in a press release that the crowd numbered at least 50,000.
More than 90 organisations assembled for the march, bringing together a diverse cross-section of society that spanned generations and social classes. Calls were made for decisive policies to minimise the impact of global warming.
“We are back, more determined than ever! We are more than 50,000 and the count is not over yet!” the organisations said on Twitter.
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