Climate march planned for 23 October in Brussels ahead of COP27

Climate march planned for 23 October in Brussels ahead of COP27
Picture at last October's climate march. Credit: Belga.

A climate demonstration has been scheduled for 23 October of this year in Brussels, with activists demanding more ambitious measures in the fight against climate change.

More than a year after the 50,000 to 70,000-strong climate march, the Climate Coalition is encouraging people to take to the streets of Brussels in the weeks leading up to COP27 – the United Nations Climate Change Conference which will be taking place in Sharm el-Sheikh, Egypt this year.

The organisation is encouraging marchers to create a party-like atmosphere when they convene at Gare Du Nord, adding that "there is nothing stopping us from displaying our commitment in a happy and good-natured way."

The initial repercussions of global warming, according to the organisers, are already being felt, with "heatwaves, the first signs of drought, or last summer's terrible floods" acting as examples.

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They also noted that the current conflict in Ukraine "makes climate justice issues all the more important," with climate activists having already joined forces with Ukrainian demonstrations in April to condemn Russian fuel imports into Belgium. 

Furthermore, a nationwide demonstration in schools is planned for October 21, with the organisation encouraging protestors to "make your own placards with your youth group, and use the upcoming action's symbol," and to post them on social media using the hashtag #standupforclimate.

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