Belgium's youth climate movement could split in two after leadership fallout

Belgium's youth climate movement could split in two after leadership fallout
Amid rising tensions, one of the group's leader said she is considering creating a new movement. Credit: © Belga

The teen activist who recently left the leadership of the Youth for Climate movement citing in-group tensions is considering starting a separate group which she said will "not be a counter-group."

On Monday, 20-year-old Kyra Gantois cited growing tensions with fellow leader Anuna De Wever as a central reason for her departure from the group, saying she was “tired of being treated like a piece of dirt."

Gantois, who has received less media attention than De Wever since the movement gained international attention, had said she would continue participating with the group by attending marches and events.

But on Wednesday she said she is considering launching a new movement, according to reports by HLN.

The new group would be an "own movement with activities to unite young people (...) around concrete actions, such as cleaning up the beach" Gantois told the outlet, adding that her initiative would "not be a counter-movement."

Gantois' announcement follows news that the weekly school strikes organised by the group will return at the start of the school year, but will take place once a month.

They also come after De Wever announced she would be leaving on an extended trip in November, as she is set to sail across the Atlantic to the UN climate summit in Chile.

Gabriela Galindo

The Brussels Times

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