Demonstrators are expected to go through the boulevards de l’Empereur, du Midi and Maurice Lemonnier, with Brussels police saying that traffic disturbances were to be expected until around 5:00 PM.
The school strikes encountered widespread success in Belgium in 2019, with schoolchildren and students from across the country pouring into the city streets to denounce political inaction against climate.
In Brussels, a march organised at the end of January 2019 gathered 35,000 protesters, many among them students who had chosen to skip school in protest.
After the marches quieted down at the end of last year, with YFC focusing on the global COP25 climate summit, the student group is expecting this march to kick off a new year or political pressure as Belgium strives to meet crucial climate commitments.
Following comments from the new Flemish minister for education, Ben Weyts, who called on students who attend the strikes to be marked as absent, it remains to be seen how many students will still respond to the call for the first strike of the year.