Hundreds of protesters from various NGOs and citizen initiatives assembled in front of the European Parliament on Saturday, to demand strong measures to limit climate change. This is the last monthly demonstration before the huge national march called “Claim the Climate”. This march will take place in Brussels, on the 2nd of December. Several protesters signalled the importance of limiting climate change to a maximum of 1.5°C.
Speeches were opened by 13-year-old Bo, who asked Jean-Pascal Van Ypersele questions about climate change. Mr Ypersele is the former Vice-President of a group of inter-governmental experts on climate change.
“People are still in shock: continue to cause more pollution, or change and work towards having no greenhouse gas emissions. A lot can still be done like eat less meat, limit air traffic or put pressure on industries that don’t think about the well-being of the planet”, says Mr Ypersele.
With pro-climate protests and the big march on the 2nd of December, protesters want to remind Belgium and Europe that they have to conform to climate change commitments and even go further.
The 24th Party Conference on Climate Change will start on the 3rd of December, in Katowice in Poland. The protesters hope participants will realise how serious the issue of climate change is.