Swedish climate campaigner Greta Thunberg to join Brussels protests
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Swedish teenager Greta Thunberg, who became a world-famous climate campaigner in just a few weeks, travels to Brussels on 21 February to support the march for the climate. This was announced by the Youth for Climate movement on Thursday 14 February, when this week’s march reached the Bruxelles-Midi station.

Anuna De Wever and Kyra Gantois drew inspiration from Thunberg to launch Youth for Climate last year. The teenage Swedish activist went on a school strike in August 2018, protesting each week outside her country’s parliament to draw attention to climate change. She also appeared at the UN climate conference in Poland last year and, more recently, in Davos.

“I’m delighted that she’s coming to Belgium and I can meet her, because she is our source of inspiration,” said De Wever. “We’ve already talked on Skype and she told me she was very grateful to us for launching the marches in Europe”.

On 21 February, the 7th Day for the Climate, De Wever, together with Greta Thunberg, will address the European Parliament for the first time.

“Everyone tells me each week that the movement will peter out, but we are still here for the sixth successive time,” De Wever said on Thursday. “I’m disappointed in the politicians because they are still not proposing any initiatives and they are taking no action.”

About 11,000 young people marched for the climate on Thursday morning in Brussels.


The Brussels Times

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