Two hundred climate activists spend the night on Place du Trône
Tuesday, 26 March 2019
Jules Johnston/The Brussels Times
Around 200 activists from Occupy for Climate have spent a second consecutive night camped on the Place du Trône in Brussels, Greenpeace, said on Tuesday.
Tuesday is D-day for climate activists as the parliamentary committee for the amendment of the constitution will vote on the revision of article 7bis. A number of activists are expected to follow that vote.
Article 7 bis set common goals that must be pursued by the federal state, communities and regions. The amendment would, in effect, legally bind the Belgian government to commitments made under the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change.
“It’s about being there, but we also want to show politicians that citizens are paying attention to their decisions,” said Greenpeace spokesperson Thomas Leroy.
It is not yet certain that activists pack up and go home after the vote. A new “general meeting” will be held at this time and will decide.