Share article:
Share article:

Young climate activists prepare to launch new book

© Belga
© Belga

Anuna De Wever and Kyra Gantois, the two Flemish activists who spearheaded the launch of the Youth for Climate initiative in Belgium, are preparing a book titled “We are the climate. A letter to all“, which will be published on 8 March. Through the book, the two environmental activists aim to extend a hand to politicians and political decision-makers as well as their peers and all adults, publisher De Bezige Bij announced on Tuesday.

The 64-page book has been set to music by Flemish writer Jeroen Olyslaegers, and will cost 8.99 euros. Half of the proceeds from its sale will go to the Youth for Climate collective, the publishing house announced.

In January Anuna, 17, and Kyra, 19, called on students to skip school every Thursday and march through the streets of Brussels to force political decision-makers to take strong climate measures.

The first ecological march, on 10 January, drew about 3,000 students. Each week since, this movement to save the planet has kept growing, attaining a record 35,000 participants on 24 January. The demonstrations continue to draw crowds, with an average of about 10,000 committed youths hitting the streets of the capital each Thursday.

Aruna and Kyra both drew inspiration from Greta Thunberg, who has become an icon of the fight against global warming. The young activist from Stockholm, Sweden, last year decided, alone, to skip school every Friday to call for action against climate change. The teenager, still in braids, would spend the day sitting outside the Swedish parliament with a cardboard placard bearing the inscription: “Social Strike for the Climate”.


The Brussels Times

Latest news

European Council: Decisions on Covid-19 and energy and debate on other issues
At the two-days summit which ended on Friday, the European Council adopted conclusions on COVID-19, digital, energy prices, migration, trade and ...
Flanders ‘water bomb’ could cause €2 billion in damages and affect thousands
The next "water bomb" or heavy rainfall over Flanders could cause damages estimated at around €2 billion, and could affect up to 100,000 people in ...
Pfizer Covid-19 vaccine 90% effective in 5 to 11-year-olds
The Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine is 90.7% effective in preventing symptomatic forms of the coronavirus in children aged five to 11, Pfizer announced on ...
Belgian airport named best for cargo in Europe
Brussels Airport has been named the best airport in Europe in a 2021 roundup of the best cargo airports across the world. The Asian Freight, ...
NASA plans first return mission to Moon in February 2022
The United States space agency, NASA, has announced that it will be aiming to launch its first, uncrewed mission to the moon, Artemis 1, in February ...
New, reportedly more contagious Delta mutation being monitored
A new mutation of the Delta variant of the coronavirus, which is reported to be more contagious, is being monitored by health authorities in the ...
Angèle releases new single: ‘Bruxelles je t’aime’
Belgian singer Angèle has unveiled her latest song ahead of the release of her new album, due later this year. 'Bruxelles je t'aime' (Brussels I ...
23 million chickens and 1.7 million pigs: Climate experts call for livestock cut
Flander's livestock needs to be drastically cut to save the climate and reach the emission reduction targets, according to the latest advice from the ...
Vaccination uptake surges in Wallonia following CST announcement
The number of people getting vaccinated against the coronavirus increased fourfold in Wallonia after it was announced that the Covid Safe Ticket ...
Guilty by association
BRUSSELS BEHIND THE SCENES Weekly analysis and untold stories With SAM MORGAN Other Brussels behind the scenes stories: Brussels' bid to make ...
Health minister supports use of Covid Safe Ticket in workplace
As the use of the Covid Safe Ticket (CST) has been expanded in Brussels and is set to in Wallonia, federal health minister Frank Vandenbroucke has ...
Maggots show Conings may have lived longer following disappearance
Former army soldier Jürgen Conings, whose disappearance in mid-May resulted in a month-long manhunt, may have been alive for longer than has been ...