The police are expecting between 20,000 and 25,000 participants. However, more than 45,000 people have said that they will attend on the organisers’ Facebook event page. Kilmaatcoalitie’s Dave Van Meel told VRT News that they “The ambition is to be the biggest climate march ever. Last time there were 15,000 participants.
The march has been organised to coincide with the climate conference that opens today in the Polish city of Katowice. The aim of the protest is to demand that Belgian politician show more ambition when it comes to measures to combat climate change both in the short and long term. The of the Paris climate agreement should be respected and global warming limited to a maximum, of 1.5°C.
In a reference to the summit being held in Eastern Europe, a region that still uses a lot of coal, Mr Van Meel said "We could ask questions regarding the location of the summit”.
“Currently three Belgian activists are in custody in Slovakia after staging a peaceful protest there”.
Charlotte Scheerens of Climate Express told VRT News that “Climate policy is extremely complex. It needs to be linked to social policy. Politicians need to get around the table with employers, local authorities and training centres to work out a plan to ensure that those working in fossil-fuel dependent industries find new jobs”.