The global climate strike that is being held today follows on from the “Friday for Future” action by the young Swedish climate activist Greta Thunberg. This is the third time that hundreds of protests have been held in cities all over the world to call for improved measures to tackle climate change.
In Belgium today marks the start of a second wave of protests by “Youth for Climate”. On Friday morning there were local protests in Leuven, Mechelen, Geel and Antwerp. In Antwerp between 600 and 800 people took to the streets, making Friday’s protest the biggest climate protest in Antwerp to date.
The protesters then headed to Brussels where the Climate strike protest got under way at 1:30pm. The organisations Rise for Climate, the Climate Coalition, and Youth for Climate, Teachers for Climate, and Workers for Climate and a number of scientists took part. The march also enjoyed the support of the Christian, liberal and socialist trade unions.