Latest figures show that some 30,000 people marched through the streets of the capital on Friday to mark the international strike for the climate, according to the Brussels-Capital / Ixelles police.
Flemish activist Anuna De Wever, accompanied by her grandmother, described this day of global mobilization as historic. “This is a very strong signal. Strikes are going on in more than 100 countries. The movement continues to grow,” she said.
This massive mobilisation for the climate is of an unprecedented scale and has been taking place all over the globe after a call to arms from Swedish activist Greta Thunberg.
“We are facing the greatest existential crisis that humanity has known and yet it continues to deny,” said Thunberg, speaking in Stockholm before thousands of students.
The 16-year-old believes that the climate crisis is the responsibility of previous generations. “We have not contributed to this situation. We were born in and have to spend our entire existence to the experience,” she says. “That’s why we manifest. And we will continue to do so.”
“In principle, everything must change. The way we respond to this crisis, our lifestyle and the way our economy works we must address the issue as a crisis Currently, the climate is considered important, among other things. We must rid ourselves of that attitude,” she said in an interview with public broadcaster SVT.