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12.500 youths skived off school and marched for climate change.

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For the past couple of weeks on Thursdays in Belgium, we can see students gathering and marching for their future in the streets of Brussels.

The march for our climate has begun by the people who give us the most hope for the future of our planet. In Belgium, the teenagers have decided to take a stand and march for the future of our planet. Every Thursday students refuse to go to school in order to march for our climate.

On Thursday 17th January 2019, 12500 students skived off school at around 12.30pm to gather in front of Brussels’ central station. The number of participants was noticeably higher than last Thursday’s march, which only gathered a couple of thousand.

The procession supported by the initiative “Youth For Climate” marched through the streets with great enthusiasm. They were also received well and cheered on multiple times during the route.

At one point during the march a member of the European parliament, Mr Arne Lietz stated “I’m proud of you. We need more of you around Europe in every city because the elders don’t understand”.

This was a very promising statement and gives us hope that inside the big establishment there is a little flame that can be ignited.

The whole movement was actually started by a fifteen year old swede called Greta Thunberg, who became extremely ill and depressed when all the injustices happening around the world couldn’t be explained to her.

She couldn’t quite grasp why we were actively working towards the destruction of our environment when year after year we keep stating how bad things are and that change is necessary.

“Our civilisation is being sacrificed for the opportunity of a very small amount of people to continue making enormous amounts of money. Our biased fear is being sacrificed so that rich people can live in luxury. It is the sufferings of the many which pay for the luxuries of the few.” Greta stated.

She continued;

“You say you love your children above all else and yet you are stealing their future right in front of their eyes.”

The first step towards change and a better future was when Greta decided to sit in front of Swedish Parliament in protest for climate. She was alone in her efforts but after two weeks she was deemed to be causing a scene and was asked to move due to “health and safety risks”…

The news soon caught on around Europe and others hearing about the protest decided to show their support by skiving off school on Thursdays to march for climate.

This gives us hope especially when the words “ You are never too small to make a difference and if a few children can get headlines all over the world just by not going to school then imagine what we could all do together if we really wanted to” uttered by the young Swede.

Finally we’re witnessing the beginning of something that could be game changing for the future of our planet. The people to who it matters to the most are waking up because it is up to them to protect and defend their future as the adults have clearly decided to not take any action.

She ended her talk with these words:

“We have not come here to beg world leaders to care. You have ignored us in the past and you will ignore us again. We have run out of excuses and we are running out of time. We have come here to let you know that change is coming whether you like it or not. The real power belongs to the people.”

I would urge all young people in school to participate every Thursday as it matters. This is a numbers game and the message is clear. If the masses stand behind the message it cannot be ignored and change will have to take place. And if there is still an attempt to dismiss the movement then a change by force will have to be implemented.

I will leave you with a quote that seems fitting to this situation

“ The thing worse than rebellion is the thing that causes rebellion”

Frederick Douglass

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