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Yesterday, 30,000 school children again turned out for protests in three cities across Belgium after an open letter to the government from 3,450 Belgian scientists saying “the activists are absolutely right”. Children’s climate rallies and protests are spreading across Europe — taking place in Germany and Switzerland too with the #FridaysForFuture,according to the BBC. There was even a sit-in at the Scottish Parliament.
This past Sunday over 150,000 people took part in climate marches throughout France and Belgium to pressure both country’s governments to stop delaying policies to combat climate change and global warming.
In Paris, protestors braved the wind and cold to stand in Place de la République in a show of force for the climate.
In the French city of Lyon more than 1,000 people formed a human chain and marched hand in hand through the city. Some wearing the now-famous “yellow vests” and others wearing face masks saying that the air was too dirty to breathe.
The demonstrations are riding the heels of France’s successful climate marches in September, October, and December. Protest organizers are pressing the French government to act, citing France’s increasing CO2 emissions as well as failure to enact lasting climate policies at COP24. Protestors in Belgium want to elevate the issue to the top of the list of topics to discuss at the European Council summit which will be held in Brussels on the 21st and 22nd of March. They are calling on Council members to meet a target goal of a 65 percent reduction in greenhouse gas emissions by 2030.
The organization in charge of the French climate marches also launched an online petition to sue the French government if they do not take action against global warming and climate change.
The petition currently has more than 2 million signatures and organizers hope to reach three million.
The marches on Sunday kicked off what organizers hope to be a successful year of marches throughout France and Europe. Organizers hope to have an even larger turnout for their march scheduled for March 16th, 2019 in Place de la République in Paris with marches scheduled for this same date all over France.
by Miro Korenha, co-founder/publisher Our Daily Planet As ABC6 reported, yesterday, “declaring “America is back,” President-elect Joe Biden introduced selections for his national security team Tuesday, his first substantive offering of how he’ll shift from Trump-era “America First” policies by relying on foreign policy and national security experts from the Democratic establishment to be some […]
by Miro Korenha, co-founder/publisher Our Daily Planet Yesterday, President-elect Joe Biden named former Secretary of State John Kerry as Special Presidential Envoy for Climate, also announcing that he will sit on the National Security Council. As the Biden transition team wrote in a press release announcing the appointment: “This marks the first time that the […]
A study published last week in the journal Nature provides a new view on the extinction crisis — that most of the planet’s species are not in decline and the ones that are in deep trouble are “clustered.”
Why This Matters: Is the glass half empty or half full? It all depends on how you look at it. These scientists argue that “the way global averages were being estimated could be strongly influenced by a small number of populations that were experiencing extreme declines, even if most were stable.”
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