October March Back To The Climate
In November, world leaders were to gather at the Glasgow climate change conference. As they would decide their goals for the next 5 years, the moment was key to give strong visibility to citizens’ expectations.
Together with a coalition of Belgian environmental NGOs, WeMove Europe gGmbH took part in the Brussels massive climate march of October 10, before the COP26 summit. Demonstrations being an instrument of democracy, it was a unique occasion for European citizens to be heard when it comes to protecting the environment at an international level.
WeMove Europe gGmbH decided to take advantage of this moment and an invite has been sent by mail to all our Belgian members, both of the French and the English international language lists of people physically residing in Belgium.
There was a positive perception from our community, as shown by the following mail we received: “Many of us will participate in the march on Sunday October 10. We are aware of the urgency. Changes are necessary for the future of our common home! Thanks for reminding us!” Bernadette (Belgium)
Some members came from very far away. Participants were grateful to find posters with climate slogans and designs. The members met us briefly before joining other sections of the march. Our staff and some partners and allies walked within the feminist and queer bloc of the march, where people of all genders were welcome. In total, 70,000 people gathered that day with a clear message : European citizens want to accelerate action towards the goals of the Paris Agreement and the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change.