The young people-led movement aims to bring attention to a rapidly unfolding climate crisis
Translated by Thomas Ansell
The climate action group Fridays for Future will hold a demonstration in Leeuwarden this afternoon at the Oldehoofsterkerkhof, reports the Omrop Fryslân. The demonstration has been named ‘Klompjes voor Klimaat’ (Clogs for the Climate) and takes a well-known symbol of Sinterklaas to bring attention to global heating.
“This year, we’re asking Sinterklaas for a future”, says the group. The protest is set to move from the Oldehoofsterkerkhof towards the city centre- with participants going shoeless to demonstrate the numbers supporting urgent climate action.
Fridays for Future said on facebook that they will keep to Coronavirus regulations: “people will work together for a joint goal, without coming together physically”. The Leeuwarden Fridays for Future group is part of the world-wide movement led by young people with an overall goal of stimulating climate change action to preserve our planet for future generations.
Whilst the issue is indeed global, the Leeuwarden protest will specifically call on the Gemeente Leeuwarden to be more transparent about its emissions and to come up with a climate charter stating what will be done in the future.
Protests by the group took place in January and September this year, with the first protest in Leeuwarden (held in October last year) drawing large crowds of young people from across Friesland.