“Yes, during school hours,” the organization stated on Facebook. Because if politicians don’t take responsibility, we have to. Covid has kept us from making our voices heard for over a year and after the huge success of October 10 – when we walked the streets of Brussels with 50,000 people – we are calling on all young people to take to the streets again that day and to make your voice heard. Because time is running out and we will not see our future taken away from us by the lack of ambition of our politicians. So yes, we are again absent from the climate and we are asking everyone to come en masse.”
Young people are protesting just over a week before the start of the COP26 climate conference, which will take place from October 31 to November 12 in Glasgow, Scotland. The conference that signed the Paris Agreement with 195 countries 6 years ago. Youth for Climate will be here with thousands of other young people from around the world to demand real action and lobby. Join us in the street to send a strong signal to all COP26 attendees that we are tired of worthless promises, beautiful speeches and demanding honest action.”
Flemish Education Minister Ben Waits asked schools last week to always describe climate-related truancy Unauthorized absence. “You can’t say you worry about learning delay and the quality of education and at the same time turn a blind eye. Absenteeism does not tolerate selectivity,” Waits said.