#ClimateStrike #Zürich Was that a nod from heaven that it rained … and rained in Zürich yesterday? It didn’t discourage 12,000 people – mainly school kids and young people, joining hundreds of thousands worldwide – to turn out and protest against the thoughtless pollution which is disrupting the world’s climate and provoking extreme weather conditions especially in developing nations, although they aren’t even the ones who are primarily responsible.
So it’s not surprising that young people are saying the politicians have failed them, the whole socio-economic system is broken and a new way of life must be found, involving generating far less CO2, less waste of natural resources, sustainable policies for energy, transport, heating, air conditioning, etc. “Autofreie Zürich!” was one of the slogans. That would be revolutionary – but would make sense! There’s hardly a city in the world with a better public transport system, mainly electric, so why all the cars?
Witty chants (“Wir sind hier und wir sind laut, weil man uns die Zukunft klaut!”) reflect young people’s concern that their future is being ruined by today’s older generation, who hold the power and money, but fail to implement policies to save the earth. Catchy songs, e.g. “There’s no Planet B, so raise your voice with me. The ocean’s rising and so are we”, livened the otherwise rather miserable atmospheric conditions.
The mood was peaceful and relaxed. I was particularly impressed that most of the posters were hand-drawn on bits of cardboard – children’s work. The whole event was well organised and orderly although the initiators were obviously not professionals.
Traffic was totally disrupted for a couple of hours in the centre of Zürich, halting trams and buses as well as cars, but on the whole people were understanding and respectful and the police remained discreet.
Well done, young folk! Climate change affects us all.