Climate strike planned for 13 March

in News · 14-02-2020 01:00:00 · 0 Comments

Young Portuguese activists are scheduled to join on 13 March another global student climate strike, following the international appeal of the student movement “Fridays for Future”, which demands political measures in defence of the environment.

In a statement, the student collective that has participated and promoted demonstrations in Portugal says that the goal is to launch “a wave” for climate justice in the spring of 2020.
“After the 2019 mobilisations, in March, May, September and November, we still do not have a sufficiently ambitious response, given the increasingly intensified threat of the climate crisis”, reads the document sent to the press by “Climate Strike Portugal”. Lisbon (3pm), Porto (time to be determ-ined), Aveiro (10.30am), Penafiel (10.30am) and Pico (10.30am) are the locations with demonstrations already confirmed.
In the “March 13 Manifesto”, young people claim that the “house is on fire” and that societies have a decade to reverse a century of damage.

For young people, the State Budget for this year, approved last week, shows “a serious failure” in the commitment to achieve the goals for carbon neutrality.
According to the statement, young people want to “end the oil and gas concessions that still exist in Portugal and the legislation that allows the approval of new contracts” in this matter.
At the same time, they propose the investigation of “really sustainable” alternatives, which can replace lithium batteries and the use of natural gas.
Electrifying the national transport system and renewing the railway are other proposals included in the manifesto.


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