Thousands of Belgian students skipped classes for the fourth week in a row on Thursday to protest against global warming, part of a growing youth protest around the world.
Beating drums, chanting and carrying signs, some 30,000 teenagers braved the cold in Brussels and other cities to call on local politicians for stronger action to prevent climate change.
“It’s our planet and the generation before us hasn’t done anything,” said Julian Rume, 17. “In 20, 30 years, we will all be migrants, we’ll all be moved out of our planet.”
The demonstrations are part of a broader grassroots movement started by Swedish student Greta Thunberg, 16, last year.
Students in Germany, Switzerland, France and Australia have followed her lead and also skipped classes to protest.
Thunberg took her protest to this month’s World Economic Forum in Davos to galvanize leaders meeting there to action.