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Amsterdam’s First National Climate March Gets 40,000 Participants

by | March 22, 2019

There is no shortage of posts, blogs, and articles creating the needful urgency to act to curb climate change. One of the most formidable issues in the world, climate change has put environmentalists to worry. Forty thousand people came down on the streets in Amsterdam, proclaiming that the Dutch government the need to act on to counter climate change. Here’s more.

First of its Kind in the Netherlands

Climate change is a pan-world happening. The atmosphere and the associate faculties of the earth are affected causing the consequences to be felt thoroughly. Some places around the world face the effects more, whereas some less. The Netherlands is one such nation, unfortunately, falling in the so-called ‘more-affected’ areas of the world. A part of the nation lies below sea-level making the country particularly vulnerable to effects of climate change, and some of its lands have been reclaimed from the sea, reported the Jakarta Post.

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Amsterdam’s First National Climate March

Realizing the urgency of the time, as much as forty thousand people joined the climate-change awareness movement along with Greenpeace and other Dutch groups who work for the cause of environmental degradation in the Netherlands. The TIME reported, according to Agence France-Presse, despite heavy rains, the first of its kind demonstration in the Netherlands drew the massive crowd of thousands of people.

Greenpeace, one of the organizers of the demonstration said that the unexpected turnout (of people) stands testimony that people want a specific policy from the government to fight the climate change. Here are some quotes from the marchers.

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A 21-year-old student of climate studies, Esther Leverstein, from Amsterdam University, said: “We are under sea level, so we really need to do something about it.”

“We have seven grand-children and sometimes we are really worried. So that’s why we are here, it really should change,” said a 72-year-old pensioner- Gert van Rees. She was concerned about the future.

At the beginning of this year, fifteen thousand students skipped school and marched the streets for the cause of climate change. They followed the footsteps of their fellow-friends across the borders in Belgium. Amsterdam is set to encounter another such march for climate change, scheduled on Thursday, 14th March-2019. What do you feel about the growing concern for climate change? Maybe the Netherlands is more vulnerable, and your place (whichever it be) is not as much, but should that mean you have more time to act? What do you feel? Comment below. 


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Debayan Paul

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