Almost a year after the last global climate march, young people are back on the streets with measures organized on Friday and Saturday and a new strategy, now more radical and offensive.
The major youth marches for the climate marked the year 2019, but in 2020 the Covid-19 pandemic surpassed the movement. Ten months after the last world march, the protesters return, Friday 25 and Saturday 26 September, with calls for strikes from high school and college students around the world.
In France, health measures linked to the new coronavirus prevented a major Paris march, several local actions are planned. The opportunity for the Youth for Climate movement to implement its new strategy, which now aims more at targeting companies than governments.
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“The prison gave us the opportunity to reflect on our actions and we realized that the marches were not enough,” explains Noé, 20, an active member of the Youth for Climate that France contacts. “Now, we want to speed up and the best way to make a difference is to take immediate action at the source of the problem.”
Leave the pictures of a youth who parades wisely with a smile. The Youth for Climate movement now intends to commit civil disobedience and take action against large corporations or what it calls “major useless projects”, such as what the Extinction Rebellion could do. autumn 2019.
“The government is not ready to make quick and radical decisions”
A gigantic sit-in will be held in a Parisian square on September 26: “The purpose of this occupation is to emerge from symbolic and peaceful mobilizations that too often consolidate the world’s current course and cannot stop it,” explains the local movement. By occupying this place, we intend to fight concretely against the processes of commodification of spaces and life experiences that take place in this area and which are often adorned with a green camouflage. “
Note: the climate camp for this Saturday is well run 🚨
The rules for physical distance will be respected, the mask is mandatory. Hydroalcohol gel and masks will be available for people who can not get them. pic.twitter.com/9NiwKQXN76
– Youth for Climate Paris-IDF (@ParisYFC) September 23, 2020
“The health crisis in Covid-19 has shown that the government can make quick and radical decisions that could harm the economy. But it is not ready to do so to combat global warming,” Pierre lamented. [le prénom a été modifié], 18, also a youth activist for climate activism, contacted by France 24. “So our actions must have concrete consequences for the economy. This means the demolition of headquarters or the occupation of production sites.”
In a few months, Youth for Climate activists have therefore changed their goal: while their marches aimed to challenge those in power, they now want to attack those they consider to be the main culprits in climate change.
Defense of an anti-capitalist and anti-liberal ecology
This development of the movement of thought was inscribed in a charter published online during the summer. This highlights a number of values and principles that advocate anti-capitalism, anti-liberalism and growth in particular.
“We believe that there can be no climate justice without social justice, therefore we defend the convergence of social struggles”, motivates Noé, for whom “mass production is more indebted than mass consumption”.
This strategy of convergence of struggles sometimes takes the youth of the climate movement far from its original demands. Some of its activists marched alongside the Yellow Vests on September 12 while vandalizing the headquarters of Domino’s Pizza and Federation of Hunting during the summer.
And Youth for Climate’s new area of action even extends to the defense of Uighurs, a Muslim minority in northwestern China. A large-scale operation carried out in several cities has been carried out in recent weeks in large clothing stores to condemn the “exploitation and genocide of Uighurs in China”. It will be renewed this Friday in Lyon, Toulouse and Valence.