With banners, placards, slogans, songs, and drums, thousands upon thousands of Madrid residents poured out into the streets of the Spanish capital Friday evening to march for the earth and against the backers of coal and oil. A very large number brought along their children – walking along, on shoulders and in prams. Every parent was clear – the children deserved a better world than the one looming due to climate change.

Pretesting for the environment, the people also expressed a certain joy in their solidarity [image by: Soumya Sarkar]

It was a near-spontaneous celebration of life and rejection of business-as-usual as the city welcomed teenage activist Greta Thunberg to the December 2-13 UN climate summit (COP25) being held in a suburb. Negotiators from 196 national governments remained locked in bitter bickering over who is to do how much to control greenhouse gas emissions, who is to pay how much to whom. Madrid did its best to send them a simple message – every country and every individual needs to do much more.

The streets of Madrid sending a message to the negotiators at COP 25 [image by: Soumya Sarkar]

Thunberg was mobbed wherever she went, at the summit venue or the city centre. Speaking to journalists, she said, “I hope COP25 will lead to something concrete. We need to also increase awareness in people in general. The world leaders and people in power need to recognise the climate crisis and that doesn’t seem to be the case now. This [climate change] is not something they can just hide away.”

Asked why she was being trolled so viciously around the world, Thunberg responded, “They are afraid of change and change is what young people are bringing and that’s why they are anxious. And that’s proof that we’re having an impact and our voices are being heard. They want to desperately silence us.”

When asked what immediate steps she wanted taken on the climate change front, Thunberg said, “We have to adapt and we have to solve the problem and try to prevent the worst consequences. Basically nothing has happened. It cannot go on like this. We would like to have some action from people in power because people are suffering, they are dying because of the climate emergency today. We cannot wait any longer.”

One comment

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