Environmental activist Greta Thunberg joined tens of hundreds in a march by way of Amsterdam Sunday, geared toward pushing local weather change up the political agenda 10 days from a crunch nationwide election.
Carrying placards studying: “Our house is on fire”, “In 2050: ‘Daddy, what are trees?'”, and “Climate Justice Now,” demonstrators packed into Amsterdam’s central sq. and set off by way of the streets.
Organisers mentioned tens of hundreds had been participating as a “conservative estimate”. A earlier march in Amsterdam attracted 40,000.
The march was organised by a coalition of stress teams, together with Extinction Rebellion, Fridays for Future, Oxfam, and Greenpeace.
“With the crises continuing to stack up and a measly six years to achieve the Dutch climate goals in 2030, the upcoming elections are the most crucial ever,” they mentioned in a joint assertion.
Polls present the election is presently a lifeless warmth between the centre-right VVD of outgoing Prime Minister Mark Rutte and a brand new celebration, the NSC, led by anti-corruption champion Pieter Omtzigt.
A coalition of the Greens and the leftist PvdA is sitting in third place, in line with the polls. This celebration is led by former European Commission heavyweight Frans Timmermans, the architect of the EU’s Green Deal agenda.
Surveys present the important thing problems with the election marketing campaign have been the continued housing disaster within the Netherlands, dwelling requirements, and immigration.
According to the latest ballot by I&O analysis, local weather change got here in fifth of the problems on voters’ minds, behind housing, healthcare, immigration, and poverty.
Climate change is now thought-about much less of a key subject than was the case on the final election in 2021, in line with the I&O analysis ballot.