French students starting to mobilise against climate inaction

(EurActiv, 15 Feb 2019) In Paris, it is French students rather than secondary school pupils who are mobilising for the youth climate march, a movement which is slowly gaining momentum in France. EURACTIV France reports.

While Swedish activist Greta Thunberg is in Brussels next week to take part in a Belgian climate march on 21 February, French people are also starting to get involved.

Students from the greater Paris region gathered outside the French ecology ministry on Friday (15 February) morning, part of the first youth movements on climate change observed in France in recent weeks. Other gatherings have taken place in Valence and Nantes.

“Greta Thunberg is calling for a global youth strike to combat climate change on 15 March,” said students from the group “Désobéissance écolo Paris” (Green disobedience Paris).

“We, young people, who are aware of the climate crisis, will start the mobilisation in Paris beforehand…by extending the strike to every Friday from 15 February,” they announced.

While usually quick to hit the streets, French secondary school pupils have not been very responsive on the issue of climate change. In contrast, there have been an increasing number of youth movements by their counterparts in Belgium, Switzerland, the Netherlands, Germany and the United Kingdom.

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EurActiv, 15 Feb 2019: French students starting to mobilise against climate inaction