People in the center of Prague demonstrated for the climate, appealed to the future government – ČT24 – Czech Television
Protesters from both students and adults had banners with them that said, “Climate Justice,” “No time to close our eyes,” or “We want a healthy planet for our children.”
Representatives of the environmental organizations Greenpeace and Duha also took part, the Million Moments for Democracy initiative and former Minister of the Environment Bedřich Moldan or former ombudsman and chartist Anna Šabatová also came to support the demonstration. She emphasized that it was not enough to rely on climate-related human rights on paper, but that they had to be constantly and inventively fought for in order to turn everything around.
“And I urge you to continue your efforts. And I hope that together we will all push through a big turnaround in society, not only in the Czech Republic, but also in the world, “said Šabatová. The activists were also supported in the letter by former Prime Minister Petr Pithart, including Linda Sokačová, director of the Czech Amnesty International. She said that the Czech Republic is one of the countries that does not take the climate crisis seriously. She emphasized that the problem of the climate crisis was linked to human rights, such as the right to food and water.
FFF spokesmen reiterated in the introduction that the future government must take concrete steps to protect the climate. They recalled that in June the movement assessed the current activities of the parliamentary parties in this area as insufficient. Activists also demand that the future government focus on the Czechia towards a more sustainable way of life, and that a post-party minister or ministry for climate will be created after the elections. They also call for an end to coal by 2030 and emphasize the need for a fair transformation in coal regions. Speeches by other participants emphasized the need for civic engagement and provided for participation in the October elections.
The demonstration went without clashes
The march from the square started after one o’clock in the afternoon. He walked across the Old Town Square, Na Příkopě Street and around the National Theater, across Charles Bridge back to Malostranské Square. Participants chanted the slogans “For the climate”, “Youth to the streets so that in winter there is no hic”, “Coal, oil, gas, belongs to history” or “What for school? The climate is calling! “. In the shopping cart, several activists also carried a speaker and played music.
The demonstration went without problems and clashes and after 15:00 it continued with an informal program in Malá Strana. Police spokesman Jan Daněk told ČTK that, according to police estimates, one thousand to fifteen hundred people eventually took part in the event. They then reached the finish line in a more intimate number.