The protest is part of a global event by the environmental movement Fridays for Future (FFF), and representatives of its Czech branch said in August that they would appeal to the government, which will emerge from the October parliamentary elections, to address climate change as a priority.
Protesters from both students and adults brought banners with signs such as “Climate Justice”, “No time to close our eyes” or “We want a healthy planet for our children.”
Representatives of environmental organizations Greenpeace and Rainbow also took part. After the speeches, according to one of the spokespersons of the FFF Klára Bělíčková, a march through the city is on the program.
FFF spokesmen initially reiterated 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.
More than a hundred people demonstrate for the climate on Prague’s Lesser Town Square
The movement refers to the recently published part of the sixth assessment report of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change at the UN, according to which the world is said to face several turning points.
However, according to activists, one of the scenarios still allows for global warming below the safe limit of 1.5 degrees Celsius compared to the time before the industrial revolution, because this requires a significant reduction in greenhouse gas emissions in the coming years.
The Czech branch of Fridays for Future has organized a number of protests in recent years. For example, in March 2019, two thousand high school students passed through Prague, demanding more consistent climate protection and emission reductions.
Hundreds of young people arrived at the Prague strike in September of the same year. Last year and this year, the movement organized mostly more intimate events due to measures against the spread of covid-19 diseases. During the toughest epidemic measures, activists also protested online.
In the past, student protests took place in other cities in the Czech Republic, and demonstrations were planned for Friday in Brno or Ostrava, according to the FFF.