Thousands march for climate in Rotterdam

The organisers of the march included Greenpeace, Oxfam Novib, trade union FNV, Extinction Rebellion, Milieudefensie and Fridays for Future, NL times wrote.  [EPA-EFE/ROBIN UTRECHT]

Ten thousand protesters joined the climate march against global warming in Rotterdam on Sunday afternoon, Dutch media NL Times reported.

The organisers of the march included Greenpeace, Oxfam Novib, trade union FNV, Extinction Rebellion, Milieudefensie and Fridays for Future, NL times wrote.

Many of the protesters had signs criticising the farmers’ protests against the Dutch government’s latest nitrogen plans, which is to cut nitrogen levels by up to 70%. Protesters held signs like “Farmers, there is nothing cool about nitrogen,” and “Fewer mega stables, more biodiversity.”

While the farmers believe the government’s plans are too “unrealistic”, the protesters believe the government is not doing enough.

Many protesters displayed their displeasure with flight transport, with signs that read “Boycott Schiphol,” and “Less flights, more trains.” The Dutch airport, Schiphol, has been understaffed and struggling to deal with incoming crowds as COVID-19 restrictions were eased over the last few months.

“Fossil fuels are the driver of the climate crisis, but also of war, conflict and pollution. Due to a broken system, we seem to be stuck with fossil fuels as a society. And in this way, we contribute to horrific wars, such as the one in Ukraine,” Faiza Oulahsen of Greenpeace told NL Times.

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