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Tens of thousands participate in Brussels climate march

Jerome Hughes

Press TV, Brussels

Tens of thousands took to the streets of Brussels on Sunday to try and apply pressure on heads of governments in the EU to be more decisive when it comes to climate change.

It was the biggest protest of its kind since the coronavirus pandemic took hold in the 27-nation bloc. Droughts, fires, tornadoes and floods hit regions around the world during the summer and scientists say fuel emissions are to blame. There was plenty of criticism handed out to EU leaders during the Brussels event.

Campaigners warn there will not be many more 'next generations' if greater impetus is not applied to dealing with the crisis, particularly from big carbon emitters like the US, EU and China.

Referring to oil and gas, they chanted "keep it in the ground". Doing so might be unjustifiable in the context of economic growth and social inclusion, many analysts argue.

That's because for decades the richest countries have become richer through the use of fossil fuels. Now developing nations are being told not to do the same by world powers. These poorer countries are saying fair enough but you must compensate us financially.

World leaders are being urged to tackle this very issue head on when they meet at the end of the month for a 12-day UN climate change summit in Glasgow, Scotland.

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