UvA students from action group Students for Climate will join in protest on Dam Square on Thursday exactly one week after 15.000 students and scholars protested at the Malieveld in The Hague for better climate policies.
History student Ravi Ishwardat is one of the driving forces behind Students for Climate. He was also at the Malieveld last week.
How was the demonstration at the Malieveld?
‘Very impressive. There were lots of students and scholars and it was encouraging to see so many people uniting for different climate policies. I think it was a great start to something bigger. ’
The organisers of last week’s march will soon speak to the government. They’ve agreed not to strike in the meantime, so why are you still protesting?
‘I think we are more sceptical. Perhaps the outcome of the scholars’ conversation with ministers Rutte and Wiebes will be a pleasant surprise, but time and time again our government makes the wrong decisions when it comes to climate policies. It has the wrong priorities. It doesn’t stand with the young people.’
What do you want to achieve on Thursday?
‘The most important thing is to make it clear that we will not stand for the current climate policy. We want companies like Shell, which makes billions of euros a year in profit, to pay more for a sustainable solution to the climate problem.’
Scholars are regularly on strike in Belgium to participate in the climate protests happening on the streets every week. Could this happen here?
‘If nothing changes in The Hague, that is our intention, yes.’
The climate strike will take place on February 14th at noon on Dam Square in Amsterdam. There will also be a protest in Nijmegen taking place at the same time.