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Thousands march in Brussels to demand tough climate action

By The Associated Press

BRUSSELS: Thousands of young and old people marched through Brussels on Sunday to inspire world leaders to take bold action to fight climate change at the United Nations Climate Summit in Glasgow starting this month.

About 80 organizations took part in the protests, aiming for the biggest such event in the EU capital since the start of the coronavirus crisis, which stopped the climate movement’s weekly march in its tracks.

Cyclists, families with children and white-haired protesters filled the streets of the city, raising slogans demanding climate justice and waving banners in English, French and Dutch.

One carried a stuffed polar bear on his head.

Environmentalists worry that the 26th climate change conference of the parties, known as COP26 in Glasgow from 31 October, will create policies that are not enough to reduce carbon emissions and slow the warming of the planet.

The crowd consisted of people without masks and those without masks.

With one of the world’s highest vaccination rates, Belgium is starting to ease virus restrictions and allow such gatherings again.

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