A human chain was formed by thousands of people holding hands in central Brussels on Sunday December 8th to raise awareness about climate change, and to draw public attention to the need for urgent, joint action, Reuters reported.
Police encircled the Belgian federal parliament and the Royal Palace while some 2,400 people took part in the peaceful demonstration.
“The main purpose is to ask for more climate ambition and for the federal government to tackle the climate crisis,” said Julie Van Houtryve, spokeswoman for one of the organisers, Climate Coalition in Belgium.
She added they are looking for solidarity and cooperation between governments and politicians in Belgium.
The two-hour demonstration took place as leaders of the world gathered in Madrid for the 25th annual meeting of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (COP).
For two weeks at the end of every year, the world’s governments meet to work on a global response to climate change. There are nearly 190 countries represented at the UN climate talks.
According to a UN report published before the talks, global emissions must fall by about 7.6% a year for the next decade to give a chance of meeting the 1.5C goal set in Paris. According to non-government groups, that is a concerning sign, ahead of the next summit in Glasgow at the end of 2020, when countries are meant to meet with new commitments to move the world closer to the goals agreed in Paris: reducing industrial global warming to well below 2C and as close to 1.5C as possible.