The students took to the streets of different parts of Spain this Friday to demand climate justice, on the occasion of the Global Climate Strike, to denounce the government’s “patch” policies to tackle climate change. Convened by the Student Union, the rallies have taken place in cities such as Oviedo, Bilbao, San Sebastián, Barcelona, Valencia, Malaga, Granada, Seville or Madrid.
As the Union has stated in a statement, there have been more than 1,400 mobilizations in which they have accused the Government of “throwing balls out, excusing themselves and humiliating themselves before the power of the businessmen.” The Union has blamed the multinationals for the pollution and has criticized the “complicity” of governments, whether they are “right-wing or” left-wing, “as well as calling the announcements that green capitalism may exist as” farce “.
They have also demanded to nationalize the large multinationals, specifically the electricity companies, guarantee health and public education, “affordable and dignified” housing, as well as “decent jobs, without precariousness, or poverty wages.”
Íñigo Errejón, leader of Más País, has attended the demonstration against climate change in Madrid emphasizing that the climate crisis has to be a priority for the Government: “what is already a consensus and a scientific urgency is that we have a Climate crisis that we have to face as the top priority because we are destroying the planet and therefore we are destroying life. What is already a scientific consensus has to be a political consensus. ”
Podemos has also had its banner at the demonstration, and in addition to defending climate rights they have supported the creation of a public energy company and “the cannabis law”: “The idea of creating a public energy company is that obviously the Sustainable energy would benefit and protect our planet and our earth and would also lower the price of electricity, “said Lilith Verstrynge, party organization secretary, adding that the law regulating cannabis would achieve a new production model and” a consumption of proximity “.
The mobilizations in Germany
The initiative of Fridays for Future has mobilized students around the world to demand climate justice, specifically in Germany tens of thousands of people have taken to the streets today in more than 350 cities. The Swedish environmental activist Greta Thunberg called the Germans in Berlin today to go to the polls this Sunday, in addition to criticizing the inaction of political leaders regarding compliance with the Paris Agreement against climate change. He has also called on the 20,000 or so protesters in Berlin to become “climate activists” and to “demand real change”, because “change is now not only possible, but urgently needed.”