“We can still fix this, but we must start today,” said Swedish Gretha Thunberg to tens of thousands of Danes who marched for the climate in the election campaign.
Danes demonstrate Saturday for the climate in twelve cities, ten days before the country holds elections to the Folketing and the day before the EU election is paved for the part of the Danes.
– We must treat an emergency as an emergency. We must think completely differently, said the 16-year-old climate activist Gretha Thunberg when she held an appeal before the climate march went from Christiansborg Castle in Copenhagen on Saturday.
The people’s climate march has been arranged annually since 2015, and in Copenhagen the police estimate that as many as 30,000 people attended Saturday – twice as many as last year.
Climate has become a very important issue against the parliamentary elections on 5 June.
“For the first time, voters on the climate see the most important issue in an election,” says Kasper Møller Hansen, professor of political science at the University of Copenhagen, to the Swedish news agency TT.
In January, opinion polls commissioned by Ritzau showed that it was primarily young voters who looked at the climate as the most important issue. But lately, climate issues have climbed high on the agenda of all age groups, he says.
– It has become visible to many that the climate is changing. We see that the ice is melting and that there are more extreme weather in many places around the world. That makes it understandable for many people, says Møller Hansen.
– And of course we have Gretha Thunberg, who has set the political agenda. It especially affects the young, adds the political scientist.
Thunberg hopes that there will be a green footprint both from the ongoing EU elections and the coming parliamentary elections in Denmark.
“What we do in the EU has tremendous influence on future living conditions on the planet,” says Thunberg, referring to the fact that the EU’s 580 million citizens use 20 per cent of the world’s resources.
“If the EU really decides to see the ongoing climate crisis in the eyes, it will have a huge global impact,” said the 16-year-old.
No voting rights
She herself is too young to vote in the EU elections, which is also held in Sweden on Sunday.
– Those who are going to be hardest hit by the climate and ecological crisis, young people like me, cannot vote. So if not for their own part, vote for our sake, she said in Copenhagen Saturday.
In less than a year, Thunberg has become a known climate activist and an idol for young people all over the world. On August 20 last year, she began to scold the school to demonstrate in Stockholm.
Since then she has had more young people with him, and on Friday, hundreds of thousands hit the climate in over a hundred countries, including Norway.
“It is quite wild that things have gone so far that children feel they must sacrifice their education to compensate for the passivity of state leaders and adults,” she says.