Action for climate change in Ag. Sophia – They sang a song about saving the planet to the beat of “Bella Ciao” paraphrasing the lyrics
“There is no Planet B” they shouted climate activists and members of climate organizations and groups of the city on its pedestrian street Agia Sophia, in the center of Thessaloniki, on Friday afternoon, in an action that is part of the global climate mobilization on the last Friday of September.
A little later, they marched through the sidewalks to the town hall of Thessaloniki where they will read their requests and also present a small skit about water.
Members of Fridays for Future Thessalonikiof Ecopolisof Animals Save Thessaloniki but also her Heterotopia gathered on the pedestrian street of Agia Sophia to declare that the zero time for the planet and that only with coordinated actions can this be prevented. “If the greenhouse is not overturned, the sea will reach Tsimiski”, they note, underlining, at the same time, their fears about the effects of global warming and demanding more aid for the poor countries that have been affected by the wild weather conditions.
Attendees even sang a song about saving the planet and climate change, keeping the beat from the famous “Bella Ciao” chant but paraphrasing the words. Holding the lyrics written on paper, they shout that “we wasted years not caring, but the time has come for the great one that has no return. Come with us to fight for all creatures on earth.”
The protesters demanded climate justice, “air with clean water and not factories with petrochemicals”.
Fridays for Future spokesperson speaks to Voria.gr about today’s action and describes how the movement was started by Greta Thunberg who as a student went every Friday outside the Swedish Parliament to demonstrate for the climate. “There are many changes that need to be made to protect the environment,” he notes.
At the same time, it mentions the interventions requested by the organization for the municipality of Thessaloniki. “Our main request is the increase of green spaces in Thessaloniki and especially in Liberty square where we demand that it become a Memorial Park and not a parking lot. Also, we ask that recycling is actually done as planned and not for… the eyes of the world,” he added.
Demonstrators also took to the streets in other cities around the world, including Jakarta, Tokyo and Berlin, holding banners and posters with slogans such as “we are concerned about the climate crisis” and “it is not too late”.