From early morning until late into the night, pictures of people Rising for Climate kept flowing in — and they are amazing!
In 21 European countries people from all walks of life showed up to over 280 different events. We marched, we danced, we sang. We rallied: for the climate, for each other, for a fossil free future.
Together we created an astonishing wave of people-power, which rolled across the entire planet on the day of Rise for Climate. Hundreds of thousands of people took part in close to 1000 events and actions, on 7 continents, with millions and millions more watching and supporting online.
We showed the entire world that the climate movement is vibrant, powerful, and diverse. We showed our courage, creativity – and our sense of humour, too!
Let’s take a journey and look back at some of the awesome moments:
In Lisbon, Portugal, 800+ people marched to protest the government plans to expand oil and gas drilling permits:
More than 200 of us showed up to march through the streets of Cork, Ireland:
Hundreds of us were rising across Spain too! From Madrid…
— Mira Bangel (@MiraBangel) September 8, 2018
Rise For Climate mobilisations across France will go down in history: 150,000 people took to the streets to demand climate action in 100+ cities!
Check out this colourful rally in Lille:
The massive, 50,000+ strong #MarchePourLeClimat in Paris, was an amazing show of people power:
In Rome, Italy, the Catholic faith community took action as well:
We #RiseForClimate in Rome together with Bishop Allwyn D’Silva (India) and a wonderful crowd of climate activists, “because we must respond to the #LaudatoSi appeal”. #RiseForClimateRoma pic.twitter.com/gfMo5g5vaP
— Tomás Insua (@tomasinsua) September 8, 2018
In Germany dozens of events brought hundreds of people to camps, marches, rallies and blockades: from Berlin to Essen, from Stuttgart to Mainz.
In Munich, the Rise For Climate activists took part in a colourful sit-in to protest car traffic and climate pollution:
— 350.org Europe (@350Europe) September 9, 2018
And in Katowice, Poland – the town soon to host COP24 – local organisers set up a street stand to collect signatures on their petition, calling for an ambitious 100% renewable future for Silesia – Poland’s coal region.
♥️ Bardzo dziękuję wolontariuszom i wszystkim, którzy podpisali petycję❗ 👏✌💪 @350 @ClimateReality @ClimateCEE @COP24Katowice #RiseforClimate @zachodni @InfoKatowice @silesionpl @WyborczaKato @ZielWiad pic.twitter.com/QrDiGIEuQu
— Patryk Białas 🌍💚♻ (@patryk_bialas) September 8, 2018
In the north of Europe, people were rising for climate in many cities across Scandinavia.
Copenhagen hosted its biggest climate mobilisation since the 2009 COP, and 15,000 people showed up to demand climate action:
At the same time young people marched in Lund:
And in Stockholm, the climate march brought together 3,500 people demanding a fossil free future:
Tack till alla som kom på klimatmarschen idag! Och tack till @bothoren från Fossilfritt Dalsland som gav mig idén om att skolstrejka. #riseforclimate #climatemarchse #klimatstrejk #climatestrike pic.twitter.com/iMg4F2uTXB
— Greta Thunberg (@GretaThunberg) September 8, 2018
A day to remember
From Scandinavia to the Mediterranean, from Ireland to Hungary, from Estonia to Sicily, Rise for Climate in Europe was a multi-coloured, creative, powerful day of people coming together and demanding a fossil-free, just, 100% renewable energy-powered future for all.
Did you attend a #RiseForClimate event? Please make sure to share your photos and video from the action!
Here’s how you can stay involved in building an even more powerful climate movement. Remember: to change everything, we need everyone.