Fridays for Future Holds Protest Outside Environment Ministry

  • Students and youth under the banner of Fridays For Future (FFF), a global movement demanding climate justice, protested outside the Union Environment Ministry.
  • “We are asking for our rights. Not begging to anyone”, “Scrap Draft EIA 2020”, “Emergency! Seas are rising” were some of the slogans the protesters wrote on a road opposite to the Ministry.
  • The FFF is a global climate strike movement that started in August 2018, when 15-year-old Greta Thunberg began a strike in Sweden.
  • In the three weeks leading up to the Swedish election, she sat outside the Swedish Parliament every school day, demanding urgent action on the climate crisis that turned into a global movement.
  • One of the main goals of the movement is to put moral pressure on policy-makers, to make them listen to scientists and then to take action to limit global warming.
  • Their demand for Delhi includes saving the Aravallis, improved sewage management plants to prevent pollution of the Yamuna, public participation in policy-making and better environmental education in schools.
  • Protesting outside the Environment Ministry because over the past few months, the government has passed many damaging legislations and rules, including the EIA 2020 and public consultation on environment laws are almost zero.