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Silence us in Paris, we shout elsewhere : Amsterdam’s climate march

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Over 7000 took the streets in Amsterdam today, demanding that world leaders take swift action on climate change. In spite of the rain, the demonstration attracted a decent crowd, while Paris marches were canceled and rebel protesters teargassed and arrested. Many buses were planned to take protesters to Paris for this Sunday’s climate march. Since September, all big Dutch leftwing and ecologist organizations were gearing up and gathering their supporters for what hoped to be the biggest climate march in history. Following the cancelation of the Paris marches by the French authorities, many protesters turned…read more

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A thousand people watching a climate documentary on a coal plant: This Changes Everything

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Last Saturday, a thousand people and myself sat on a field accross Amsterdam’s infamous Nuon coal power plant and watched a premiere of This Changes Everything, a documentary inspired by Naomi Klein’s latest book. We don’t know yet if it changed anything, but it for sure was a very impressive feat, to be credited to the organizers, Greenpeace NL, Fossil Free NL and Milieudefensie. The Facebook event to the screening, scoring 1700 attendees and up to 5800 invitees, had triggered my expectations. As I walked onto the field and looked at the mob, then up…read more