19 September 2019

Marching together to save the climate

Global climate change is an issue that Arthur Bribosia (UCM) and Marion Meyers (DKE) feel very strongly about. Strong enough to take action. Last May, they got 3000 people out on the street to join the first climate march in Maastricht. For the next march, scheduled for 20 September, they’re hoping for 5000 participants.

klimaatmars
Voorbereiding van de klimaatmars

Collaboration with locals is one of the four goals that Students4Climate has set for the coming period. In addition, they want sustainability to become a compulsory part of every bachelor’s programme at Maastricht University. With the help of experts, they hope to draw up policy proposals for a better climate in the city. Arthur: “We’ll try to get neighbourhood platforms involved; they have the experience, UM has the knowledge.” And finally there will be a book designed to create awareness among individual people about the possibilities of a greener living.

Space

One of Students4Climate’s wishes has recently come true: they have moved into a MatchHouse in Mariaberg. MatchHouse residents organise social activities with local residents in exchange for a low rent. "We were looking for a physical space where everyone who wants to join us is welcome," Marion explains. "Together with the residents of Mariaberg, we’ll be looking at some sustainability projects which we can set up in the coming period."

But first there’s the third climate march on September 20. “Not only in Maastricht, but all over the world, people will be taking to the streets. Three days later, the UN climate summit will take place in New York. It’s high time that we showed world leaders that we demand change. For example, we believe that the Maastricht local authorities should declare a "climate emergency". We must work together at all levels to counter the consequences of climate change. "

Last May’s 3000 participants are just the beginning, says Arthur. “We’ll need more people. We’re hoping that 5000 people will join us this time around."

By: Meyke Houben (text), Students4Climate (photography)