The event of the initiative of the University for the Climate is called Anti-fossil Spring. The organizers also published the exact route of the protest march.
According to student representative Valerie Vítů, the Ministry of Industry and Trade has a key influence on the energy transformation.
“But at the same time, it is important to mention that the climate crisis is not the issue of one ministry, but that it is a complex problem and effective coordination is needed,” she added.
Members of the University’s “strike movement” for the climate held talks with representatives of the ministries
Science and schools
The end of coal within 10 years?
Protesters will demand from the government “a quick and fair end to coal by 2033 at the latest and massive investment in renewables,” the initiative said in a press release.
The transition to renewable resources was already demanded by students last November, when they organized a university strike. They followed up with negotiations with representatives of the ministries.
“As usual, we only received false promises that coal mining would end in 2033, and immediately we will learn that there will be an exception for the Bílina quarry and coal will be mined there until 2035,” said UzK member Matěj Moravanský, who participated in the meeting.
In its program statement, the government has already committed to the transition to low-emission sources by 2033, but adds that “coal-fired power plants will be shut down under the condition of ensuring sufficient backup capacities”. But according to Moravanský, “the government is not taking the climate crisis seriously”.
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The entire event, specifically the protest parade, will be launched by the UzK on Tuesday at 4:00 PM in front of the Ministry of Finance. At the same time, the protesters are “sharply demarcating” themselves against breaking the mining limits in the Bílina quarry. The procession will end at the building of the Ministry of Industry and Trade, where the students plan to spend the next two nights.
An accompanying program will also be part of the sleepover event. The plan includes, for example, a debate on fossil business or a talk about the Green Deal, visitors will also have the opportunity to hear environmental poetry read, watch dance performances or listen to concerts.
In addition to Prague, the Antifossil Spring will also take place in Brno and Olomouc. The Brno cell of the UzK will kick it off with a picnic in the Björnson garden and then offer the participants an educational and cultural program.
A vegan picnic will take place in Olomouc, in addition to it, a debate on community energy and its legislative obstacles in the Czech Republic or a reading of environmental poetry are also planned.
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