Frequently Asked Questions

Practical information

You can join the Climate March without having signed up. We do recommend you to do so for important updates and other useful information, like the location and route.

We facilitate joint travel events across the country. Check out this page for an overview of existing events you can join. If there aren’t any near you, start one yourself! Some useful resources for this will be uploaded here soon, but feel free to already email us at lokaal@klimaatmars2021.nl if you can’t wait.

During the on-stage activities a sign language interpreter will be present. Feel free to reach out to communicatie@klimaatmars2021.nl if you have any questions, or if you would like to share your own thoughts on how to make this protest inclusive to the deaf community.

Joining & supporting

There is plenty to be done, not only on November 6th but also in the weeks leading up to the Climate March. In other words, we can really use your help! Check the Join page to see what tasks need doing, and how you can sign up as a volunteer.

Mobilizing! With your help, we can motivate as many people as possible to go to Amsterdam on the 6th of November. The information and resources you need for this will appear on our Toolkit page – we’re working on it! – but in the meantime you can send an email to lokaal@klimaatmars2021.nl to get the materials we already have.

This protest is financially made possible by the ten organizations and groups within the Climate Crisis Coalition, as well as the many organizations that have stated their support for the Climate March, and our crowdfunding. Every contribution counts! Want to donate as well? You can do so via our donation page.

It’s great that you want to contribute to the Climate March! You can do so in various ways: by mobilizing your base for the protest, making a donation, or by providing volunteers. It is also possible to become a supporting organization – here you can find an overview the ones that have already joined. Interested? Shoot us an email at bondgenoten@klimaatmars2021.nl!

Motives

A central Climate March enables us to spread our message widely – not just within the Netherlands, but also in the international context of the UN Climate Change Conference. By gathering a large number of people in one place, we demand the attention of politicians and the media.

At the same time, we recognize the power of decentralized protesting. It is particularly effective at mobilizing people, addressing local themes and strengthening the environmental movement. This is why we have decided to also coordinate a decentralized day for protesting on Friday October 22nd, with actions spread throughout the Netherlands. If you want to contribute to the organization of this day, send an email to lokaal@klimaatmars2021.nl.

Increasingly, people are trying to minimize their impact on the planet. They switch to green energy, cycle more or reduce their meat consumption. However, as long as governments and pollution-heavy companies – as well as their shareholders – fail to take responsibility, it’s much harder for consumers to make sustainable choices. This is because consumers are in many ways dependent on the range of choices offered to them by institutions and companies.

No, it does not. This doesn’t mean your actions don’t matter, because they do. But we can only create a healthier climate by working on solutions together, and by making sure that these solutions are fair to all human beings living on Earth. Pollution is not an individual problem, but a collective one. We cannot wait for everyone to decide on their own that sustainably produced food is the way to go – it would take too much time, if it were to every happen at all.

What we can do, is make climate solutions affordable to everyone. And we can make sure that civilians get ample chance to weigh in on schemes designed to make their neighborhood more sustainable. In the end, we want everyone to have access to living essentials that are healthy, sustainable and affordable.

Our (resigned!) government calls itself the greenest one ever. We know, however, that this is far from true. Unfortunately nothing substantial is being done to live up to the Paris Climate Accords. Indeed, much of our money flows directly towards pollution, deforestation and unsustainable industries.

The fossil industry, for example, catches billions of euros every year. Our food production system destroys ecosystems and causes an enormous amount of greenhouse gas emissions. Not to mention the destructive ties that many Dutch companies have to palm oil, petrol and coal.

We advocate explicitly for fair climate policies, meaning we demand that everyone be sure of a stable income and a well-working social safety net. The transition to a society that values Earth and respects its limits, will actually bring about a surge in ‘green’ jobs – think the construction of windmills, or insulating houses. With a fair distribution of wealth, we can guarantee a just society for all.

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