Tens of thousands of Belgian students skipped classes for the fourth week in a row on Jan. 31. They are part of a growing youth protest over global warming.
Around 30,000 teenagers gathered in Brussels and other cities in Belgium. They beat drums, chanted and carried signs. They called on local politicians to take stronger action to fight climate change.
“It’s our planet and the generation before us hasn’t done anything,” said Julian Rume, 17. “In 20, 30 years, we will all be migrants, we’ll all be moved out of our planet.”
The demonstrations are part of a global grassroots movement started by a Swedish teen, Greta Thunberg. She was 15 when she decided to skip school last year on Aug. 20 after Sweden’s heat waves and wildfires. She wanted Sweden to cut its carbon emissions. She skips school every Friday to protest.
Students in Germany, Switzerland, France and Australia have followed her lead. (Reuters)
◆be gathered to one’s fathers（先祖の墓に葬られる）
◆Eager to hear the mayor’s annual speech, a crowd gathered outside of city hall.
◆chant a slogan（スローガンを唱える）
◆The stadium erupted into an encouraging chant, spurring the team into action.
◆a migrant worker（季節労働者）
◆Every year, a group of migrant birds come down from colder climates to stay the winter.
◆The new presidential candidate is doing a good to at appealing to the grassroots majority of the nation.
◆be caught on like wildfire（あっという間に人気を集める）
◆News of the government scandal spread like wildfire and by the next morning, it was printed in all of the major newspapers.
◆One possible result of living in an area contaminated with nuclear waste is developing cancer caused by radiation emissions.
Q1. Why are teens in Belgium skipping school?
They are part of a youth protest over global warming.
Q1. Around 30,000 teenagers ( ) in Brussels and other cities in Belgium.
Q2. They beat drums, ( ) and carried signs.
Q3. In 20, 30 years, we will all be ( ), we’ll all be moved out of our planet.
Q4. The demonstrations are part of a global ( ) movement started by a Swedish teen, Greta Thunberg.
Q5. Sweden’s heat waves and ( ).
Q6. She wanted Sweden to cut its carbon ( ).