Erstellt am: 29. 11. 2015 - 19:03 Uhr
Climate March in Vienna
Demonstrations were held across the globe today to demand action to stop climate change, ahead of the climate summit that gets underway in Paris in a few hours.
In all there were more than 2,000 events held with two of the biggest in Sydney and London, which attracted a record 50,000 people. The climate march had been banned in Paris itself because of security fears following the terror attacks in November and an authorized demo ended in ugly scenes with anarchists reportedly throwing bottles at the police and the security forces replying with tear gas.
There was also a very peaceful and good-humoured demonstration in Vienna – held with the motto System Change, Not Climate Change.
Police estimated the attendance at only 900. "It seems Austrians don’t care that much about climate change because we are not suffering as much as other regions yet," suggested one demonstrator called Christine, who was Holding an Attac flag "but climate change is a real threat for us all."
"Actually I was really shocked that there are so few people here," admitted Sophie, who had braved the cold with two friends. "It’s important we show we care. I think it is kind of sad. Maybe there wasn’t enough advertising of the event. Or maybe people just don’t care."
Others suggested the anti-capitalist undertones might have put off a broader coalition of climate activists. Many activists see entrepreneurship as a solution and might have been alienated by the slogans such as: "Our climate is none of your business."
But since it was Vienna it was attended by some colourful and eccentric folks.