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It wasn’t a hard question to answer: “Would WeMove members chip in to back activists pushing the Polish government to declare a climate emergency?” We knew it would be a yes - but we didn’t realise how much those protests would achieve.
A few days after the people-powered protests ended, the result was in: they were a huge success. Politicians from different political parties spoke up to back the protesters’ demands, and the media was full of debate on climate change.
Protestors made the most of the opportunity to convince the government to act. People turned up in their thousands. They even closed down a major road in Warsaw. Some of Poland’s most influential media rushed to cover the story of the protests. And WeMove members’ donations helped make it happen, paying for the things the protestors needed to get the job done.
Climate activists in WarsawIt’s not an easy time to be a climate activist in Poland. The country just elected a government that has a bad track record on tackling the climate threat. So, you can imagine how it felt to the protest organisers to know that money had poured in from supporters all over Europe. They might be up against it in Warsaw, but they had backers in countries all over Europe.
We can make that happen for climate activists everywhere. No matter how isolated they might be at home, we can make sure they know they have supporters ready to step in, all over our region.
This is what we’ll do until the end of the year. By then, European leaders will decide on the European Union's climate ambition for the next 10 and even 30 years. They will also choose whether we are courageous enough to recover together from the pandemic in laying the foundations of a bright, clean and green future.
Politicians might want us to believe that only they can make the big decisions on our future. But the truth is that nothing happens without people power: together, we are the ones who can convince our politicians to act, before the climate crisis gets any worse.
David (London), Olga (Bologna), Jörg (Lübeck) and the WeMove Europe team
PS. With the right resources, we can back protests like the one in Poland wherever they happen in Europe. But to do that, we have to be able to plan ahead - and that means resources we can rely on. Are you able to give a one-off donation to WeMove, so we can keep supporting activists?
WeMove Europe is an independent and values-based organisation that seeks to build people power to transform Europe in the name of our community, future generations and the planet.