Up to 25,000 people at climate strike in The Hague today

Today, at 1pm, over ten thousand people gathered in The Hague to protest against the Dutch government’s handling of the climate crisis, as part of a global strike relay.

The climate change protest in The Hague

The protest today in The Hague was organised by several different groups, including Fridays for Future and Extinction Rebellion. They demanded that the Dutch government commit itself to an ambitious and socially just climate policy.

The police have not yet released an estimate of the number of demonstrators, but according to NOS there are at least 15,000. The organisers themselves speak of more than 25,000. The crowds have been so big that the police have ordered the organisers to move to Malieveld, rather than the smaller Koekamp. Koekamp was the original location for the beginning and end of the protest and has now been blocked by trams by the police.

Estimates say that between 15000 and 25000 people were at the protest in The Hague today. Image: Teresa Gubern.

This protest in The Hague is part of a worldwide relay strike that New Zealand began this morning. Earlier this week, the UN summit was held in New York. That is why organizers felt like this would be the best time to hold the protest week for climate justice.

How is the Dutch government handling the climate crisis?

Public awareness of the climate crisis has grown in recent years in the Netherlands. Most Dutch people believe that climate change can only be averted by government action and by big businesses altering their production methods. Only 42 percent believe that their own actions have an impact on the climate crisis, according to a report by I&O Research.

Public awareness of the climate crisis has been growing recently in The Netherlands. Image: Teresa Gubern.

The Netherlands was the first country in the world to become legally obligated to mitigate the impacts of climate change, following the Urgenda ruling. The Urgenda ruling makes it illegal for a government to allow dangerous climate change to happen. The Dutch government has repeatedly attempted to overturn this ruling, but so far it has been upheld.

According to Fridays for Future Nederland, the Dutch government’s actions have not been in line with the decision of the court- meaning that it has not taken sufficient measures to evade dangerous climate change. Fridays for Future Nederland argues for a Green New Deal, which would include a fundamental reorientation of the economy, making affordable eco-friendly alternatives available to everyone (such as public transport in place of flights, sustainable homes and workspaces, and plant-based locally produced food), and working to protect nature and biodiversity (by combatting the nitrogen crisis, for example).

What do you think of the climate protests in the Hague? Let us know in the comments below!

Feature Image: Teresa Gubern/Supplied. 

Ailish Lalor
Ailish Lalor
Ailish was born in Sydney, Australia, but grew up by a forest in south-east Ireland, which she has attempted to replace with a living room filled with plants in The Hague. Besides catering to her army of pannenkoekenplantjes, Ailish spends her days convincing her friends that all food is better slightly burnt, plotting ways to hang out with dogs and cats, and of course, writing for DutchReview.


Please enter your comment!
Please enter your name here

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.

Related posts

Latest posts

Thousands of people in the Netherlands have just lost their GP: here’s why

If you've been hit by a particularly irritating ailment, need to pop down to your local doctor, and are registered at a Co-Med practice......

Save the date: for the first time ever, no trains will run to or from Amsterdam Centraal

Usually, you think of positive things when someone tells you that history is about to be made. However, in this case, you might just...

7 places to live near Amsterdam: the ultimate guide

Looking for the best places to live near Amsterdam? We get it.  So the inevitable happened: you spent some time in the Netherlands’ biggest metropolis,...

It's happening

Upcoming events

The latest Dutch news.
In your inbox.