Hundreds of thousands of students and youth in 150 countries took to the streets to call for concrete measures to protect the environment and to mitigate climate change. In Sao Paulo, one of the largest metropolises on the planet, was no different. The paulistanos gathered in the symbol avenue of the city to collect the Brazilian authorities.
The event was on the official agenda of the city mayor, Bruno Covas (PSDB), who would participate in the protest accompanied by the secretaries Eduardo de Castro (Green and Environment) and Alexandre Youssef (Culture). The city council's advisory, however, said Covas had given up on participating at the last minute.
In the free space of the Masp (Sao Paulo Assis Chateaubriand Art Museum), street vendors tried unsuccessfully to place drinks, food, whistles and raincoats, all in plastic packaging, while protesters gathered around the speakers to listen. Children's requests for environmental protection and the planet.
One girl was cheered for her pronouncement: "As you share fake news and reject science, our house catches fire." One boy drew slogans against President Jair Bolsonaro (PSL), "Away, Bolsonaro. Live Amazon", and was joined by the crowd.
Protesters were holding a giant Bolsonaro puppet with the presidential sash and a large nose, an allusion to the literary character Pinocchio of the Italian novel "The Adventures of Pinocchio" written by Carlo Collodi in 1883. In the work the character's nose grows whenever he lies. .
The protests were organized online after Fridays for Future's Strike for the Future movement gained momentum in at least a hundred countries. The actions are a form of pressure to draw the attention of global leaders to meet at the United Nations Climate Action Summit next week in New York.
The presence of unions such as the CUT (Single Workers' Central) and political parties such as PSOL – which had young people handing out affiliate advertising leaflets – bothered protesters. Many distanced themselves from these groups.
Among the most common claims are the promotion of public transportation so people use fewer private cars, conscious consumption information and changing eating habits.
Larissa Kuroko, 24, of the Akatu Institute, a consumer awareness NGO, believes that mobility is a key player in combating climate change. For her, more bike lanes in the city and a better urban transport structure could encourage Paulistas to leave their cars at home and use public transportation, bicycles and scooters. It ensures that a change of habit is possible.
“There is a consumer culture, but we can reduce the negative impact of climate change on all our daily actions. Brazil is the country that consumes the most meat. I am not just talking about becoming a vegetarian, but about having conscious consumption, reducing consumption. It's a change of habit, ”he says.
Paulista Avenue also had people who came from far away. This is the case of Alberto Luiz Teixeira da Silva, 60, professor of social sciences at the Federal University of Pará, who arrived in São Paulo last Tuesday (17) to attend the 11th Congress of the Latin American Council for Peace Research and was surprised by the Strike for the Future movement.
“I study the role of state governments in the Amazon. Now I see that with the government's denial of severing relations with the Amazon Fund, governors are pulling the responsibility for financial aid from other countries. The Amazon Fund is absolutely fundamental for protecting the forest, ”he says.
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