Protests in France. Credit: Thomas Bresson/Wikimedia Commons/CC BY-SA 4.0
Protests in France. Credit: Thomas Bresson/Wikimedia Commons/CC BY-SA 4.0

Protesting children, protesting adults

Everyone has the right to education and everyone has the right to time off. Everyone has the right to work and everyone has the right to such a standard of living that provides them and their family with health and well-being.

This is said, among other things, in the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. It was adopted on December 10, 1970 in Paris.

This year’s World Human Rights Day in the United Nations (UN) marks that human rights are universal and eternal, and belong the same to everyone, regardless of age, sex or colour of their skin.

For example, this means that children also have the right to a healthy living environment.

Adults often forget about this. Children are thus warning them, loudly, that they should take care of the environment and thus the future of both young people and the planet. For example, because adults ignore them children in Sweden and Australia have already protested.

And now it does not seem like global leaders will succeed in agreeing on how to achieve what they set out three years ago in Paris.

Now in the same city, for weeks now, people in yellow jackets have been protesting.

They went to the streets because the French government wanted to raise fuel prices. The aim was to collect money to protect the environment. But people resisted because they felt that they could not afford fuel at this price.

The government then decided not to raise the price of fuel.

Nevertheless, the Paris protests continued. Demonstrators now demand lower taxes, a higher minimum wage and more benefits for retired people. Their marches are no longer peaceful, as they burn vehicles and break up store displays. This weekend there were even some people who were wounded.

Points to Consider
  1. Why were protesters against higher fuel price if the money was meant for environment protection?
  2. Why did the protests become violent?
  3. Can we change things peacefully?


The original version of this article was published on December 10th.

English translation courtesy of JL Flanner, Total Slovenia News, an English language website with news from and about Slovenia.


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