Anuna De Wever

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Anuna De Wever
Anuna De Wever, 27.01.2019 (cropped).jpg
Anuna De Wever protesting in Brussels in January 2019
Born2001 (age 17–18)
NationalityBelgium
OccupationStudent
Known forSchool strike for the climate

Anuna De Wever (born 2001 in Mortsel, Belgium) is a Belgian student and climate activist who, with Kyra Gantois and Adélaïde Charlier, became one of the leading figures in the Greta Thunberg-inspired School strike for climate movement in Belgium.[1] As a result, from February to May 2019 she had a weekly column in the magazine HUMO.

In October 2019, De Wever was among the youngest climate activists to set sail on the Regina Maris for a low-carbon trans-Atlantic journey to the 2019 United Nations Climate Change Conference in Santiago, Chile.[2]

Criticism[edit]

Concerns have repeatedly been expressed, most frequently but not solely on far-right social media pages, that De Wever's activities are a front for left-wing movements seeking to influence the news agenda.[3] Centre-right Flemish minister for the environment Joke Schauvliege was obliged to resign after falsely claiming that the Belgian State Security Service had information indicating that the climate strike was a political front organisation.[4][5]

The celebrity that De Wever gained through the school strikes has led to her being personally targeted by the far right, most notably with young men hurling bottles of urine at her during the Pukkelpop music festival, and nocturnally ransacking festival-goers' tents in an attempt to locate her.[6] The politics of the young men involved was symbolised by their brandishing a variant of the Flag of Flanders that excludes all red elements.[7][8]

A fracture within the Belgian Youth for Climate movement, with personal differences leading to the departure of co-founder Kyra Gantois in August 2019,[9] led to more mainstream bad publicity.[10]

Awards[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Belgium climate protests". BBC News. 2019-01-31. Retrieved 2019-06-25.
  2. ^ Jennifer Rankin (2019-10-02). "Activists set sail across the Atlantic to Chile to demand curbs on flying". The Guardian.
  3. ^ Wim Van de Velden; Dries Bervoet (2019-02-07). "De linkse kaping van de klimaatmarsen". De Tijd.
  4. ^ Daniel Boffey (2019-02-05). "Belgian minister resigns over school-strike conspiracy claims". The Guardian.
  5. ^ "Belgian minister Schauvliege resigns over 'school protest plot'". BBC News. 2019-02-06. Retrieved 2019-06-25.
  6. ^ "Anuna De Wever harassed and threatened with death at Pukkelpop". The Brussels Times. 2019-08-16.
  7. ^ Michaël Torfs (2019-08-17). "Climate activist Anuna De Wever targeted in Pukkelpop incident, "black" Flemish lion flags seized". VRT Nieuws.
  8. ^ "Pukkelpop verwijdert Vlaamse vlaggen nadat Anuna De Wever werd belaagd". Knack. 2019-08-16.
  9. ^ Eline Bergmans (2019-08-26). "'Het boterde al maanden niet meer tussen Anuna en mij'". De Standaard.
  10. ^ Michiel Martin (2019-08-26). "Machtsstrijd binnen Youth for Climate is nefast voor de eigen zaak". De Morgen.
  11. ^ "Anuna De Wever en Kyra Gantois ontvangen Arkprijs". Het Nieuwsblad. 2019-05-30.
  12. ^ "The voices of Brussels' Global Climate strike". The Brussels Times. 2019-09-23.