“There are two reasons for our action, one concrete and the other more symbolic,” according to the Group Rebellion Action. “First of all, during the closure, the Bois de la Cambre had become a green and pleasant place where families, walkers and cyclists could enjoy the fresh air in peace without being disturbed by car traffic, which is in our opinion valuable because there is a clear lack of green spaces in Brussels. We must not forget that many people in Brussels do not have a garden or terrace.”
The organization adds that it “clearly wants to say no to the return of the pre-pandemic world because it was toxic. The resumption of automobile traffic in the park symbolizes this return to the toxic system that we vigorously fight.”
The group is calling for the immediate ban on motor vehicle traffic in the Bois de la Cambre and permanently “so that this place can regain its function as a resting island”.
Action Rebellion claims, more broadly, that the government and politicians explain to the population the truth about the climate emergency. “We want a quick and concrete plan to phase out CO2 emissions. We want the transition to a sustainable society within the limits of the planet to be decided in citizens’ assemblies,” concludes the citizens’ movement.