Twelve thousand dance for the environment at Ostende
The organisers of 'The Big Ask Again' video clip expected ten thousand people to turn up to the beach at Ostende on Saturday. In fact, they welcomed twelve thousand people from Belgium and further afield.
At the beginning of the afternoon, the organisers of the clip taught the eco-aware crowd a choreographed dance. The aim was to send a clear message to politicians at a convention in Copenhagen this December that urgent action must be taken if the environment is to be saved from global warming.
The crowds danced to the song ‘Magnificent’ by U2, who are also partners in fighting climate change. The Flemish organiser, Nic Balthazar, wanted to send the message exactly one hundred days before the start of the climate change convention in Copenhagen.
The new clip will be released around the world in November, in ten languages, to draw attention to the dangers of human activity and waste to the environment, as well as putting pressure on politicians to take a more proactive stance when it comes to the question of the environment.
In August 2008, a crowd of 6000 attended the first ‘Big Ask’, but the weather was not good.