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Londoners protest against systematic racism
Londoners protest against systematic racism

LONDON


Across the summer, a wave of anti-racism demonstrations took place in the capital, sparked by the death of American, George Floyd, at the hands of police.
        Thousands of Londoners came together to show a statement of solidarity with the Black Lives Matter movement to demand an end to police brutality and systematic racism.
        Moments of silence were held, talks from campaigners to educate and spread messages of support were spoken. Together, Londoners from all corners called for change.
        The demonstrations have forced people to wake up to the racial biases embedded in our societies. Social media has helped grow the movement and amplify the voices of BLM campaigners and organisations who have long been fighting against injustices.
        The protests in London, and rest of the UK, forced the government to suspend the sale of British tear gas rubber pellets and riot shields to the USA. A Diversity Commission was established under by the London Mayor Sadiq Khan. The commission investigates how statues with ties to slavery should be removed and replacements erected. Further, certain TV shows with racists depictions of certain characters were removed from British broadcasting platforms.


Communities show their strength in Milan

MILAN


In March, during the peak of the Covid-19 pandemic, thousands of Italians in Milan, and across the country applauded their healthcare workers.
        Patriotic chants such as 'Viva l'Italia' (Long live Italy) and 'Vinceremo' (we will win) were sung from balconies and windows. Many hung banners decorated with rainbows and the phrase 'Andra tutto benne' (everything will go well).
        Italian’s showed the world their spirit, coming together in spectacular fashion to lift morale singing a rendition of the national anthem Fratelli d'Italia. The acts of hope and love in Milan inspired similar motions in the UK with a weekly ‘Clap for the NHS’, a show of national support for those working day and night to beat the virus.


Luxembourg works to achieve greenhouse gas emission targets

LUXEMBROUG


In March, Luxembourg made a big change by making all public transport free.  
        Despite being one of Europe’s smallest countries, Luxembourg’s heavy road congestion was becoming a big issue. While you could drive across the country in two hours in the North, within the capital you could spend two hours commuting to and from work because of the major congestion.
        The move has not only alleviated traffic jams, creating a better travel experience for its 602,000 residents but the environmental benefits for Luxembourg’s citizens are invaluable.
        The change will help Luxembourg move one step closer to achieving its greenhouse gas emission targets. The country has set out to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by 20% in 2020, compared to 2005 levels, and 40% by 2030.
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