London Climate March – 29 Nov
A sizeable group from Steyning made it to London for the Climate March on Nov 29th to add their voice to calls for an ambitious deal at the UN Climate Talks, that kicked off in Paris the following day. We were joined on the way by groups from Shoreham and Worthing, so by the time they reached the starting point on Park Lane there was a contingent of more than 30 from the three towns to swell the ranks of the largest ever climate march in the UK.
50,000 people braved the weather to take part in the good-natured and high-spirited march, clinging on to their placards and flags in the blustery wind. The homemade Steyning posters read ‘Steyning on the March’ on one side and had a series of personal messages on the other, chosen by marchers themselves to say why they had decided to give up a Sunday to join the march.
“We’re marching for hope”, read one. “We’re marching for our precious planet”, read another. “We’re marching for our children, and our grandchildren,” read others. And another said “Don’t blow it: Just do it!” summing up the frustration felt by many at how long it has taken to get to this point, on the verge of a meaningful international climate agreement.
It was a great day out, and we all came back tired, but inspired. To see some of the pictures of the event check out the Greening Steyning Facebook Page.
Sign a petition
There are plenty of online petitions doing the rounds just now that you might like to add your support to. Here’s a selection:
- Avaaz Mega Climate Petition for a Clean World – 3 million have signed up already
- 38 Degrees – a clutch of petitions to sign on climate change
- Catholic Climate Petition inspired by Pope Francis – 750,000 signatures and counting
- Climate Reality Project – Take Action Now Petition
- WWF – Bring Your Voice to COP21 petition
- Greenpeace – Petition to stop the decision on fracking in Lancashire being taken away from local people
Here’s a link to a BBC clip explaining why the Paris talks matter and why we should care about climate change.Check out this great 2 minute YouTube clip explaining what the Paris Climate Talks are all about.
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