Over 50,000 people from all around the UK marched through central London on 29 November calling for action on the climate crisis. The People’s March for Climate, Justice and Jobs was part of an international series of protests urging governments to do more to combat climate change. The organisers of the march said in a statement that “ours is the only generation that can solve this climate crisis” and encouraged people worldwide to “rise together to meet this moment with a single deafening message that can’t be ignored.”
Words and photos: Mariya Savova
From 30 November to 11 December world leaders will meet in Paris for the United Nations 21st Conference of the Parties (COP21) to sign a new global agreement to tackle climate change. Around 200,000 people were supposed to march through the streets of Paris ahead of the UN talks but in the wake of the terror attacks from 13 November, the rally was banned by the French government. Organisers, however, urged activists around the world to protest “on behalf of those who can’t”.
Over 2,450 events were organised in more than 175 countries around the world on 28 and 29 November. In London people gathered at Park Lane at 12pm for an opening rally, which included speakers Vivienne Westwood, Labour Leader Jeremy Corbyn, Green MP Caroline Lucas as well as international climate change campaigners. All the major environmental organisations were represented – Greenpeace, WWF, 350, Friends of the Earth. The march then moved off towards Millbank, passing Trafalgar Square, Downing Street and the Houses of Parliament. Tens of thousands of people chanted: “Climate justice”, “Solar power”, “Save our planet”, “One solution – revolution”.
See below our selection of photos from the march.