Thousands join climate change march

Published: Saturday 7th March 2015 by The News Editor

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Thousands of protesters gathered at Lincoln’s Inn Fields in London today for a climate change march.

They are to march through the capital and rally outside Parliament, where they will hear messages from Russell Brand and climate change author Naomi Klein.

The event is one of around 2,500 around the world calling for action on climate change.

Caroline Lucas, Green Party MP for Brighton Pavilion, said: “Climate change is here, visible, and we know it’s time to act.

“It’s time to stand up against those determined to burn the last drops of oil and gas and be confident in our power to build a better future.

“In coming together we help build the climate movement and inspire others to join us.

“Young people, parents, grandparents, those new to the movement and veteran campaigners, we can all play our part, demanding our government legislate for the common good and not short-term vested interests.

“We’re raising our voices for a year of climate action the UK and the world has never seen before.”

Last September Emma Thompson and her daughter joined thousands of people at the 2014 People’s Climate March in London.

Protesters drew whiteboard messages and played rock music in the park including songs by The Clash before setting off.

Nina Broders, 30, said: “I think a lot of people don’t realise what the situation is and how serious it is. People are not taking it seriously enough as an issue and that’s why we are here to raise some awareness. It’s important that we go out and make people aware of the situation.”

Leila Wilmers, 30, an NGO worker, said: “It’s also about making the Government aware and getting them to change their policy.

“I’m not just here to raise awareness but to protest against the Government and the big corporations as well. They need to bring about major changes, not just telling people to switch their lightbulbs off and so on, but to stop burning fossil fuels and move to renewable energies.”

Andrew Musser, 30, a physicist at Cambridge University, said: “The Government policy is quite bizarre.

“They say they’re concerned about the environment but then they propose wide scale fracking.

“I think they need to move to renewable energy, particularly hydropower and solar power.”

At 1pm a group of anti-fascist protesters dressed all in black, some wearing balaclavas and face masks, marched into the park chanting “anti, anti, anti-capitalist”.

They posed for photos with red and black flags outside a park bandstand.

“I’ll vote for Ukip when the renewable energy runs out,” one of their placards read.

The marchers were led at the front by a man with green leaves attached to his head, who was riding a bicycle with large wings bearing the slogan: “Look after your mum.”

At one stage around 100 marchers sat down behind him in the middle of the road with their bicycles blocking traffic outside Charing Cross station.

Others chanted “Power to the people, power to the polar bear” as they marched towards Parliament.

Many carried placards with messages such as “Climate not Trident” and “Say no to fracking.”

Published: Saturday 7th March 2015 by The News Editor

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