Last Sunday the Peoples Climate March, the biggest climate march in history, took place worldwide. Around 40,000 people marched through London, approximately 400,000 in New York and many more across the 2,000 events in 166 countries, to demand action on climate change from politicians who gathered at the Ban Ki-Moon UN Climate Summit on 23rd September.
Leaders from all UN Member States attended with the goal to ‘reduce emissions, strengthen climate resilience and mobilise political will for an ambitious global agreement by 2015 that limits the world to a less than 2-degree Celsius rise in global temperature.’ (http://www.un.org/climatechange/summit/about/). To read the outcomes of the summit click here.
In London, the 40,000 people were joined by celebrities including Emma Thompson who, in an interview with the Guardian (http://audioboom.com/boos/2498270-actor-emma-thompson-at-the-peoplesclimate-march-in-london-act-or-we-re-buggered) commented, ‘We get used to the idea of climate change, that is the problem, and we are at a moment where if we don’t act very decisively very quickly, it’s going to be too late for us to reverse the effects of the fuel emissions. So that’s why I’m here. To put a headline on that, if you’ll excuse the fossil fuel analogy, this is the ignition key to a movement that will have to be probably the greatest grassroots activism since the human race began.’
Businesses and large corporates joined the global events, including Ikea, Ben & Jerry’s and NRG in New York. There will be further opportunities for individuals and corporates to get involved in further climate march events in the UK, organised for 7th March before the General election, and to take place during the build up to the 2015 UN climate change summit in Paris when global leaders will meet to set the deal points for the next International Climate Change agreement.