London National Climate Change March

Almost 4000 marchers, along with several hundred cyclists, demonstrated in London on Saturday 6 December, marching from Grosvenor Square along Piccadilly, past Trafalgar Square and up Whitehall to a rally at Parliament Square. It was a colourful event, with many in costumes and most carried placards or banners to send a clear message to the UK government that urgent action is needed to secure a future for the planet.

Marchers in Piccadilly

Posters reflected the four major themes Рno to coal-fired power stations, no to airport expansion, no to agro-fuels and a big yes to a renewable energy revolution and green jobs Рas well as numerous related issues.  Campaigners from many groups around the country  Рsuch as those opposed to the building of a third runway through homes to the north of Heathrow Рmade their views felt.

Phil Thornhill, National Coordinator of the Campaign Against Climate Change
Phil Thornhill, National Coordinator of the Campaign Against Climate Change

The march, organised by the Campaign Against Climate Change, was timed to coincide with the UN Climate Talks in Poznan, Poland, and was part of a Global Day of Action with events in 70 countries around the world. There was a large police presence, with more Forward Intelligence Teams than I’ve seen at a single event before, but despite¬† a few provocative actions – including what seemed some arbitrary “stop and searches” and photographing a working photographer in defiance of the guidelines – the event remained peaceful and good-natured.

Tasmin Osmond
Tasmin Osmond brought the Suffragette Banner from the ‘Climate Rush’ in October.

Environmental direct action continued on Monday morning, when around 50 activists from Plane Stupid cut through the fence at London Stanstead Airport and staged a lock-on. It was around 5 hours before police were able to remove them and the airport could be re-opened. Very many more such actions – but on a larger scale – are expected should the government reject environmental advice and press ahead with plans to build a new third runway at London Heathrow.

More pictures and more about the Climate Change March on My London Diary.

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