These images are from earlier this year at the Climate March – I blogged about it then,and mentioned that it was part of the build up to the Climate Talks in December. With the election result in May, I felt a bit deflated… But there’s no reason why a conservative government shouldn’t act on climate change! We’re all going to suffer if we continue to do nothing/very little.
So I’m writing to let you know about the climate marches happening all over the UK and elsewhere on November 29th. The idea is to show international solidarity in the fight for climate justice. Of course, we’re all going to be affected by climate change, but those of us who are lucky to live in a rich country won’t be as worse off as those in poorer countries… This is why it’s really important that we protest to show politicians that we do care! And not just about ourselves, but about humanity and the rest of the beautiful world that we’re destroying.
The reason the date is 29th November, is that it’s the day before the Climate Talks begin in Paris. COP21, also known as the 2015 Paris Climate Conference, will, for the first time in over 20 years of UN negotiations, aim to achieve a legally binding and universal agreement on climate, with the aim of keeping global warming below 2°C – it’s the follow up to the Kyoto Protocol. There are expected to be 25 000 government officials attending, so this is a perfect opportunity to let our voices be heard and put pressure on representatives to meet an agreement and sign a deal.
For those of you who are interested, there are the Climate Games; running from 29th November – 12th December, the idea is to raise the profile of COP21 and keep them on their toes! It’s all a bit hush hush at the moment, but there’ll be a range of actions to take part in.
And you can even get involved if you can’t make it to a march or to Paris! Oxfam recently announced a campaign of #eyesonparis – people are tweeting using the hashtag and (briefly!) explaining why they’re concerned about climate change/what deal they want etc! Celebrities have endorsed it, and it’s a nice way to show solidarity.
So there are loads of ways to get involved! I’ll be working with UKYCC and we’re going to be taking loads of images and words on blank postcards and make them into a banner to bring the youth voice to Paris.
Are you planning on attending one of the marches? Or even going to Paris?!