The Climate March: Another Incredible Display of People Power

Today more than 50,000 people marched on the streets of London to display their support for a sustainable future. Large local events in Bristol, Edinburgh and Manchester among others have also been significant, making this the biggest climate march in UK history.

From London to São Paulo - today more than 600,000 people have taken to the streets in 175 countries to demand political action on climate change. People from all professions, age groups and affiliations marched together to put pressure on world leaders for a legally binding deal at the UN COP21.

Because we can no longer refuse the challenge of climate change. We have to create a world order where humanity is only part of the biosphere and not a dominant force over nature. We have to see ourselves as organisms with responsibility to the bigger world in which we are part of. This is not simply about saving the planet or the iconic polar bears. As Kumi Naidoo, International Executive Director of Greenpeace, eloquently states:

“The struggle is not about saving the planet. The planet does not need saving. This fight is fundamentally about securing our children and grandchildren’s futures”.

This is about saving humanity. With inaction we are denying future generations the right to “a healthy and sustainable planet”. What kind of world do we want to leave to our grandchildren and great-grandchildren? We have no choice. Instead of asking what is politically workable in climate governance we need to ask; what are the alternative futures? Change is happening, but we need the political will to push for it, to catalyse the transition from fossil fuels to a 100% renewable future. Today was an incredible display of people power and a step closer to climate justice.

As Kofi Annan stated on the Summit of Conscience:

“When leaders fail to lead, the people will lead and make them follow. Look around you, the signs are there: from country to country, people are taking the lead and demanding change. In good conscience, we must not fail them”.
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