Thousands join Climate Change march in London
Thousands of Campaigners have railed in Central London on Sunday to call on global leaders to take some effective action on climate change. London was one of 80 cities in the UK hosting the event.
Around 50000 people marched under the rain from Park lane in West London to Whitehall — it was the biggest demonstration Britain has ever seen.
The event happened ahead of the Paris Conference (COP21) of this week where global leaders will discuss a long term deal to limit carbon emission. 147 head of states and governments are scheduled to take part to the conference, bigger than the 115 who participated in Copenhagen in 2009.
Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn attended the event and speaking to the crowd had a message to the leaders in Paris “The issues facing the world in Paris this week are pollution, climate change, inequality, environmental refugees, war refugees and resources wars. If we are to make a real difference in Paris, all these issues have got to be thought about and addressed.”
“Do what you are sent there to do” he said.
Celebrities including actress Emma Thompson and designer Vivienne Westwood took part to the march urging global leaders to combat global warming.
Speaking both to the crowd “I went to the Arctic with my daughter last year and saw for myself the degradation of the environment there and it made me and helped me understand in a much more visceral real way what was happening to the planet” Thompson said.
‘Global warming is at a tipping point. If we go past it we can’t stop it. We are there right now. We have to stop it” Westwood said.