Thousands gathered today at Castle Park to begin a 2-hour march through Bristol to demonstrate need for world co-operation in action against climate change.
The march was organised as a response to the United Nations Climate Summit which is due to take place this Tuesday 23rd September; the agenda for debate is about actions and solutions in reducing emissions and strengthening the international resilience to tackle the impending rise of global temperatures.
Worldwide, it is thought over a million participants demonstrated peacefully across 88 countries on September 21st to make it clear to world leaders the support and demand for urgent action to avert the climate change catastrophe.
Ellie suckling, 3rd year Geography student and member of the Geography Society at UWE felt that it was important that voices are heard. “It’s great to be amongst people standing up for the same cause” she said, after attending the march.
The Bristol Climate March is thought to have attracted around 2000 people. The stretch of route starting from Castle Park and ending at College Green became a stream of enthusiasm through the centre of Bristol. The excitement was infectious to spectators who joined in with the recited ‘greeny’ mantras and motorists beeped their horns as a sign of salutation.
The closing of the Climate March, which gathered outside City Hall on college Green was enriched by a live call from the Mayor of Bristol George Ferguson who was partaking in the People Climate March in New York City, representing Bristol’s efforts in the run up to Bristol Green Capital 2015. The Mayor expressed how proud he was of the success of the march and gave his condolences for not being able to be there.
Molly Scott-Cato, MEP for southwest England, conveyed the evening was one of great fortitude, emulating the brewing consensus around the world of people demanding action from their governments. A revolution absent of the ‘suits’ who are in control of the possibilities of our future.
As Bristol moves into the spotlight of European Green Capital we can expect more types of contemporary issues to become symbolised within the city, engaging and educating the community about significant issues that concern our planet’s future.
By Jared Joseph-White