Louise Venn, Co-ordinator of Lewisham Green Party is taking part in a worldwide climate march today, ahead of a UN climate change summit.
The People’s Climate March is taking place in London and cities across the world today including New York, Berlin, Rio, Lagos and Melbourne. Members of the public have been encouraged to sign up online and participate in mass demonstrations across the globe.
It is an unprecedented event with more than 100, 000 people expected to march in New York, the location of the summit.
Venn will join an expected 10, 000 people in London this afternoon on a march from Temple Place to Parliament House. She said: “It is inspiring to see so many people from all walks of life united in their call for action on climate change. World-leaders meeting in New York have a unique opportunity to agree a road-map for building a more sustainable future and we want to ensure that opportunity isn’t missed.”
Natalie Bennett, leader of the Green Party of England and Wales said: “We want to see an end to the granting of subsidies to environmentally damaging practices such as fracking and a move-over to the use of renewable energy sources, creating new jobs in the process…We urge our world leaders to agree a way forward that will reduce carbon emissions and build a more sustainable future for us all.”
The UN summit begins on Tuesday with world leaders from government, finance and business. The summit will look at reducing the world temperature by two degrees Celsius in 2015.
For more information on today’s march, check out http://peoplesclimate.org/london/